You can read my initial concerns about visiting Libya
on the Benghazi page. As this was our first
Port of call in Libya we decided to go on the City Tour (to be honest,
the organised tours in Libya were, comparatively, twice as expensive
as the other Ports on this Cruise and we were a bit peeved, especially
as we weren't allowed to just stroll ashore). First stop on the tour
was the Museum, excellent and roomy but the tour of this was a bit too
long (we were in there for over 2 hours and it should, apparently, have
been an hour and a half). It was a bit strange seeing a jeep and a car
(VW Beetle) that belonged to Gaddafi when he came to power in 1969!
Next the shopping (see picture below). Luckily all that gold and jewellery
does nothing for Edna (I'd keep away if it did) but it's always interesting
to see a new lot of shops! Next, to an Anglican Church, pretty tatty
to be honest but who's to pay for it's upkeep? Then to a Mosque, which
is always worth seeing and so, back on the coach. We said "Shokram"
(thankyou in Arabic - made a nice change, we're more used to saying
"Shokram La", "No Thankyou" in Egypt) to the guide
(Mohammed) and he really seemed touched that we'd bothered! When on
the coach Adam (the Saga guide) told everyone the word for thankyou
and we all had to say it (sorry Adam, we beat you).