Built in the last part of the 12th century, the granary has 114 storage rooms, the same number as verses in the Koran, although some of the rooms are sub-divided into smaller areas for various types of crops. The storage cells are still in use. The fact that the granary is constructed entirely from local rock and gypsum helps keep it cool. The...more
We stopped at a roadside café for lunch, where we had the choice of bringing our own picnic (provided we bought a drink, they were happy for us to eat our own stuff in the café), or purchase one of their snacks. Mostly it was rolls with tuna or cheese which was available, and the people who did buy it said it was OK. We had brought a picnic of...more
The food was included in the stay at the troglodyte lodge, and was taken in the main building. We were served some local specialities such as dolmas (stuffed cabbage leaves), little folded pasrties filled with meat, very crispy, overcooked by tasty lamb, and some potato cakes stuffed with minced meat. It was all very nice. I really enjoyed the...more
Waiting for dinner to be served, we were sitting around in the courtyard reading and chatting. It was bloody cold!
Dress Code: We followed the lead of the locals and wrapped ourselves in blankets. It is amazing what a difference the blankets made, they were almost wind proof and did keep us relatively warm. Maybe not the latest fashion statement here in the UK though. Do you think it'll catch on?
On the way to Qasr al Hajj, we drove through a severe sandstorm, reducing visibility to a mere 10 metres. The sand would blow across the road, causing dunes to appear, making for very hazardous driving conditions. The sand is not good for contact lens wearers or cameras. Avoid going out into the storm!more
Libya in general has a major problem with the disposal of its garbage, and we found it particularly bad a round this region. It appears that people just chick all their rubbish out of the car window - not just what they have at the time, but I am sure they must bring all their discraded stuff from home too!A real eyesore!more
Also known as Tormisa and Tarmeisa, this ancient and abandoned stone village is perched on a spectacular and narrow rocky outcrop overlooking the Sahel al-Jefara.There was once a draw bridge guarding the entrance to the town over a narrow 'isthmus' in the rock. The town was effective sealed off between the hours of 18.00 and 06.00, when the...more