What a fabulous holiday! Syria, in particular, was much more than I expected. The people everwhere in both Syria and Jordan were so friendly, inviting and helpful as we found in Aleppo and Petra. Syria was amazing and inexpensive. Jordan on the other hand, while with its own amazing sights, was more expensive and commercialised with places like McDonalds and Pizza Hut much in evidence. Despite the troubles which were beginning to surface in Syria, we never felt threatened or unsafe anywhere. The souks in Damascus and Aleppo were busy but were places you could enjoy without being constantly hassled, even in the evening.