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This has to be one of my favourite places in the Gulf.  It’s certainly my favourite market.  You can find everything imaginable – all within a one-mile radius. This afternoon I had to get my misbah (beads) fixed, and therefore had some time to look around.  I stayed within the Mubarakiya area with not enough time to go to the Souq Selah and Soug il Bishoot.

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Whilst I was unable to go around Jeddah, being here did bring back memories of my previous trips.  The thing I remember most is the intriguing architecture.  Older buildings here are like nowhere else.  They have their own character.  Even the ugly buildings seem to have a soul.  I remember walking around an old market (Souq Al Alawi) and missing most of the shops as I gazed above them at the old windows and balconies. 

The modern Jeddah is of course just as impressive.  The interesting architecture theme seems to creep into the new; and the Corniche by the Red Sea offers beautiful views of the city sky line at different points.  I stayed at a hotel in North Jeddah and the beach area is nicely presented with children play-areas, little cafes and long landscaped walkways. There is also an impressive long pier into the water that splits into three ends.

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Time seems to stand still in this beautiful city.  So much pride is taken in this place by the people in it that nothing, and I do mean nothing, is out of place.  It all sits together wonderfully and the whole country has a very relaxed atmosphere.

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It was time to test the high ISO capability of my camera.  This was taken last night shortly after take off from LHR.  We were high up, it was dark and partly cloudy.  The result was not perfect – but I hope you will agree it’s worth sharing.

The river Thames meandures around the Financial District in London.  The dark clouds above tell a story of the financial troubles the world is facing.  Hope it’s a clear day soon for all.

I love this area of the old souk. The smell, the people and the atmosphere always put a smile on my face.

I bought some dates from this nice man. I promised him a copy of this photo – hope I don’t forget.