Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Our World: Jeddah's Mameluke Lanterns


Jeddah's Mameluke Lanterns sculpture is a well known site located on a very busy street.  From a distance, the lanterns don't look too exciting.


But on closer look, the dust covered lanterns begin to awe as it is revealed that this piece of art is actually made of stained glass.


The 4 bigger-than-life lamps are the creation of Spanish artist, Julio Lafuente, who was originally an architect.  Lafuente was one of the more prolific artists who created sculptures for Jeddah, designing more than 30 sculptures in the city.


At night the lanterns are lit from within and look absolutely spectacular. They are dazzling.


The stained glass colors are vibrant and exquisite.  The floral designs are very detailed and pleasing to the eye. It's difficult to capture their beauty because of their location on such a busy street.


The above photo gives a perspective of how big the lanterns really are.  That's Jess, a friend of mine, raising her arms and standing under one of the lanterns, no where close to being able to reach it.


The Mameluke Lanterns sculpture is probably one of the most beloved and famous landmarks out of the hundreds of pieces of public art in Jeddah.


I'd like to thank my friend Vicki Reynolds for allowing me the use of her splendid photos for this post.  She captured their beauty magnificently.




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Friday, August 18, 2017

SkyWatch: Jeddah Sculpture Silhouette


This cement boat sculpture is located in the northern beach area of Jeddah.



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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Our World: Gender Segregated Gates


As many times as I've been to this beach resort north of Jeddah, I've never seen anyone adhere to these gender segregating signs indicating that men and women need to use separate gates a few feet apart...



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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jeddah Beach Resort


The city of Jeddah runs north and south along the Red Sea, taking full advantage of being right on the coastline. North of Jeddah, there are many beach resorts - some catering to everyone and others catering to only expats, where women's dress codes are much looser.

This beach resort called Durrat al Aroos has a large marina which houses hundreds of sailing vessels.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jeddah Beach Skyline


The variety of architectural shapes makes this beach skyline rather unusual.  It can be seen north of Jeddah in an area called Obhur.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Our World: Angawi House Interior


Almakkiyah is the name of the home of famed local architect Dr. Sami Angawi, who allows tours of his home to pre-arranged groups.  I've been fortunate to have been able to visit the house many times and I always notice new details that I hadn't seen before.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Souvenirs from Travel


I love this collection of Whirling Dervish dancers that my sister-in-law has purchased on her trips to Turkey.  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jeddah Restaurant on Red Sea


The Segala Restaurant is located on the Red Sea north of Jeddah and offers seaside seating and a seafood menu.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saudi Espresso Cups


These cute little espresso cups were offered as a Ramadan promotion by a coffee provider.  Aren't they cute?

Friday, June 2, 2017

SkyWatch: Little White Mosque on the Red Sea


This lovely little stand alone mosque is located on Jeddah's Corniche which runs along the Red Sea coastline.



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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Saudi Arabia: Nature



The palm tree's fingers reach for the clouds and the blue sky up above, while taking a deep breath of the fresh moist sea air.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jeddah Bird Wall Mosaic


Continuing on from yesterday's post, here are some photos that show the walls and environment of the beautiful mosaics on the walls of a lovely family villa in Jeddah.


There are many little nooks along the walls as well, such as this, where workers can take a break or eat their lunches in the shade.


The palm trees, bougainvillea, and other tropical vegetation enhance the beauty of the mosaics.


I believe the walls of the villa extend along two sides of the block.  The grounds inside must be fairly large.








Hope you've enjoyed one of my favorite walls of Jeddah!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our World: Jeddah Birds Wall Mosaic


The tall walls surrounding Jeddah's family villas are sometimes enhanced with unexpected artwork or details.


As a fan and designer of mosaics myself, I appreciate the hard work, talent and thought that goes into the making of mosaics.


These pics are all closeups of small portions of mosaics which grace the walls around a villa in Jeddah.


I like the geometric patterns and the birds that are featured in these mosaics.  What do you think?



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Monday, May 29, 2017

Jeddah: Textile Souk Scene


A favorite textile and clothing souq of Jeddah is called Makarona Souq.  It's located on the busy street of Makarona, which was named that because a long time ago, there was a pasta / macaroni factory located on this road.  This souq offers a great selection of fabrics and trims, custom tailor shops, and off the rack abayas. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Jeddah: Artwork on Water Truck


The water trucks (and poop trucks) that crowd and jam the streets of Jeddah are painted with bright colors and a variety of themes, like flowers or patriotism.

Friday, May 19, 2017

SkyWatch: Jeddah Compound Pool Area


This is the pool area of one of the many residential expat compounds for foreign workers living in Jeddah.  Women are not required to wear abayas inside the compound walls, and most of these residential compounds do not allow Saudi nationals to live there.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Jeddah: Clothing in Shop Windows


Sometimes I just have no words for the weird outfits I see on headless mannequins in the shop windows of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  It's mind-boggling - and it all seems so contrary to this society. But if anything, it's definitely questionable taste and judgment...