Sunday, November 23, 2014

Old Jeddah: Souk Hallway

A quieter time at one of the souks in Old Jeddah.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Size Comparison

I got a kick out of these muffin cups that I saw sitting on the shelf in a local Jeddah supermarket. The slightly larger box holds "24 American Muffin Cups" while the other smaller box offers "120" regular muffin cups. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

SkyWatch: Mameluke Lanterns, Jeddah Sculpture

Often cited as one of Jeddah's most beautiful sculptures, the Mameluke Lanterns are indeed a striking feature along Jeddah's Al Andalus Road, where it curves and changes in to King Abdulaziz Road.  At night when the four gigantic stained glass lanterns are illuminated from within, they are breathtakingly beautiful.  The Mameluke Lanterns are the creation of the Spanish architect and artist, Julio Lafuente, who is credited with designing more than 30 sculptures for the City of Jeddah.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jeddah: Old & New

Jeddah is a city of stark contrasts, where the old is mixed with the new, where elaborate palaces are built next door to decrepit hovels, and where the society is as black and white as the clothing that its women and men wear.  This photo was taken in Al Balad, the oldest section of Jeddah, which is home to old crumbling buildings as well as modern new skyscrapers.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jeddah Sculpture: The Cosmos

One of the largest sculptures in Jeddah as well as the whole world, The Cosmos is a prominent landmark of the city.  Sometimes referred to as The Fallopian Tubes by the locals, this sculpture was designed by German artist Ottmar Hollmann.  For a close up photo showing more details of the sculpture and more information about this sculpture, please click HERE.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our World: Wires = Fires

When the older buildings in Al Balad were constructed, it was pre-electricity.  Consequently the old buildings that are still standing have been wired in haphazard and unsafe ways, as you can see here in this photo.  It comes as no surprise then that many of the older buildings have been destroyed by electrical fires.  It's a shame as well as rather surprising that there are no safety codes enforced to prevent the many fires from happening.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Jeddah: Young Vendors at Souk

Whenever I go down to the souks in Al Balad or the huge outdoor fruit and vegetable market in Jeddah to take have photos, the young vendors are usually very obliging and eager to pose for me.