Friday, February 23, 2007

Vacation Pics

I've posted a bunch of pictures from my holiday, and I'll let them tell the story. I had a great time - it wasn't very 'restful' but it was exactly what I needed. I got to walk a lot, join in political protests in Beirut, see firsthand the damage from the Israeli bombing of Lebanon, explore Damascus and spend time with friends and family. There is one part of the story that is missing - my camera wasn't working when I went to Dahiya, the suburbs of Beirut. The damage I saw there was more overwhelming than anything I've ever seen - even 6 months after the fact. I wish I could share those images with you...


Dubai


Amal and I at breakfast


The hotel I stayed in in Dubai


On the way out of Beirut - heading south


Rebuilding a bombed out bridge just outside of Beirut


Valley


Hizballah flag at the top of Fort Beauford in southern Lebanon - a strategic spot that has been controlled by the Lebanese, Palestinians and Israelis at different points.


Marcy and I took a wrong turn and ended up in an area with cluster bombs. The road was clear, but the red and white tape marks dangerous areas.


poster warning civilians about cluster bombs


Private home in Southern Lebanon


Sunset - we had to move fast because the roads were too bad to drive after dark


Children playing in the rubble


Southern Lebanon - there used to be a house behind this gate...


Mosque in Southern Lebanon


Damascus - One of the oldest covered souq's in the world


A khan in the old city. Khan's are places were merchants would stay overnight


This is where unprepared women go to get a brown cloak that covers their hair and bodies before entering the mosque. I looked like one of the sand people from Star Wars...


Courtyard view


Courtyard of Al Ummayed Mosque


Woman praying inside the mosque


Mosque interior


Storyteller at a traditional Damascus coffee house


Minaret


View from a Damascus rooftop in the Old City


Bob, my host and guide in Damascus


The interior (and I do mean interior) of a beautiful Damascene style home, in the old city


Beirut
Lebanese citizens returning from the rally on February 14, the anniversary of Hariri's assassination


Balloon with a picture of Hariri


The wrecked building in the background is where Hariri was assassinated


Girl holding the Lebanese flag


Minivan full of patriotic young Lebanese guys


Enormous lebanese flag, with the Hariri mosque in the background, Martyr's Square


Billboard of Condi - the part you can't see has a snake. In arabic it says, "I am Condi" under both pics...


Hizbollah encampment next to the Parliament. They are demanding a new government.

1 comment:

Meshari said...

Hey sis, looks like you had a wonderful time on your vacation. once again I am very impressed by your photo's. Hopefully i can talk to you this saturday.

Talk to yea then.