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Arabic Neon | by Jim Rees
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Arabic Neon

With Syria in the news, I thought I'd post this nice neon sign photo I took in Damascus in January 1989. Things were a bit tense then too, as the Lockerbie bombing happened three weeks earlier and the US shot down two Libyans MIG-23s in the Gulf of Sidra four days before I arrived.

 

I spent most of my time in Haleb (Aleppo), but for some reason none of my photos from there are very good. I met a guy in Haleb who was personal friends with Muhammed Faris, Syria's only astronaut, who is from Haleb and I believe still lives there. Faris owned a very nice 1959 Eldorado convertible that had been used by Egyptian president Gamal Abdul Nasser on his state visit in 1960. It stood out even in a city full of big 1950s American cars. I didn't get to ride in it but saw it a couple of times. Everyone seemed to know that car.

 

For the curious: Olympus XA with Ektachrome.

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Taken on March 12, 2012