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Ouarzazate Film Studios

Ouarzazate Film Studios | Middle East Travels | Scoop.it
Next morning we went to visit the Ouarzazate Film Studios situated outside the town in a flat hot desert area and we were surrounded by groups of visitors interested in seeing where parts of some famous movies were filmed. I imagine the actors found it tough going out here in the middle of... http://maireadryanstravels.com/ouarzazate-film-studios/
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Easter Group Exhibition at Solomon Gallery

Easter Group Exhibition at Solomon Gallery | Middle East Travels | Scoop.it
Here is a short video of the current exhibition at Solomon Gallery in Balfe Street, right beside the Westbury. Its well worth a visit with sculpture and paintings by a variety of artists. I especially love Vadim Tuzov’s bull which reminds me of Picasso, and the acrylic painting of Bridget... http://maireadryanstravels.com/easter-group-exhibition-solomon-gallery/
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Telouet

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We were up bright and early next morning and as our bags were packed into two waiting four by four jeeps we breakfasted quickly on a simple breakfast of flatbreads, eggs and coffee.  I sat up front with Abdulkhader our second driver and an acquaintance of Judith’s husband who like Mohammad came f... http://maireadryanstravels.com/telouet/
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Ben Youssef Medressa & Menebhi Palace.

Ben Youssef Medressa & Menebhi Palace. | Middle East Travels | Scoop.it
After lunch we walked through the maze-like lane ways of the souk where even the most jaded of senses are restored to life by a myriad of colors, sounds and scents.  As we were a group on a mission we did not linger or allow ourselves to be enticed deeper into narrow cavernous shops where we ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/ben-youssef-medressa-menebhi-palace/
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Girls on Tour in Morocco

Girls on Tour in Morocco | Middle East Travels | Scoop.it
The Djema el Fna, the Arabic name of the large meeting place well known to anyone who has ever visited Marrakesh, is said to translate as “assembly of the dead”. It was here that the heads of the Sultan’s enemies were hung out for display having first been pickled in salt by Jews from the Mella... http://maireadryanstravels.com/morrocco/girls-tour-morocco/
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Seafaring in the Ancient World

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Long before recorded history, humans discovered various means of staying afloat and some of these early methods remain in use to this day.The progression from reed floats to reed canoe may have occurred earliest in the Marshes of Southern Iraq and earlier examples look much like the one  in the ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/uncategorized/seafaring-ancient-world/
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The Ziggurat of Ur

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In 1988 along with some colleagues and an archaeologist friend I travelled to the south of Iraq to see the ancient site of Ur. Part of the Ziggurat that stills stands was generally out of bounds because of military security but countrywide knowledge of the Irish Managed Hospital in which I... http://maireadryanstravels.com/iraq/ziggurat-ur/
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The Tombs of Istanbul: "Everyone Loves Them".

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“Stamboul is submerged in tombs, everyone loves them”, wrote Le Corbusier on his visit to the East in the early part of the 20th century. This was not the case in the early centuries of Ottoman rule where to be buried intra muros was a reserve of the Sultan and members of important... http://maireadryanstravels.com/istanbul/tombs-istanbul-everyone-loves/
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Regeneration of the Marshes

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The boatman led us to the façade of a completed mudif, where two large reed columns flanked the entrance, narrowing at the top to form a roof. Tower-like structures acted as buttressing to either side of the building, and tapered at the top where the roof sloped inward towards the apex of an ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/iraq/the-marshes-of-southern-iraq-2/
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Wind Towers

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Wind Towers or wind catchers, known as Badgir in Persian, are examples of indigenous architecture that incorporate a natural ventilation system, which can also be used as refrigeration. In Iran, they exist mainly in the smaller form called “shish-khan” which is purely a ventilation system.      ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/iran/wind-towers/
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Ouarzazate

