Temple of Edfou just before sunrise
When we left the airport and drove crossed the city of Cairo towards our hotel, located in Giza and very close to the the Pyramids, there’s a bit of excitement about the city. Normally, wherever I travel and arrive in a new city, I have that feeling – the excitement of being in a new place. Egypt still retains its magic that lures people to keep on visiting it amid the chaotic political situation of the country. Thus I try to be positive about Cairo, the capital and gateway to Egypt and the city which was built 1000 years ago.
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I visited Jordan in 2011, but my post on Jordan is limited, as I was so fascinated with Syrian heritage (which is now destroyed by the civil war). In a nutshell, I arrived in Jordan from Syria
On guard in Jerash
More Roman columns
Who needs a life jacket anyway
So which camel trail do we take?
Illuminated Petra in the evening
The Petra Siq
Petra Bedouins offering rides to the tourists
Traveling through Wadi Rum – the 7th pillars?
Camp fire in Wadi Rum with our native host.
Early start for our camel trail in Wadi Rum
Looking for a bit of desert in Amman
Aqaba beach, just across from Egypt
by bus, the day the Arab Spring erupted in Daraa, Syria, and I entered Jordan from Daraa. Anyway, I am alive and kicking now and still traveling around Arabia.
Regardless of that, this post is about Jordan, and my visit to the country that is famous for Petra. where Hollywood sometimes makes movies, Indiana Jones and Transporter used Petra as the background. However, Jordan is not only about Petra, it is also about other places that are equally fascinating such as Jerash as well as equally historical such as Madaba and Al Karak, or even the experience of floating in the Dead Sea or riding camels in Wadi Rum, crossing the desert.
The pictures above are where we visited in Jordan as captured by my camera in 2011.
I will post more stories on Jordan in time, however this is the post on Jordan so far:
Historical map of Jordan:
Ever since I came back from my Iran holiday, when ever I read or watch the news on TV, I seem to hear about Iran, which made me think as if Iran is the flavour of this month’s news. Or maybe I am biased as I am so fascinated about Iran at the moment. Well, I think I am not totally wrong because even though I don’t normally follow political news, but because of the turmoil on the border of Iran-Iraq state, Iran might work with the US on how to handle the situation, and even the UK plans to reopen it’s embassy in Iran, And there’s another (old) news of the more liberal new Iranian Leader who is willing to open a discussion with US.
Similar to when I told my friends that we planned to visit Yemen, they were also asking me why did I want to go to Iran? It’s an unstable country and what is there in Iran anyway? My reply then was the same as going to Yemen, and its all about the architecture. But once I saw Iran, except the architecture, everything I heard and I knew about Iran was shattered. Right when we arrived in the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA), to Tehran, and to other places within the country, Iran was clean, very modern, the city was green, a lot of tree lined avenues and most of all, the people, they were very friendly very open (I am not talking about the government and the politics here).
Regardless of all the news and negative propaganda by the press about Iran, I am glad that Keith and I managed to see Iran when it hadn’t been soiled with McDonalds or KFC.
Map of Iran:
I lived in Bahrain in 2008 to 2009, and that was when I started to blog with photographs, but as it was the beginning of my photography obsession, I did not do it properly. That means I took picture just to help me remember where I’ve been, as they say a camera preserves memories. But then I can’t remember where I kept all those photos, besides changing my computer and moving homes, packing and unpacking, down-sizing and all those things made me loose my files as well, and I lost most of my Bahrain photos.
This little collection of Bahrain photographs will help me remember my stay in Bahrain and as a proof of how my photography quality has evolved.
This will also help me in recalling all my posts about Bahrain:
Map of Bahrain:
Yes, I visited Yemen recently, even though the hospitality industry in Yemen is at it’s lowest at the moment due to the bad propaganda associated with the country, as well as travel bans and other political issues. However, we really had a good time in Yemen.
They don’t have good hotels to offer, the only 4/5 star hotel they had was the Sheraton Sanaa. But due to low occupancy, it has now turned in to something else other than a hotel.
But regardless of that, Yemenis are very friendly people. They like to be photographed – see my post about it here (Sura-sura…!); their landscape is like no other I have seen in the Middle East. Sanaa, it’s capital, is one of the oldest cities ever inhabited.
