Silent Sunday

I love this photograph of these ladies sitting on the beach. Muslim women don't like to be photographed showing their faces, so this was perfect. Their colorful dresses are a pleasant departure from the sea of black I am accustomed to seeing in Saudi. 
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Silent Sunday

Salalah, Oman  Linking with Photalife

Silent Sunday


Dhalkut, Oman  5 miles from the border with Yemen. 
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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

I recently acquired a 6 week old puppy and it has turned our household upside down. It is truly like bringing a newborn home, throwing off our schedule and requiring more of my time.  I've not blogged for two whole weeks, but I am away on an archaeological dig for the next 8 days and have some time to catch up. 

In an effort to build tourism, Sri Lanka has sunk money into preserving its cultural sites.  The ruins of Polonnaruwa are the remains of an 11th century ancient city. Serving as a religious and economic center the city flourished under rulers who made intelligent choices for water usage. Temples, stupas, water gardens and artificial lakes adorn the site. Monkeys add an element of of excitement as they play in trees or daringly approach tourists who have food in their hands.  Unfortunately, Polonnaruwa's  hayday only lasted about 100 years before being conquered. 

The architecture here is stunning as evidenced in the intricately carved stella and details on the temples. 





Silent Sunday

I am in Oman this week helping with an archaeological excavation. I've set this to post automattically, but our internet will be spotty from Sunday on, so I may not get around to visiting many blogs. Will catch up with everyone in 10 days when I am home again. 

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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The Lion Rock and Ancient City of Sigiriya

The Unesco World Heritage site of Sigiriya is a massive urban center dating from 477-495 AD. It was a sophisticated ancient city with water works, gardens, commerce, defensive walls and a palace on top the Lion Fortress.  The trees are overrun with monkeys, but perhaps its most notable claim to fame is being featured in the 1982 Duran Duran music video Save A Prayer. If you haven't seen that lately, I'd look it up on Youtube--it'll bring back memories.  

The hike to the top of the fortress takes about 45. It is fairly easy though there are lots of stairs. There isn't much on top except for water basins and foundations, but the view is incredible. Allow 2-3 hours to wander the entire site. 



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Silent Sunday

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