Muammar Gadhafi has elaborated a set of philosophies and published these in the so-called green book. I had heard of this book when I travelled in Ghana in the eighties, so I look for this green book in the towns when I came back from the desert trip and I found it in Sabha.
The first part of the book is about the start of the era of the Jamahriyat, the state of the masses. The second part is about the economic revolution. The third part is about the social revolution, interesting stuff to read concerning subjects as the family, the tribe, woman, minorities, black people, education, music and art , sport and more.
Since the game is over for Khadaffi's regime in summer 2011 it will be a weird collectors item.
Sorry , but Libyans "have" to have Libya if they want to visit Europe or US.
Libyans can't go to them easily as they go to Egypt , Tunisa ,Algeria , Morrocco , Syria ,Jordan and Turkey.
Why do your countries have these restrictions towards Libyans?
Well, in case of tourist visas, your tour company should apply for your visa and they then fax you a copy of the visa which you would need to show at the airport in UK. Once in Libya, you'd get a visa on arrival.
Business visas are different. A company would have to apply for you in Libya and you then get a number. Once you get this number, you go to the Libyan Embassys and put in your passport. You must have an Arabic translation inside your passport.
As you may know traveling in Libya it's not "free". That means that even if you enter the country with your own car you must ask special permission, they will give you (you buy) a Libyan license plate and you must have a local guide always.
If you ave not your car and you want to travel between different places you can rent services from different companies but prices depend quite a lot on the companies.
In a recent trip to Libya I enjoyed very much and was fully satisfied with the services of Mr Al Tayeb from
Dan do Omer (phone 00218477863333; email email@example.com)
Fair prices and you can design your tour according to what you want (number of days in each place, etc.)
Fondest memory: the country it's still "unspoiled" - that means still without hordes of tourist-, very much well preserved (ruins, etc), and the desert it's one of the best on earth.
No political statement, but i think we have to respect each other in their own country first, we in Arabic countries, but also them in our western countries.
BTW Ghadaffi once said : "All moslims are welcome in Libya, wherever they come from."
He now faces problems with incoming people searching for work and living facilities.
Many street workers are claiming or offering a daily job. (Pic3)
Don't we have the same scénary in Europe ?
Fondest memory: It is a save country, not prepared for tourism yet and i hope a revival after the general boycot will be realised soon.
Lybya is a country to be visited. And tourism will grow rapidely, without doubt. But a lot of things are still to be done, in my opinion :
- More excavations (untill now only 40% is shown)
- Protection of the archeologic sites and musea (protect at least the floor mosaics)
- Clean up the sites and in general, roads from all rubbish like plastics and even dead animals
- Make clear logistic contracts for tourism. (remember the french tourists not allowed to get in because there was no Arabic translated copy of the passports)
Fondest memory: Libya is a country to be visited and a rather recent touristic place, growing soon.
Archeo top sites next to the mediterranian sea, maybe the best in the world. Impressive Berberian sites in the western area like Ghadames and Nalut.
Another fondest memory, once strolling around in the souks, medinas or even in general the cities : friendly people and no aggresive vendors (Yet)
Archeologic sites in Tripolitania - Cyrenia coast and in the south-west, the berber civilization and their ancient traditions.
Fondest memory: I visited many archeologic sites, small groups, mainly italian and german tourists and we (VTB)were alone, i had the impression the Libyans are not interested in their rich roman or greece imperial history. No archeo site is protected, you can cross the mosaic floors with no restrictions, even the national museum in Tripoli is not secured.
The country itself, the landscapes are poluted by garbish, from west to east. Nobody of the locals cares. Even the gouvernment don't cares.
Some "booming" cities like Tripoli and Benghazi should be renovated. Wherever the money comes from.(Libyans income from oil or gaz)
Builded by american engineers.But this is not the item.
Travelling in Libya can be done in several ways. Mostly by a touristic bus (very comfortable in case the group members doesn't exceed 20persons)
The tour from Tripoli to Benghazi can be done by plane (This was not the case 5 years ago). The tour from Tripoli to Sebha (Sahara) aswell.
BTW : travelling by bus has still it's charms, you can visit local places, yes you get it, eg this bridge, crossing it by foot and at the end, buy some local fruits, honey or apples.
The money in Libya is the LD - stands for Libyan Dinar and is divided in 100 piaster and 1000 dirham.