These are the other posts on Yemen:
- Arabian Windows (1/13/2014)
- Sura… sura…! (3/4/2014)
- The Yemen (5/13/2014)
- Why Yemen? (1/16/2014)
- Yemen in Brief (1/31/2014)
Map of Yemen:
Little Taj – From the other side of the Jamuna River, a replica of Taj Mahal
Vocabulary of Indian Architecture Detail
Even dogs need to relax as well
The famous Taj Mahal during a hazy sunset
In preparation to celebrate Holi
The architecture of the observatory center in Jaipur
Frisky Donkey – There are many ways on looking at domesticated animals in India. do you think they are better off roaming around in the city, together with human or in the wild, where space are getting smaller for them?
Elephant Rides are still popular in India, even though many Animal Protection organizations are against this…
The dancing Cobra – Trying to earn money by romanticizing the legend of the dancing cobra, where the truth is nothing romantic or exotic about this.
Henna, still favourite among the girls.
Splendour of the colonial era
Jaipur the Rose City – The facade of the rose city as taken from inside our bus, hence the reflection of the bus window
Detail is everywhere – The architectural detail of Indian Culture
Qutb Minar – Made from recycled materials long before the West’s propaganda of using recycled materials….
The White Palace in Delhi
The Diversity of India – Its diversity also represented by the diversity of its power cable formation
Jama Masjid – The Grand Mosque of Delhi, despite it’s Hindu population which is the majority of the area
Gulap Jamun – One of the many Indian Delicacies
For once they are also looking after the garbage….
India is big and very diverse; thus it is hard to see India from one region only. Recently I just came back from India, and as usual, I brought back a lot of photographs, however, I don’t believe that a weeks visit will capture the whole country, as I only went there for Holi Festival, which I didn’t really manage to capture the festival. The other “classic” tour of India, The Golden Triangle – (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and back) which is the tourist name of the area but to the local Indian, they don’t know that this name exists.
These are a few posts from India:
I think these do not represent the diversity and the real India enough, (as nobody can) as there are so many other places in India that I have to see…
Map of India:
We were in Syria in 2011, for an 8 day guided tour trip around the country. Since we left, almost every day, I hear the news about the uprising in Syria . Believe it or not, today was exactly the day in 2011 that we left Syria at the border for Jordan and at the same time the uprising started to erupt in Daraa, the border city with Jordan. Since then, thousand have been killed and millions made homeless in Syria’s civil war. Sadly enough this has also caused irreparable damage to some of the world most precious historical sites.
We were lucky enough to see some of those historical sites all around Syria. I will dedicate my next posts to my memory of the good old Syria …
Please note a click with your mouse to top left hand corner of each picture gives a description.
Check out my other posts about Syria:
Or full list post on Syria
Map of Syria:
The remains of the Temple of Jupiter, at the edge of Umayyad Mosque
Damasq – the famous red colour of Damascus that create it’s name for the colour as as well as the cloth type
Inside Assyam Palace, in the middle of the Old City of Damascus
The famous Hejaz Rail Station – The track was supposed to connect Damascus and Mediina in Saudi, but this is never materialised
Umayyad Mosque – one of the 4 most important mosques in Islam History
The very ornate Iranian Mosque, at the other end of the town
The head of a Corinthian column laying around all over the place in Palmyra
Bedouin kid posing for my camera…. where is he now? …. So many question could be asked for him…
The main gate to Palmyra, which is in the middle of the war
Series of Corinthian Columns in Palmyra
Resafa, another archeological site in Syria, built in the 9th BC by the Assyrians
Arabs normally are shy to be photographs, but not so with this good looking man that I met in one of the historical places in the countryside of Syria
Citadel of Aleppo –
Inside the Aleppo Citadel
The children who had a school visit to this citadel in Aleppo, they were laughing and chatting when we were there.
Aleppo’s Old Souq
Facade of Aleppo then: grey, dusty and unmaintained, but the ornament of the facade are still intact. I don’t know how it looks like now….
The smile – She smiled shyly, but she is not camera shy
Where they are? – Aleppo’s young people happily pose in front of my camera, I wonder where they are now?
Hama Water Wheel – The City of Hama, famous for it’s water wheel on the river Orontes, built in the 7th century. One of the largest had a diameter of about 20 metres and its rim was divided into 120 compartments. The picture shows one of the 17 water wheels survived to the 21st century. What I don’t know is whether this is surviving the civil war.
Krak des Chevaliers a Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval military castles in the world.
Krak des Chevaliers
Krak des Chevaliers – lies between the cities of Tartus and Homs; situated in the Homs Gap, guarder the road between the Homs and the coast.
A view in Maaloula, a village around 56 km Northeast of Damascus and 1500m above see level, is where the language of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ and still used as a living language in this village.
Busra was one of so many Roman Cities, however, now it’s only a small village near Syrian Border with Jordan. This Amphitheater was the only ruin that was still intact, 2 years ago. Now, who knows….