I am sure that eventually Al Wakrah Souq will be as busy as the more established and well known Souq Waqif. But, despite appearances of age, this one is still under construction. Coupled with that, it was Friday morning so everything was closed so an ideal time to avoid any trace of humanity in the photo. Only the low-energy lightbulbs give away the modernity of this scene
Levanzo is the smallest of the Egadi Islands in the Mediterranean Sea west of Sicily, Italy.The ancient name of the island was “Phorbantia” which is a sort of plants growing there.Levanzo is famous for the “Grotta del Genovese” with Neolithic cave paintings and Palaeolithic graffitoes.The only built up area, in which most of the population is concentrated, is located on the southern coast of the island in a bay called the “Cala Dogana” with its white houses to reject the light of the sun.
The Amphitheatre at Katara Cultural Village offers many opportunities for structural images of its architecture. I particularly like the curving lines and ceiling detail underneath the main arches around the edge of the structure. This was taken at night, handheld at high ISO
The Pearl is symbolic of the traditional industry of Qatar, before the discovery of the oil and gas reserves. This sculpture and the skyline of West Bay symbolise just how far this small state has come in just a few years
The new traditional souq at Al Wakrah boasts a Corniche walk 3km long. Admitedly, there is still a lot of construction going on but it makes a change from the hustle and bustle of Doha. The Dhows beached along that water’s edge is a nice touch. I visited on a Friday morning before most of the shops and restaurants were open but this would seem to be a nice place to sit drinking coffee and watching the world go by
The Blue (or Friday) Mosque is one of 2 mosques in Katara Cultural Village. This, the largest, is very colourful and ornate and the design features persian and turkish influences. As always, tripods are not allowed in Katara so this night shot is handheld at high ISO
Located on the north-west coast of Qatar lies the archaeological remains of the walled town of Zubarah. It was an important pearl fishing and trading centre until it was destroyed in 1811. It was partly resettled before being abandoned and reclaimed by desert sands in the early 1900s. The site became a Unesco world heritage site in 2013, the only archaeological site in Qatar to receive this recognition. The town walls were partly reconstructed but most of the excavations have been backfilled, so you need a fair amount of imagination to picture a once thriving settlement
I have always struggled to find an attractive shot of the Fanar, avoiding all of the less attractive aspects of modern Doha, such as traffic. I actually came across this particular aspect one evening and thought that the Fanar lit up behind a traditional stone staircase and framed by a narrow alleyway of the Souq looked rather attractive. Unfortunately, I haven’t returned in the evening with my camera since then. So here is a daytime shot, which I thing still works quite well. Pity the guy in the middle isn’t in thobes!
The cathedral is located on the north side of Algiers, on a 124 m (407 ft) cliff overlooking the Bay of Algiers and was was inaugurated in 1872. It is said to align with the Notre Dame located in Marseille in France. It was difficult to get far enough back to get the whole building in a single shot, so this is a merge of 2 separate wide-angle images with perspective correction
Downtown Algiers, close to the Grand Post Office. This is fairly typical of the french colonial architecture found all over the city. Algeria gained independence from France in 1963 and one gets the impression that this was the lest time many of these buildings saw any maintenance. The resulting shabbiness has a certain charm
The view from my bedroom, or at least, through my balcony railings. The hotel was formerly known as the St George and was (and still is) one of the finest hotels in Algeria - Kipling, Gide, Churchill and Eisenhower stayed here. The rooms, like much of the rest of the city are looking a little tired these days and in need of some TLC. However, the charm and echos of the French colonial past are inescapable
A view through the door to the vehicle collection in the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum. The Sheikh started collecting over 45 years ago and has amassed a collection of over 70,000 items. His collection includes weapons, furniture, clothing, religious items and some 80 vehicles. It is now only possible to visit the museum by appointment and under the escort of a guide, but it is well worth the trip