Paper : 1/4-1/2-1-5-10 and 20 dinar
Coins : difficult to find - 1/4-1/2 dinar
To give you an idea about the dinar value : 1LD= 0.60 Eurocent (2007)
Water you can buy for : 1/2 dinar for 1.5 liter
A traditional lunch (for tourists - from 15 till 20 dinar)
Stamps : a must to buy in case you are a collector - they are colorful and you can get them in every post office or souvenir shops near the touristic sites
What Libya has to offer are the Roman ruins of Sabratha, Leptis and Cyrene. Of the three, Cyrene is the most beautiful; Leptis is the best preserved; and Sabratha - well, I don't get why a lot of people go to Sabratha, since most of it is gone. The other big sell of Libya is the south - Ghadames and Ghat, for which Sebha is usually the jump-off point. The deep Sahara is incredible. It can be easier to see in Egypt than in Libya, but if you go in Libya, you will not regret it.
Fondest memory: Cyrene.
I just loved this fragment of mosaic in the museum at Sabratha, and the puzzle it poses.
What can it have been made for? It clearly shows the ingredients of a recipe - some of which you can still see for sale on market stalls today in Libya - I saw bunches of onions and a tuberous vegetable that looked just like the ones here, though you would never see the pig's trotter or the other unidentifiable piece of offal now.
Why would anyone go to all the effort of creating a mosaic - a very laborious and time-consuming task - for something so seemingly ordinary?
So what do you think is the dish? My guess is for some sort stew but would it taste any good without the ingredients that are missing from the rest of the mosaic?
Well it would have to be, wouldn't it?
How could this Wandering Camel resist taking photos of the camels she saw along the way? Not that there were a lot, but they can be a hazard on the desert roads, so keep an eye out - and tell your driver to slow down - I think the average Libyan driver is born with lead in his accelerator foot!
The white babies were especially appealing - and I wish I had been speedier with my camera and managed to get a shot of one of the several trucks I saw with three or four camels sitting in the back tray - all looking so disdainful.
No, I didn't ride a camel (I'd had a fall a couple of days earlier in Tripoli and was still rather stiff) but the Tuareg saddles were interesting - and I was assured they were comfortable too because of the way they support your legs out in front of you .
Favorite thing: Be aware that on every historical site or in every museum you'll have to pay 5 Libyan dinar for taking pictures and 10 dinar for videofilm, even if the site is small as in Tochra. Some guardians are strict, others aren't..
March 29, 2006, there will be a total solar eclipse. The totalitys maximum duration will be 4m7s and will be visible in Libya. I thought it was really cool when I found out that many of the travel agencies or tour companies in Libya are working together to provide guided tours specifically for the eclipse.
I've read that there are cruise ship tours going to ports in Libya specifically for the eclipse but haven't found that information yet.
A couple of sites that I found interesting information about the eclipse in Libya are:
Town and oasis in Libya, with 10,000 inhabitants, next to the borders of Tunisia and Algeria.
Ghadames is recognised for its beautiful and inventive architecture, designed to fight the dramatic extremities of Saharan climate.
All houses are made out of mud, lime, and palm tree trunks. They are constructed so that all fit together, with covered alleyways between them, and adjacent roofs, allowing passage from one house to another.
While the entire population have moved out to the modern nearby village, the old one offers the only good shelter against summer heat, so that the old village is still popular to use.
Earlier the town was an important stopover on the caravan routes crossing the Sahara. Today's income is from some camel breeding, a small agriculture as well as administrative and military activities.
19 BCE: The Roman garrison Cydaus is set up, but the Romans found this a difficult post to hold.
4-5th centuries: Cydaus becomes an episcopate under the Byzantine empire, and altogether 4 bishops served their mission here.
667: Arab invasion. Uqba Bin Nefi stopped here on his way to Tunisia.
8th century: Ghadames is established as an important trading point for caravans.
16th century: Ghadames is set under the Bey of Tunis.
1860: Ghadames is set under the Bey of Tripoli.
1914: The Italians reach Ghadames, three years after starting the occupation of the rest of Libya. They are met with strong resistance.
1924: Italians finally get control over Ghadames.
1940: Ghadames is set under French control. Under World War 2, the old city is strongly damaged.
1951: After strong pressure, the Tunisian protectorate gives Ghadames up to the newly independent Libya.
1955: The last French troops leave.
1986: Families start to move out of the old town for good.
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