Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Baghdad Tour Baath Party House

As promised, more pictures from my Baghdad Palace Tour.

First, a few more pictures from the roof of the Victory Over America Palace ...
view of Baghdad skyline
View of Baghdad skyline from bombed out window on the palace roof.

Saddam grandchildrens Flintstone Village
This is the "Flintstone Village" that Saddam built for his grandchildren.

Next we stopped at what is purported to be the last remaining mural of Saddam Hussein ... where there was a rare picture taken with me actually in it ;-)
Saddam Hussein Mural

Finally, it was on to the bombed out remains of the Ba'ath Party House:
blown out window of baath house
This building took hits from a couple of JDAMs, and a Tomahawk Missile. According to the tour guide all of those empty windows used to contain beautiful stained glass.

A couple of views from inside the building ...
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And then of course I had to get a couple of "artsy fartsy" type shots ...
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Almost like a museum, many things are left almost exactly as they were in 2003 when the bombs fell. I thought this broken chair amongst the rubble really captured the "feel" of the place.

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And then last but not least, I don't know what it is with me and stairs lately ... but again, this was one of my favorite shots.

I hope you enjoyed. And if you're interested, you can find more pictures from Baghdad (and elsewhere) on my Flickr page.

Til next time,
Todd

p.s. don't forget that I do still have some pictures of the Ziggurat of Ur coming sometime in the next week or two ... so check back soon if you like that sort of thing.

7 comments:

  1. Again great pictures, what a great eye. Perhaps someday it will be a museum.
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  2. Great pics, Todd! Keep 'em comin'. :-)

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  3. Wow, great photos. I had never heard of the Flinstone village that was built. That was interesting. I think you were right on the picture of the chair capturing the essence.

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  4. Hi Josh,

    Thanks, I feel a little bit guilty about getting to "play tourist" while I'm over here. But at the same time, it is kind of cool to see places and things that most Americans never get the chance to.

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  5. Thanks, I'd never heard of the Flintstone village either ... that was one of the more interesting things I learned about on the tour.

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  6. Thanks !!! I'll try to remember to bring my camera out with me more often. There are actually some pretty interesting murals on the walls around the base here that I'd like to get some pictures of.

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  7. Hi Kelli,

    To be perfectly honest with you, I normally wouldn't get to see much of the "up close and personal" side of Iraq either ... I'm a FOBBIT (ie, I don't leave the base) ... this time, I just happened to luck into the opportunity to take some tours.

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