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We took off once again and wound our way over the mountains passing by the salt mines that had enriched the Galaoui and Abdulkadher told me about his two sons Mohammad and Rasheed who were working at Hotel de La Valley in Ouarzazate where we would stay for the following two nights. He has a... http://maireadryanstravels.com/ouarzazate/
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Telouet Kasbah

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As the Sultan made his return towards Marrakesh via the Atlas Mountains winter snows began to fall and with it more and more of the camels, mules and horses, weakened from starvation and hundreds of men died daily. Heavy weapons were dropped by the ever weakening men but the main arsenal which... http://maireadryanstravels.com/telouet-kasbah/
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Eating out in Marrakesh

Eating out in Marrakesh | Middle East Travels | Scoop.it
Having done enough sight- seeing for one day we returned to our hotel for a swim in the garden pool and a rest before ordering a minivan to take all seven of us back to Place des Ferblantiers for fish tagine. Our arrival cause a flurry of activity around the outdoor wooden table but much to  the ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/eating-marrakesh/
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Marrakesh & the Majorelle Gardins.

Marrakesh & the Majorelle Gardins. | Middle East Travels | Scoop.it
Following the Treaty of Fez in 1912 Morocco became a French Protectorate under its first Resident General Hubert Lyautey. Marrakesh had a population of 75,000, mostly living in the Medina, the Mellah and the Kasbah , and now saw the arrival  of European colonists. By 1913 the French numbered ... http://maireadryanstravels.com/uncategorized/marrakesh-majorelle-gardins/
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Spectacular Irish Ceramic Sculpture at Solomon Gallery

Spectacular Irish Ceramic Sculpture at Solomon Gallery | Middle East Travels | Scoop.it
Passing the Solomon Fine Arts Gallery (http://www.solomonfineart.ie/exhibition/a-fine-figure-ceramics/  recently I was enticed in by a new exhibition by three Irish Ceramic artists and was so capitated by what I saw that when one of the gallery assistant’s asked me if I needed anything my im... http://maireadryanstravels.com/irish-art/spectacular-irish-ceramic-sculpture-solomon-gallery/
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The People of Ur

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As we walked around the deserted area, the keeper pointed out the rough pebble- strewn depressions left by Woolley’s excavation team.  It was incredible to think that this grey barren soil had once yielded such colourful riches.  Amongst the 2,500 graves of post Akkadian times, most of which wer... http://maireadryanstravels.com/iraq/people-ur/
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Peopled or Inhabited Vine Scrolls

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Between the middle of the second and early third centuries C.E. classical architecture was assimilated into local traditions throughout the Roman Empire. Local variations of the vine scroll motif which first appears in Rome during the time of the Emperor Nero’s (54-68C.E.), are found throughout f... http://maireadryanstravels.com/uncategorized/peopled-inhabited-vine-scrolls/
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Assyrian sculpture unearthed at Trinity College Dublin.

Assyrian sculpture unearthed at Trinity College Dublin. | Middle East Travels | Scoop.it
I first learned of the existence of the Assyrian reliefs when I lived in Iraq in the late 1980’s and had the privilege of visiting the site of Nimrud, named after Nimrod the mighty hunter said to be father of the Assyrian God Ashur. Some of the palace wall decorations were still in standing  on t... http://maireadryanstravels.com/iraq/assyrian-sculpture-discovered-trinity-college-dublin/
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The Assyrians

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In the age-old practice of dictators Saddam Hussein fashioned himself as the descendant of the mighty rulers who left indelible traces on the history of the world. The area surrounding Mosul is replete with remnants of the Assyrians, whose mighty empire will be remembered long after Iraq has... http://maireadryanstravels.com/iraq/the-assyrian-reliefs/
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Easter In The Lebanon

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It was good to be in Lebanon for Easter, the hillsides were rich with the red anemones(illus.1) that represent the spilled blood of Adonis. He was gored to death by the wild boar sent by the consort of Astarte, in a fit of rage. Astarte wept so bitterly at the death of her lover he relented and... http://maireadryanstravels.com/lebanon/easter-lebanon/
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