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Libya Day II Part 3

So, off to Tripoli again from Al Khoms. After taking a detour via the Italian Quarter, and an Egyptian coffee shop, with awesome Italian (? I know) coffees, and amazing Egyptian honey confectionary, we quickly popped into a bookshop around the corner for the Green Square. At this juncture, some of the more seasoned travelers peeled themselves from us and assured the slightly irate tour operator that they would find their own way to the hotel in time to be ready for dinner at The Corinthia. Ok, the tour operator was not irate, he was by this time very upset with the strong-minded Saffers and their waywardness. However, I stayed with the bus, and made my way back to the hotel.After a well-deserved powernap, a shower and the appreciation of 5-star ablutions (we stayed at the Radisson Blue), I was ready, albeit a bit sore from the miles of walking around Leptis carrying 17kg of gear, for dinner, at, The Corinthia.The Corinthia is more or less what I expected the oil rich Libyan nobles to …

Winemakers and their cars

Last year, for the October issue of Wine magazine I was commissioned to shoot winemakers and their cars. 6 winemakers were selected and I was sent to shoot each. This was exciting, as it left me with some creative license, some brief in terms of layout and then two of my most enjoyable subjects: winemakers and cars. Perfect marriage? Possibly.Andrew Gunn - Iona Wines: this is his first car he ever owned. A Porche. I decided on tracking. Getting to his farm near Elgin is a bit of a bundu bash, so I'm not sure the car gets a lot of road time out there! I was also not keen on missing out on the beauty of the surrounds. Unfortunately Wine mag decided on a posed image of them at his house. This was my favorite, though. I left with a fabulous bottle of Sauvignon Blanc that was enjoyed some months later with Rudi's Jagermeister or Blue Cheese Boerewors. Magic.Gyles Webb - Thelema: the Mini Cooper S just shone like a jewel the moment we put lights on it, so we ended up with this baby.…

Libya Day II Part 2

So after a decent Libyan meal at Leptis Magna, we set off for Tripoli again. However, one or two people needed air-time and some pressies for family, so we quickly looked around the curious available at Leptis Magna, and then set off. However, one of our guests, Jenny, still needed a proper Libyan outfit for her hubby, so we made a stop at the town adjacent to Leptis, called Al Khums/Al Khoms pronounced El G (hard G)├┤ms. Interesting about this very arid looking town is the origin of the name. When Arabs arrived at the Roman occupied town in the ancient times, they were much surprised to find everyone being taxed 1/5 of their income. They then called the place Al Khoms, or Arabic for one fifth. Now that made me think about the local outrage names of towns and streets changing. Imagine living in "Capital Gains Tax Road" or living in the town of "Value Added Tax". Oh, but before lunch, we quickly popped over to an ancient amphitheatre, 2 km away from Leptis. A 17 000…