On the road in Libya


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April 9th 2005
Published: April 28th 2006
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Arrived in Libya expecting a dry arid country, but I was very surprised by the greenery - Orange, olive and lemon trees near the coast, and palms in the interior. That is not to say that water is not a concern. Libya's huge project the Great (great artery of life) man made river brings water from the south to fill storage containers near the coast. Traffic circles often feature styalised wells or water containers.

Tripoli- is a beautiful town, not too many cars, great for walking, and has real attractions such as the Red Castle, the old wall, Green Square with its coffee shops, and best of all the old Souq. The Souq comes with winding old alleys, interesting shops, it is right out of 1001 nights. The only downside is that coffee in Libya is Nescafe.

Near Green Square, you can still see the Italian influence from their stay from 1911 - 1945. You can also see it in the food - bagette bread, italian soup, and pasta.

Out in the country side there are old Greek and Roman cities; Cirene featuring a huge cemetery on the side of the hill. Sabratha with its mosaics and theatre,
The road to KufraThe road to KufraThe road to Kufra

We drove around the country visiting different towns, 8 guys + two trucks.
and Leptis Magna huge ruins accompanied with the sound of birds and surf. A real treasure is Ghadames. Ghadames is a walled palm tree oasis city, a World Heritage site that is an example of conservation and how to live in a world of limited resources.

My personal favorites, which although interesting might not be worth a recommendation because of the difficulty getting to them versus the sight seeing rewards were;

Gharyan - Troglodyte homes (below ground level) which are cool in the summer.

Nalut - The locals joke that it is better to die than go to Nalut, but they have a well preserved store house that looks like it was designed by Dr seuss.

Al Marj - The old town was deserted after an earthquake in 1962.

Awlja - They preserve an old 'hump' style mosque. We had dinner at the new mosque and then a tour of the crypt.

Kufra - So far out into the desert, but you can still see Micheal Jackson posters.

Accomodations tend to be good in Libya. Any larger town has a large underused hotel, but even a luxury room may have no toilet paper.
Dinner at AujlaDinner at AujlaDinner at Aujla

Out in the hotel parking lot
The desert goes on and on - all there is to see are power lines, roads, camels and gas stops.

The people were the best part of the trip - friendly, honest, courteous. One time I returned to my hotel room carrying a few bags of tools and equipment. I put them down outside in the hall to open the door, and then (I thought) I took all of them inside. After a shower, I realized someone was knocking on my door. He wanted to point out that I left one of my expensive pieces of equipment outside in the hall.


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El Marg

The old church damaged in 1962
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Ghadames

A place to sit out of the heat of the day
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Ghadames

The stair to the roof (the women's world) Note the cups on the wall.
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Ghadames

View from the roof. Men mingle on the ground floor, women cook and talk on the roof.
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Ghadames

Main road - water runs beside the path.
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Ghadames

Garden makes for a relaxing spot.
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Gharyan

Home below the ground.
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Gharyan

Entrance above the ground.
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Cirene

Old Greek city predates the Roman sites.
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Cirene

The old cemetery
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Cirene

A view of the road and the sea.
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Kufra

Gentlemen, this is Kufra - A line from the Omar Mocktar movie. Omar Moctar is on the 10 dinar note.
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Kufra

Downtown
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Kufra

Where does this road lead?
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Leptis Magna

Written in stone
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Leptis Magna

The main road
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Supper in the desert

The best part of the day. The guys showed me how to wash your hands with the sand instead of soap.


28th April 2006

Lovely photos!
Dear David, lovely photos and report of your journey so far in Libya, I hope you are able to post some more reports and photos. Enjoy your time there. Patricia, UK.
4th May 2007

Libya
Dear David, At First , i hope you enjoy with our country,it's so nice to see the photos for it in this site. i think there are lot of places in Libya you never visit it,it's a big country isn't it? hope to meet you soon there ,bye your's Mansor mirathco@yahoo.com
23rd August 2009

Great Photos
So interesting to see photos of places one only he they can visit. Lybia and many other countries have places that though obscure are fascinating to me: I wonder if I will ever be able to travel the uncommon destinations. Thank you
5th October 2009

so brutile
they should make easy way for our niger boys because our country is on fire
16th October 2009

muuuy bueno
me encantaron las himagenes
2nd October 2010
Fortress Zalah

what does Zalah means?
10th November 2010
Tripoli- Old Roman Monument

nice
that is so nice
3rd March 2011
Sabratha

news
dali news

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