Some of my favorite pictures from the Middle East in January 2009.
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I was tired from the flight but still wandered down to the European Central Bank.
The balcony had a rad view of the Mediterranean but also had leftover damage from a rifle round.
Beirut shows evidence of various conflicts.
Christmastime and New Year's Eve in 2008.
The Roman Temples at Baalbek.
Climbing the city walls and having tea on them. The exit of the souq has a billboard.
The Umayad Mosque.
Syria at Night
Street scenes from Aleppo, Damascus New City, and Damascus Old City.
At the dead city of Bara, the Mosaic Museum in Marat al-Numan, and modern ruins along the mainline.
The St Simeon complex.
More dead cities showing the overlapping farmland.
Dead city ruins in active use.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Airport has a Round Table Pizza.
The Giza suburbs push into the desert.
Camels at the Pyramids
Tourist kitsch but pure fun.
So I was about to get some food at this corner cafe when a guy with his donkey pulls up to the intersection and starts selling tomatoes and potatoes.
Eliat on the Gulf of Aqaba is gorgeous and heading north toward the West Bank one reaches the Dead Sea.
The Dome of the Rock, looking from the Temple Mount toward the Mount of Olives, and two sections of the Western Wall.
Details from the mosques on the Temple Mount and from inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Greek and Roman ruins in the Jordanian town of Jerash.
A can of Maawntn Diiw and Jericho water in Jericho, Palestine.