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Libyan Memories - part one: A-Z and Tripoli

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A March 2010 trip to Libya by koshkha

C is for Cyrene Photo, Libya, Africa More Photos
Quote: We took a one week tour of the ancient Greek and Roman sites of Libya in March 2010

Libyan Alphabet - From Africa to Food

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C is for Cyrene Photo, Libya, Africa
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I like to take holidays in the sort of places that make my American friends nervous. This time we chose to take a one week tour of Libya. We generally prefer DIY trips but I really wouldn't have a clue how to organise a trip around Libya and the sheer simplicity of letting someone else sort out the visas and transportation won out this time. There's not much tourist infrastructure so doing it yourself is really tricky. However, the good news is that as citizens of one of the few countries that Colonel Gaddafi isn't in a mood with at the moment, we found the country almost empty of tourists which was nice for us but a shame for the locals~Tourism in Libya~I found this on a Libya...Read More
G is for Gaddafi Photo, Libya, Africa
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~G is for Gaddafi – of course!~The world's second most famous Colonel (the other is the one with the 'special blend of herbs and spices') became the leader of Libya at the age of just 27, after a coup in 1969. This means he's been around for the same length of time as Sesame Street. The man nicknamed 'Mad Dog Gaddafi' (I think it was by Ronald Reagan, ever the diplomat) is a Bedouin by birth who likes to sleep in a tent and doesn't really like cities. However, despite his tent-dwelling origins, if you are a Libyan and you need somewhere to live, he'll give you a house or an apartment. If you have children he'll provide them with schooling, university places and scholarships to go abroad if...Read More

Libyan Alphabet - From Odeon to Zebras

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O is for Odeon Photo, Libya, Africa
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~ O is for Odeon ~As the guide at our first ancient site told us "Not the one in Leicester Square". I learned a few lessons during a week of ancient archaeological sites including that the Greeks built their theatres (called Odeons) into hill sides, usually in quarries that they already dug for rock to build the city. The Romans by contrast built their theatres above the ground.~P is for Ptolomais~Ptolomais was the first archaeological site we visited. It's in Cyrenae in the East of the country and was founded by the Greeks in the 6th or 7th century BC. The Romans conquered it in the 1st Century and built some amazing underground water collection cisterns which can ...Read More

Funduq Al-Mukhtar

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Hotel | "Are You Having Fun, Duck?"

Funduq Al-Mukhtar Photo, Tripoli, Libya
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I didn't have very high expectations of the accommodation that would be included in our trip to Libya. After all, it's not the sort of place where the hotels are flooded with tourists and the hotels have to try very hard to impress them. The Funduq Al Mukhtar was our hotel on the first night of our trip and again for two nights at the end of the week.~Location and First Impressions~The hotel (funduq just means hotel – shame, it's a lovely word!) is near to the old city in central Tripoli and just a few minutes walk from the main souks of the historic centre and about ten minutes from Green Square (which isn't green and isn't square). Our bus was only half-sized but it still st...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 28, 2010

Funduq Al-Mukhtar
Sharia Al-raza
Tripoli, Libya
+218 21 4444536

Athar Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Tentacles and Temptation"

Athar Restaurant Photo, Tripoli, Libya
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We arrived in Tripoli late in the afternoon on Sunday with little in the way of anything particular to do. One of the women in our group had read in the guidebook that the restaurant next to the Marcus Aurelius Arch was supposed to be particularly good. We agreed to meet at 7 in the hotel lobby and head into the Old City and see if we could find it.At seven o'clock five of us set off to follow our noses in roughly the direction where we believed the restaurant lay. Walking through the markets and souk of the Old City we were navigating on nothing more than instinct with lots of zigging and zagging along the way. The streets are very narrow in places and it was quite hard going. We had all ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 30, 2010

Athar Restaurant
Next To Marcus Aurelius Arch
Tripoli, Libya