These photos were taken a short while before the start of the Syrian civil war.  They’re ordinary travel photos, but their unremarkable nature is precisely what, in hindsight, makes them remarkable: even though the country was at the brink of national tragedy, there was no hint of unrest in the city or countryside–only the calm and ordered predictability of daily routine.  Yet only a few weeks later, civil war would gradually transform these platitudes of quotidian serenity into poignant symbols of loss.