Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Libya Part 8 - The MOST amazing pictures of all

FINALLY!! We made it to Leptis Magna. It is a Roman city from the 100 AD timeframe. It is UNbelieveable!!! It is totally un-touched. We were able to climb and explore however we liked. I have utmost respect for these amazing exhibits, so was very cautious and careful. Enjoy the pictures. (they may be easier to see on Facebook as some of them just wouldn't upload correctly).
The Entrance to Leptis Magna Look at the size -- you see the guard at the bottom.

The details are slowly eroding, but even still -- simply beautiful! The Romans were an exquisiste people!The Bath Area -- they were hot, steam and cold bathing areas
Cool archway
Sitting on a column structure
Suspended archway -- so cool!
Look how TALL these are!!
Marble / Granite flower
The Italians came many years ago to start tagging each of the pieces, but were then pushed out Archway in the Forum
Two Angels :)
Pulpit in the Roman Catholic Church
We climbed all the way to the TOP of this picture. It is also taken in the church
Looking down into the church
3 Amigos (Me, Peter & Michael)
The Market area -- where good were traded and sold such as fish, spices, vegetables, fruits...
These "valleys" in the marble were worn by ropes that hung fish or other goods on there. Pretty neat!
Waiting for my fish to arrive! :)
The Theatre! Look at that VIEW!
Ancient paintings inside the beach bath house.
Mosaics inside the bathhouse
And another (these are on the floors!)
Lunch! Sweet rice (like Mamaw's! but with bits of liver -- i picked all those out - GROSS!), bordim chicken (cooked in a tin packet on buried coals, then covered), salad and lentil soup
AHHH! Off to the beach!!! This cove was lined with these huts. The water was gorgeous! And FREEZING. My ankles were frozen, but when we were floating -- it felt like the most wonderful place on earth. And it was so clear! After about 5 though the sea started churning and the seaweed was coming in as well as some of the trash. But it was still beautiful blue. What a PERFECT way to end the day -- 2.5 hrs of playing in the Med!
Floats! Floats and MORE FLOATS for sale along the beach!

2 comments:

Boys will be Boys! said...

Beautiful...but there's no place like home!!!

hibnerfamily said...

What an adventure! The huge structures are amazing.