Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Our World Jeddah: The Art of Conversation


One thing I really enjoy seeing in Saudi Arabia is the men sitting around engaged in conversation. It's something I don't usually see or notice going on in the US, especially in this age of modern technology. This photo was taken in Al Balad, the oldest district of Jeddah, on a public street where this gathering place has been erected for anyone to use.



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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

SkyWatch: Jeddah's Old City


Al Balad - the old section of Jeddah


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Our World: Jeddah's Al Juffali Mosque


An older but beautiful mosque of Jeddah at the outskirts of Al Balad, Al Juffali mosque, sports many white domes and a graceful minaret.



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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Jeddah: Sculpture


I have no information about this sculpture that is located in south central Jeddah.  The shape is similar to the shape of the curved Saudi dagger called khanjar, but I don't know if that's what it is.  I do like the painted design and the colors of this sculpture.

Friday, September 8, 2017

SkyWatch: Jeddah's The Fist Sculpture




The French sculptor Cesar created this bigger-than-life body part made in exquisite detail.  Not many people in Jeddah get to fist-pump the famed Fist sculpture due to its location in the middle of a very busy city street.



In her colorful abaya, Jess managed to fist-pump The Fist on a quiet Friday morning!


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Jeddah's Stained Glass Globe


It's really hard to gauge the overwhelming size of many of Jeddah's sculptures because of being located in areas that not many people walk in.  Many are in the middle of busy traffic circles or on congested roads where it's difficult to stop and get out to take photos.


The Stained Glass Globe sculpture is another design of Julio Lafuente, a Spanish sculptor who made more than 30 amazing pieces of art for the city of Jeddah's Beautification Project.  Many thanks to my friend Vicki Reynolds for the use of these photos.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Our World: Hilarious Menu Selections


Lost in Translation - This menu at a mall restaurant in Jeddah just had too many weird translations on it that I couldn't understand what most of the items were.  Like, what is a "Chicken Knot"? Or "Node Thickness"? Or what kind of dish is a "Vegetable Problem"? How about "Precarious Chicken"? And what is a "Complaisant" dish?



And all these "Blindfolded" dishes? Does one need to be blindfolded in order to eat them, or what? I think Google translate was used for this menu ... I'd be mad if I paid someone to translate it into English and the result was this!



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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Yemeni Food


Middle Eastern countries have many similar dishes but with their own twist on them.  Unleavened bread similar to tortillas is commonly served in many ME countries.  Usually torn into bite size pieces and then dipped into tasty dishes, these flat breads are fabulous even on their own.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Photographing the Photographer


This photo of me was taken at an art exhibit in Jeddah last year. I had been approached by a university student who was doing a project about Western women married to Saudis. I was one of several other women who agreed to participate.  She came over to my house and interviewed me and took photos, which she then compiled into a book.  The photo hanging on the wall is actually of me holding my passport, and the book I'm holding shows a photo of me taking photos in Jeddah.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Our World: Jeddah's Fruit Boat Sculpture


Two of Jeddah's most whimsical sculptures would be called the Fruit Boat. And yes! There are actually two of this same sculpture in two different locations in Jeddah.


Each sculpture features a blue and white boat filled with enormous fruit, like pears, apples, watermelon, and bananas.  I believe the art is mostly made of metal compounds.


It's definitely something one might not expect to see in such a seemingly stuffy religious setting, but there are surprisingly many whimsical sculptures in this city.


There are even additional fruit strewn about the base of the boat which is a blue tiled ocean of waves where these cute models posed one Friday morning and give perspective of the size of the sculpture.


Jessica pretending she almost slipped on the big banana!


Vicki tries to eat a grape that is bigger than her head!  A big THANKS for the use of these fun photos go out to my friend Vicki Reynolds.



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Friday, August 25, 2017

SkyWatch: Sunset on Red Sea




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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Our World: Jeddah's Mameluke Lanterns


Jeddah's Mameluke Lanterns sculpture is a well known site located on a very busy street.  From a distance, the lanterns don't look too exciting.


But on closer look, the dust covered lanterns begin to awe as it is revealed that this piece of art is actually made of stained glass.


The 4 bigger-than-life lamps are the creation of Spanish artist, Julio Lafuente, who was originally an architect.  Lafuente was one of the more prolific artists who created sculptures for Jeddah, designing more than 30 sculptures in the city.


At night the lanterns are lit from within and look absolutely spectacular. They are dazzling.


The stained glass colors are vibrant and exquisite.  The floral designs are very detailed and pleasing to the eye. It's difficult to capture their beauty because of their location on such a busy street.


The above photo gives a perspective of how big the lanterns really are.  That's Jess, a friend of mine, raising her arms and standing under one of the lanterns, no where close to being able to reach it.


The Mameluke Lanterns sculpture is probably one of the most beloved and famous landmarks out of the hundreds of pieces of public art in Jeddah.


I'd like to thank my friend Vicki Reynolds for allowing me the use of her splendid photos for this post.  She captured their beauty magnificently.




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