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  • I talked to a Syrian father of two who - together with fellow countrymen - had set up shop in a little park across the street from the State Department in Berlin a couple weeks ago. It took him ...
  • Threat assessment guidelines for a UNESCO World Heritage Site do not include "weather", but such aggregates as dust, air pollution, wind speeds and water tables, sudden temperature changes etc. ...
  • You are welcome. Very true. Probably due to the fact that not long after Baalbek was inscribed as a World Heritage Site, war broke out, and the country (specifically, Beirut and large parts of the ...
  • Created discussion thread Baalbek, a UNESCO site in Lebanon
    Recent impressions of Baalbek , a truly amazing site, the Acropolis in Athens looks like a miniature toy structure when compared against this monumental ceremonial compound build towards the north ...
  • IMHO, it's no contest, John, you lose the graphically sensuous Sieglitzian quality of the image if you go for color. Thomas
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    I certainly hope you are right, Rodgrigue! The Middle Eastern Institute at UC Berkeley has ongoing roundtable discussions about the destruction of heritage sites in the region, the monthly (sic!) ...
  • This second one far transcends your title, John, it almost has a prehistoric, archaic feel to it. Very well seen and processed. Thomas
  • Replied in Louis
    Well said, Louis. Baalbek itself is fine and for the most part secure, other parts of the Beqaa Valley, though, that's a different story. Thank you. Thomas
  • Thank you Kostas, go and visit Baalbek, it's just a stone's throw from Whitehall :-) Thomas
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    Very true, Rodrigue, it's amazing how they were able to put three 40 ton elements on top of each other for each full column, and then still add another 40 ton element on top to form the basis for ...
  • Thanks John, I thought I'd help out with the Lebanese tourism industry and start propagating here :-)
  • Created discussion thread Baalbek, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon
    Impressions of a truly amazing site, the Acropolis in Athens looks like a miniature toy structure when compared against this monumental ceremonial compound build towards the north end of the ...
  • You have an eye for people of all stripes, Louis. For some reason, I came across Frederick Douglass' Fourth of July speech from July 5, 1852 which he gave up in Rochester, NY. It's well worth a ...
  • Some model, Rodrigue! And you allow her to leave...?! :-) Beautiful shot, this, wonderful texture to the image. Thomas
  • Replied in John
    Intriguing, very hospitable and world wise people in Lebanon, indeed. Thanks, Thomas
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    Er, uhm,, which interesting part of the world do you live in again? :-) Thanks much for the kind words. The Flower Man had probably the most fizzy & sparkling lighting of the bunch, right ...
  • Replied in Thomas
    Hi Louis, Here is a (not very good, regrettably) picture of monsieur Edgard, a very knowledgeable and kind person who took us around Byblos while we waited for Rodrigue. In his bag was the M ...
  • Replied in Art
    Thanks much, Art! Very true. Lebanon's recent history is very tricky, people do tend to be cautious if not suspicious in general. Temple of Jupiter it was. Cheers, Thomas
  • Replied in Rodrigue
    Nope, you're the one on top of the pile, deal with it :-) I'll get some ready from Baalbek for posting. The pleasure was all ours, Rodrigue!
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