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The Oriental Caravan's 

Postcard from 



January 2005


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Early morning in the Saharan Acacus

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'Waves' on the Ubari 'sand sea'

  qasr - fortified Berber communal granary


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'Headless' dancing girls -
  some of the Acacus rock art dates back 10,000 years. 


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Low protected overhangs
- galleries for much of the art

Hunting dogs join the chase

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Wind damaged rock

Section of pipe

Rock arch

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Gabraoun Lake 

Desert contemplation

Tripoli street 

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Bas relief of the Three Graces 
at the amphitheatre in Roman Sabratha

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Colonel Gadhafi looks out onto Tripoli central square 
from posters heralding the Great Man Made River Project 
which is piping water from prehistoric aquifers beneath
 the Sahara to irrigate coastal farmland

Depiction of a Garamantian charioteer and chariot


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Prehistoric hairdressing!


Petroglyph of a caveman with a large spear hunting two giraffes

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Distant camel

Desert night

Acacus in the early morning

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Palm tree in the Ubari area

Mosaic in the Roman port of Sabratha

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Head of Apollo, Leptis Magna forum

Desert contemplation 

Town well, Gat

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Car passing the bones of a camel

Queues for petrol - surprisingly common

Gazelle figurehead

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Pachydermic petroglyph

Site of the 'headless' dancing girl rock art

Hunting scene

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Ubari oasis

Amphitheatre at Leptis magna

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Headless man in a hurry!

Salvom lavisse

Another 'headless' dancing girl



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Jebel Nafusa escarpment

Wedding scene

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Dune driving

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Acacus cave site 
(wedding scene on interior)

Camel on film

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At the petrol station

Rock art site

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Wedding preparation

Berber troglodyte dwelling


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How to make bread in the desert! 
Prepare dough (flour and water only) make a small fire on the sand. when the fire is almost embers, move embers aside.

Place flat dough on the hot sand, cover with more sand, then replace embers. Leave to bake for 20 mins (don't quote me!). 

Move embers aside and carefully remove loaf. Happily any sand falls freely away from the baked crust. Great for sandwiches. Eat immediately.

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Goat scene

Swastika mosaic floor pattern at the Roman port of Sabratha 

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Giant puffball mushrooms growing in the abandoned Dawada oasis settlement at Gabraoun

Paintings of aurochs

Narghile water pipe

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Mosaic from a Roman villa -Tripoli Jamahiriya Museum

Temple of Isis - Sabratha

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Roundhead couple

The making of a good cup of mint tea 
is a truly elaborate process!

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That's all for now.

best wishes,

from Phil

and all aboard The Oriental Caravan


Early morning desert shadow


Trips for 2005...

Japan - the Narrow Road to the Deep North

Tibet - Mount Kailash, Home of the Gods

Russia -
a trek amidst the Shaman of the Siberian Altai

Bhutan - a Caravan through the Land of the Thunder Dragon  

dates and prices


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