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Sunday, 20-Jul-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Engraved wall (one of many) at the Hamra' palace in Granada
Antequera, a town where the officials of Al-Andalus resided
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A quick weekend thing. Just enough time to drive through the a few bits including Granada. Antequera was a major town housing many state officials. The main mosque is now a church although walking round to the back of building you can see the old brickwork.

Saturday, 24-May-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Petra, Jordan

I even cropped this to make it look more interesting..
'I know where I am'
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Ghani and I did the equivalent of a whole days trekking in 3 hours. We reached the monastery and then climbed even higher to see some of the most amazing views in Jordan. "F***ing awesome!" said the Australian (not Ghani) as he helped us with directions. When we got there we didn't take photos as we thought we couldn't really capture the vastness of the scene. Not very clever though. I wish I had at least one shot of that wadi.
We came out to find that we were too late to get transport back to Amman and so we did what any reasonable tourist would do and got the local police to call a taxi from Aqaba. 25JD or something. Loads of fun, and blisters too.

Thursday, 22-May-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sabra and Shatilla

Arial (?) bombardment, Sabra
Palestinian homes in Shatilla (football stadium behind)
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No visit to Beirut would be complete without a visit to the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla. Most people will think of the massacres committed by Israel's proxy forces in 1982 but these refugees have remained here for over half a century. We spent a couple of hours wandering around the two camps meeting various people, often children.
The people are certainly less open and friendly than in the refugee camps of Gaza or the West Bank and I felt more claustraphobic than when I was in Gaza. Which is saying something.

Tuesday, 20-May-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
South Lebanon

The 'Amal' militia making their presence felt
The view from Beaufort castle: a much fought over vantage point
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Beirut to Sidon. Then on to Tyre. A taxi from here to Nabatiyeh, which is an ideal base from which to explore the south of Lebanon. Much of the region was engulfed by the civil wars of the 70s and 80s. The Israeli occupation, which ended recently, will not be easily forgotten. Many of the villages that were occupied or shelled are in a sorry state.
Good fun taxi ride though. Just had to be careful not to tread too far off the road as the whole region is peppered with landmines. The last few photos include some from al-Khiam prison, a horrible place where prisoners were held for decades under the most inhumane conditions. You may have to click to see them all. Hope it's worthwhile.

Monday, 19-May-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
West Beirut

Fishing whilst...
...the nannies (Sri Lankan imports) watch the kids
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Unable to travel due to a (suspected) fatteh induced bowel problem, I spent the afternoon at the corniche snapping away at some interesting scenes (in between stomach cramps and what not).

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