to Julian's account of a trip to Libya to see the sun disappear
for 4 minutes in a total eclipse, and take in sights of this
relatively unvisited country. With Libya being welcomed back
into the international community things are changing, so going
now is a good opportunity to see it before the crowds arrive!
As well as modern cities like Tripoli, Tobruk and Benghazi there
is a wealth of ancient Greek and Roman ones - having been buried
in sand many of them in a good state of preservation though suffered
from a strong earthquake in 365AD. Inland lies the Sahara, with
its great Sand Seas, and later in the trip we took 4x4s into
the desert for some true adventure and camping under the stars.
A good deal of time was spent in remote areas, with limited
or no internet access, so I have brought this journal
up to date and added more pictures after getting back.
photo reveals just how barren most of Libya is.
Special credit must go to...
- Amanda McKinnon, who inspired this trip and organised it from
the Australian end
Roehrs, who organised the European end and worked
Tours to make it all happen
- Abdul Samod, our Numidia guide and all round fixer and
comedian who handled the logistics and made us welcome
in this strange country!
- Ali, our Libyan police minder who stopped us from stealing
any precious antiquities and kept us out of trouble, not that
there was any really
- Our coach and 4x4 drivers who took the big distances in their
stride and coped admirably when vehicles played up.
Hope you enjoy my account
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