As with my last post, on Syria, these are, essentially holiday snaps. In November 2008 I was fortunate enough to be in a position to visit Libya for the first time. I hope not the last.
Libya may not seem to be the most obvious holiday destination, but sites in the country are, or should be, on every ‘see before you die’ list. I was travelling with a group, as independent travel was very difficult, if not impossible, due to visa restrictions and the various other regulations then in force. Prior to travelling, I had to have my passport translated into Arabic and the prohibition on any alcoholic substances was very strictly enforced.
My travel primarily focussed on the coastal zones in both Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, part of the Green Mountain area and the Gulf of Sirt. This took a number of important Phoenician, Greek and Roman sites, including the famous birthplace of the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, Lepcis Magna. We were also fortunate enough to stop off at a lesser known Facsist-era site, Medinat Sultan and the mysterious indigenous Libyan site of Aslonta (AKA Slonta). I’m very hopeful that I’ll be able to visit again in the future. I’d love to get to Fezzan, Ghadames, Ubari, Garama, Ghirza,and maybe even Ghat.
Antinuous as Apollo
The harbour front is gradually being taken by the sea.