Photographer's Note

Bicycle travels on the Silk Road:
This idyllic picture from the Corniche at El Mina (the harbor of Tripoli) is loaded with footprints of history: First: the cards the players (maybe fishermen) hold in their hands are french and so is the name "Corniche" of the sea promenade with its many teahouses, recalling the times of French occupation in the 20st century. Second: the men smoke the water pipe, "Nargileh" a leftover from Ottoman times. Third , they use an alphabet as we all do, but remember that the first alphabet on Earth (in cuneiform) started right here in the Phoenician harbors of the Mediterranean. Oh, and the men spoke Arab (I asked them in "Babylonian" i.e. with gestures and some french words for permission to take a picture). This said, it will not surprise you that El Mina/ Tripoli was successively dominated by a Phoenician Federation, by the Assyrian, Persian Greek-Persian and Roman empires, Byzantine, the Caliphate, Seljuk Empire, a Crusader state, the Mamluks , the Ottoman Empire and France (thanks, Wikipedia).

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