Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jeddah: Mosque in Al Balad

I love the palm tress and the mosque minaret in this scene from Al Balad, the oldest district in Jeddah.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our World Jeddah: Cat and Door


I love the character of the old buildings in Al Balad, the oldest part of Jeddah, which is more than 1400 years old.  Many of the door frames are crooked - this one actually is not too bad, but still visibly not aligned straight.  Since many of these buildings were built prior to electricity, most have been unsafely wired for electricity.  It is common to hear of buildings in Al Balad destroyed by electrical fires.  Feral cats are plentiful all over Jeddah.  They depend on the kindest of people for food and they are often seen hanging around garbage dumpsters.

 


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Jeddah: Typical Scene

The man wears the typical long white Saudi dress called thobe, and on his head the red and white scarf men wear called shemagh. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Old Jeddah Door

More special than the wooden door is the detail on the building above the door.  In its heyday, it must have been quite beautiful.  It's too bad that the unsightly tubing and electrical wires detract from its impact.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jeddah Street Sign

The beautiful ceramic tile street markers are attached to the corner walls of buildings in the Al Balad section of old Jeddah.  They indicate the street name and district of the city.

Friday, October 17, 2014

SkyWatch: Satellite Dish

It appears as though this entire building may have been painted green at one point.  Despite the crumbling condition of this residence in old Jeddah's Al Balad district, apparently the inhabitants like having their satellite TV.

 


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Carved Door Details

Many of the doors in Jeddah's Al Balad area are carved out of wood.  Some are painted, some are in need of paint, and others are left in a bare wood finish.  Many of the simple latches are also made of wood.