99 photos from Libya 2009

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A stop en route on our trip to Ghadames – we had to get an official letter from the Principal asking people to help and not hinder our passage and offer assistance if required.
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Ghadames mosque.
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Christina and Lucy in Ghadames.
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Ghadames – the original inhabitants were moved out by the government when they restored the ancient town and were housed in nasty new buildings, just like happened at Petra!
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Ghadames was famed for its covered streets.
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Ghadames the doors 1.
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Ghadames the doors 2.
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Ghadames from without
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Outside Ghadames.
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Ghadames – a garden outside the walls.
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Traditional lunch in a typical (restored) Ghadames house.
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Ghadames the doors 3.
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Ghadames mosque.
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Ghadames café – it was a remote town which made a living from tolls and services to caravans travelling the Northern Sahara between Tunis and Tripoli.
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Lucy and Christina  in one of the typical Ghadames alleyways.
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Ghadames outside the mosque.
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Ghadames garden.
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Ghadames lunch.
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Tash and Mollie in Ghadames.
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Mollie.
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Outside the old British consulate in Ghadames.
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The British consulte in Ghadames today – it was formerly a pretty remote posting involving weeks of travel to the nearest city and was not enjoyed overly much by the consuls.
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How the women lived – never allowed down but got around town on the rooftops and walls, lowering baskets down to the market for shopping.
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Not much to see here at the former British consulate.
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The street where the British consulate was.
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The Allens.
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Unrestored Ghadames.
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More beach – and a nice one.
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Beach.
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International day.
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Tash on the beach.
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Typical beach.
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Me and Mollie on the beach.
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Nalut.
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What Mollie thought of it all.
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Mollie enjoying sightseeing.
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Oasis shade.
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Mollie.
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Mollie at Sabratha.
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One of the first paddles in the sea.
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Nalut.
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Nalut.
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Nalut.
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Olive press.
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Nalut Qasr – 13th century fortified granary.
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Nalut Qasr – one of those undiscovered gems of Libya we discovered.
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Nalut Qasr.
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Nalut Qasr.
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He who could not be named.
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Him.
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Dave – halloween MC.
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The Pied Piper of Tripoli – aka Dave Allen
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Remembrance day service Tripoli.
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Our street and why a pushchair was a difficult vehicle to manoeuvre.
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Military cemetery Tripoli – another of those beautifully maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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A Desert Rat.
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Remembering those who did not return.
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Remembrance Day.
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A touching message.
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After the service the Ambassador invited all those present at the service in the cemetery back to his Residency for drinks and canapés…
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…after two months in the dry country, er… that will be a YES PLEASE!
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Olive press.
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Nalut Qasr.
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Nalut Qasr.
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Nalut Qasr.
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Nalut Qasr.

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Nalut Qasr.
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On the toilet in Sabratha – nice view from the throne room.
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Sabratha.
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Amphitheatre Sabratha – good to find some shade.
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Sabratha amphitheatre.
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Sabratha-Super-Mare.
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Sabratha – so empty and atmospheric.
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Fish detail Sabratha.
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Sabratha Goddess.
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Sabratha Goddess and daughter.
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Sabratha mosaic.
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Sabratha pornography – cheeky!
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Sabratha detail.
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Under the stage at Sabratha.
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Sabratha detail on the front of the stage.
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Sabratha sun.
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On the toilet again at Sabratha.
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The Empress.
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Sabratha columns.
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The Allens – lunch stop en route.
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A touching note.
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Back garden of our house.
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Tripoli back street boys.
Tripoli Medina and harbour
Tripoli harbour and old town.
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Tashes ‘brothel’ (bought in Jordan) in our garden.
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Libyan flag coloured cot.
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On the way to the shops, where in Tripoli the man in the veg shop always pulled the thorns off a rose and gave it to Mollie. who then always pulled all the petals off on the way home.
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Yefren – the town.
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From Yefren hotel.
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Yefren.
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Sandstorm.

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