important road signs

This road from here leads up to the Syrian border and this area is under UN control because it is "disputed" territory. The road is gravel and not very wide, driving along it I met several UN convoys coming from the opposite direction. These convoys comprised of armoured cars and troop carriers moving very fast so that they are a difficult target. Problem is that the road is only one vehicle wide so I had to continually pull off the road to let these convoys past. I did make it to the border but rather than track the Syrian border up to Lebanon as I planned - I decided to turn back - unusual for me to retreat but when all the other vehicles on the road are armoured and driving fast, and when one is in a tiny Hyundai with "Budget Rent a Car" stickers on it, even I know it is time to turn back!
 

truck in minefield


The things we do for photography!

danger mines


There are lots of minefields in the Golan Heights left over from the many wars. This was taken driving up to the Syrian border. I drove up to the point shown on the map below, I did not take pictures in that region though as things are pretty volatile with a Syrian military build up on the other side of the border and ISIS attacks on UN troops in the area. My travel interest is not the current conflict, but exploring the older history of this region up to the Yom Yippur War.

golan heights


An afternoon drive through the Golan Heights up to the border.

trouble at damascus gate


Just over a week ago in Jerusalem's Old City I was walking to the Damascus Gate when there was trouble the other side; in the initial incident one person was shot dead and three police officers injured. Apparently this was followed by a riot or crowd issue, you can hear what sounds to me like a Kinetic or CS Gas round being fired on the other side of the gate in the video.

crossing the negev


Crossing the Negev last week, will post some photos soon.

waiting game

As seen at Check Point Charlie - I really don't get it - anyone understand the significance?

strange vw

As seen in Berlin a few weeks ago - I want one - does not look like it will have many emissions.

ducati

One day I will trade my Honda CB500X in for a one of these! As seen in Berlin a few weeks ago.

train

Took me a few weeks to figure out the Berlin subway - but I've got it now - I think.

sight seeing

Being a tourist with relatives in Berlin.

elevator photos

Elevator photo - a kind of visual alternative to elevator music.

hadrian's arch

As seen in Athens: Aside from being the world's first hipster - this Hadrian guy really got around - seeing his buildings everywhere in the region!

from one wall to another

Was in Berlin a few days ago and now in Israel and traveled to the West Bank - from one wall to another - but this one is still active. Will post photos as I can but in the mean time will leave the photoblog posting recent pics of other places automatically. 

trees and tourists

As seen in Athens last week.

jerusalem


Arrived in Jerusalem today - first time for me - staying in the Old City.

the great escape

All art is political - sometimes it is more overt than others - but it is all political none-the-less.

working at the wall

Although in Europe at the moment, while in Berlin I am getting in 10-12 hours writing a day, but about to take 2-weeks off for Israel soon.

sounds of the wall

All kinds of art along the wall, I could spend ages here.

bride and groom

Ephesus is a great setting for a wedding - just don't stay here for the honymoon - Anthony and Cleopatra came here for theirs and we know how that turned out!

selfie in zeus' place

I think the selfies is a form of art, and at the very least a sociological phenomena, there has to be an article in this I am sure!

tired traveller

Why are mountaintop experiences so exhausting?