Getting around, just for help. . .
I found one map only of Tripoli, which covers only the city centre. I did not use it (there are mistake, like the location of the big Mosque); I used a A3 print of a satellite image (Google Earth), to find may way, but generally I went where my feet took me, and just used the image to go back to the hotel at night. I have indicated a few spots I visited on the maps, it may help to get around if it happens one of the readers goes to Tripoli. . .
Tricky one this, there are so...
Tricky one this, there are so many special places of interest. You must see the Old town and the Souk, but also get out into the desert and see the Roman Ruins at Sabratha and Leptis Magna. Sitting under the huge palm trees on a hot summer evening at a little cafe just outside the souk drinking green tea and smoking a shisha pipe... about as good as it gets!
Any day on the Expat beach at Friendship Village.
You must see the Green Square,...
You must see the Green Square, the museum, the souk, Gargaresh, Regata, Colline Verde, the port and his fish market's.
If you like fish, there is a good place, on Gargaresh, the name is Dentice. You can ask for Hicho or Youssef.
There is an other, always for fish, near the see, and near the Beach Hotel Annex.
As hotel, this Beach Hotel Annex is very ship, and the people is very nice.
The Lider Maximo is everywhere !
Political rulers exercising cult of personality are on the way of extinction, but here, in Tripoli, the dinosaur is a very resisting one, and he shows up everywhere on any occasion.
On the first picture one you see him in the Bordj al Fatah tower commercial centre, wearing a very smart white dress, raising his revolutionary fist, displayed in a very tasteful tile work.
On picture 2, he is in front of Idriss’s palace, raising again his fist, wearing a nice modern desert keffiah above a map of the great Arab Nation.
Picture 3 shows our leader at Algeria square (from far, sorry), looking for a bright future besides a map of whole Africa, as he always communicates his love for all his African brothers (he even visited them, in the south, in Chad, without being asked, by surprise, in 1980).
He is waiting early morning at the entrance of the Medina, celebrating 36 years of Jamahiriya, waving at all visitors who will come to the Medina on picture 4.
He is watching everything is going well in the port on picture5.
Well, a bit sarcastic, but I am not used to have a guy watching me all times where ever I go and the local population, I do not really know how they receive these messages, may be they do not really care, it is part of the landscape to have these displays everywhere. Funny, in some way. . .
Algeria Square, or Maidan al-Jezayir, is one of the nicest places to sit and relax in Tripoli. There is a traditional cafe serving tea and coffee on one side of the square from which you can see the grand Italian colonial buildings, like the former cathedral. It is much less hectic here than in the Medina.