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Tim 18-Apr-2015 13:52
Loved your pictures of Ugarit. Thank you!
Guest 21-Oct-2013 20:06
Thank you for sharing the photos.
Heba 19-Apr-2013 01:26
I'm from Homs, but i live in canada and i found this site after Homs had been destroyed.
It brought back alot of memories and many, many tears.
Its a really great collection.. thank you.
But all of this is now gone..
MeedO Munchen 04-Jan-2012 20:55
what a great effort and work, thank you very much.
ps_imaging16-Jun-2011 19:25
Dick, your images of Syria are just awesome!...I’ve been planning of visiting this place for sometime now but coming from the US, I was discouraged to go due to travel red tapes and advisories. But I sure would like to go and visit when Syria is peaceful again. Meanwhile, I’ll be just be contented looking at your great photos and galleries, thanks for sharing.

Pete S.
dosseman_syria19-Nov-2010 21:14

I tried to answer but the address you gave bounced. I wrote as follows:


About the 50 years ago (well, 45 really) that you mention I stood on Caernarvon’s walls, taking a picture down my legs, over my feet and into the depth under them, to later show to my father, who suffered from fear of heights. So I know at least one castle in Wales.

I’m glad that, to a connoisseur, my Krak pictures look alright. If you happen to know things I do not use in my caption, please write a comment and I will add it. On my Turkey site I have a link to some Turkey castles that you might like. I keep rearranging pictures and adding captions, but then again I have to go on the road once again, next I return with thousands of pictures, and there we go again. It’s an uphill battle. And with all the equipment I carry I feel slightly like a night errand. Messages like yours keep me fight the good fight, though. So, thanks.
John 19-Nov-2010 19:53
I have been studying castles since starting my degree,about 50 years ago.It has always been a dream of mine to visit Krak.Sadly,I suspect I will never get there.
Your photos are the best and most informative that I have ever seen and I am grateful to you for sharing them.I have been able to glean much new information from them.
I live in Wales,often called "the land of Castles",so I guess I'm lucky.
Good luck in your future travels.
dosseman_syria26-Apr-2010 08:41
Diane later wrote me: The complete name is ' Southeastern Anatolia Guide - a panorama of civilization'. The DVD has a different name and cover illustration, but it's the same guide book in electronic format. The book ISBN number is 978-9944-60-209-9 published in December 2007.

The Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce website is
Diane Conti 24-Apr-2010 15:04
Thanks for sharing all your photos, especially those of Turkey. This country often gets a bad rap and it's a pleasure to see another foreigner who enjoys it as much as I do. The south eastern region gets few foreign visitors, so your photos and perspectives are much appreciated.

In reality the photos and stories we share about the places we visit make us unofficial ambassadors for those countries. We have an even greater effect than those who hold official these positions.

This month I visited the Gaziantep Museum to see the Zeugma Mosaics. I have seen the Byzantine mosaics in Harbiye, Istanbul, but Zeugma is pre-Chritistian era. They are a must-see. Tomorrow I will visit Urfa and Haran. Before the weather gets too hot I plan to visit Mardin and Diyarbakir. I'm only a couple of hours drive away from Mt Nemrut, but I'm not sure when I'll go there. Like yourself, I'm also an avid photographer.

The Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce has published a fantastic paperback book 'Southeastern Anatolia Guide' that is very detailed as well as beautifully illustrated. It has been published in English too. You might be able to find it on their website. It is also in DVD format too - 'On the Trail of Southeastern Anatolia'. I'm sure if you request it the Gazimber of Commerce will mail you copies of the book and DVD. (For Zeugma mosaics go to

Happy and safe travels to you!