My brother Sam, three years my junior, loved knights. He read books, dressed in halloween customes, and led Playmobile into fierce battle. He had a real sword, rarely out of its sheath, but always a great excitement.
We must have watched Kid in the King’s Court, a movie about King Author, at least 20 times together.
My 10-year-old brother, Grayson, is equally entranced by knights. I am always amazed by his complex battle scenes and ability to entertain himself for hours. A while back i bugged him about it. It’s so violent, why do you like this?
It’s fun, he told me. It’s not real.
These pictures are especially for you two.
The first castle we visited was Krak Des Chevaliers in Homs, built in the 12th century by crusaders. As power changed hand others gained control, evident by the architecture. Found inside are a church and a mosque.
The Syria’s landscape surprised me. Crak was surrounded by green rolling hills, flowers, trees and not much else.