Watch out the guards speak English
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Today starts a bit different from the previous weeks - my backs are on the flour of the hotel room and still unpacked - well they are not all that unpacked given we just came the night before. But this is the first and only two night stay in the same place of the entire tour - hence you notice the convenience of not having to pack your back and put it back on a bus of 4WD. After breakfast we all head of it is an early morning drive to the old city of
At the sight we will get a guided tour by a local guide who used to be a professor at the university in
We start at the museum to get a quick introduction to the place and see some of the artefacts they have found around the place.
The amphitheatre is actually a bit away from the main part of the town hence we have to drive back - on the way we pass by the old harbour which today is just a part of the ruins but used to host a military installation - hence a few year back taking a photo of the old harbour would have gotten you a few years studying the inside of a Libyan jail cell.
At the entrance to the main sight we get a quick lunch - of course the prices is somewhat higher than the standard the usual 'Libyan prices but it is still relatively cheap compared to home.
Going in to the main city the first thing we meat is an intersection with the arch of Severius Septimus the local born emperor of
After the arch from several sides - it is most impressive when you look at it from an angle and not straight towards it. We move on to the Hadrian Bath. In front of the baths is a small group of guard who are supposed to take care of the park. They are cooking lunch - they seem to be enjoying themselves. Just after we pass them we see lots of trash - the leftovers from their picnic lunch arrangement.
Of we go down to the coast where there are three big old columns.
Walking around town is interesting in many ways - it shows you how dedicated some of the old citizens of the town actually were in the ancient times. Several of the buildings got some sort of inscription saying something like "I xx build this with my own money". The leading citizens of the town wanted it to be the most amazing town in the world and they were ready to pay large amounts to do it.
The tour ends at the big theatre of the town from where you can see most of the surrounding town. Then it is time to go back - but we pass the big intersection with the magnificent arch in honour of Septimus Severus and this time we can see it right up front and not from a distance as we did when we got into the town. Then it is back to