Rocking in the Lebanon.....Day 2...sitrep.
Woke very early this morning having had dreams about large rocks crushing me. My first waking thought was that it was due to the monster stones that I was in Baalbek to see, but then realised that it was really due to the weight of the bedding they use in the hotel and which was in fact inhibiting my breathing. They don't go for the quilt option, instead they pile 5 sheets and what appears to be 17 Persian rugs on the bed...still...It was warm.
Breakfast was basically cream tea but with flat pitta bread instead of scones. The old guy who I'm convinced was around when Alexander the Great built the hotel, was also the one who served us brekkie. He seems to appear like Mr Ben used to in the kids TV program, showing up whenever u need anything; this is great but can also be a little disconcerting...as I later found out when I ran out of toilet roll.
Straight from eating we set off to explore. Now as with any such place there are always people around who wish to sell u trinkets etc and before we even entered the site I became the proud owner of.
1x Hezbollah t shirt
1x guide book for Baalbek, written in Arabic
1x light blue shamac with a coffee stain in one corner
1x authentic Roman coin, which (I was surprised to find out) was made in China?
All the above was purchased for what I considered to be a reasonable price and the guy who flogged it to me also appeared very pleased, as he then walked off and straight into the local Audi show room.
The following hours were spent in what i can only describe as a weirdo wonderland as we toured the site and I salivated at all of the bits which I feel support my theory on the technologically advanced pre-historic civilisation.
(I will write a separate blog about the evidence at Baalbek, when I have figured out how to keep it all succinct but still get my point across).
As we paid to enter the site we met a guy who immediately told us he had once escorted John Prescott around Baalbek, (WTF?) and offered to be our guide. We did manage to deflect his kind offer but then failed miserably when another one ambushed us as we walked about. This guy however proved to be a star as he got us into an 'out of bounds' area of the site, which then allowed me to get the view and pic I had been hoping for. We did have to endure a trip to his brother Mohammed's shop after the tour though, during which he tried to flog us more Hezbollah t shirts, properly real Roman coins! and an authentic pair of Roman 'Nike' trainers.
From the ruins we then went to the location where they quarried the rock for the site, which still holds the 2 biggest cut stones on the planet (see pics). Bloody GINORMOUSLY GODDAMM COTTON PICKING MASSIVE. 2000 tonnes plus, these babies are magnificent. (Just a quick reminder..I work on a heavy lift ship and see exactly the technology's required to move objects a lot less than half the weight of these megaliths...if you really believe these things could be moved by manpower alone, come look at this place and entertain me with your theory)
One final piece of Loonasy before I depart .....I've had an amazing day...I've seen things which send any active mind into overdrive....however there are emerging reports, supported by some pictures, of a place deep in the wilds of Siberia, where they are starting to think that ...what has been considered a cliff since people first lived in the area, may in fact be a humongous pre-historic building made from blocks that would make these at Baalbek look like pebbles. If you think I'm talking rubbish.....Google 'Gornaya Shoria'.
30/11/17...addition to this post. During my 'Around the World in Ancient days' Blog (Feb 2018 onward) I will be visiting Gornaya Shoria