There's no way around it. If you're in Syria, you have to come by Hama and visit the water wheels. They're located in an amazing place and surrounded by outstanding scenery. What I loved most about them is the sound they make. So romantic.
Had a great time visiting the Norias. Something uniquely interesting about them and there are a couple of great restaurants on the other side of the lake to enjoy good food and the view. Hope they remain preserved throughout the war and I can visit again someday.