Libyan Travel Guide
Apart from a vague geographic awareness of Libya being on the top coast of Africa, the main thing we remember learning about Libya at school is that its plain, all-green flag has gotta be the easiest flag of the world to draw. And now it sounds kind of ironic that the drive behind a planned new tourist boom for Libya is green, too.
In fact it's Saif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi, who's promoting an eco-tourism venture for the country. He's trying to encourage tourists to visit the Green Mountain conservation area, the ancient Greek ruins of Cyrene and the Temple of Zeus. There is work to be done before the tourists start arriving--for example, the Cyrene site is still overrun by wild horses. Then again, maybe that just makes it all doubly green tourism.
America's very own Lionel "Do It to Me One More Time" Richie sang for an adoring Libyan audience in front of the wrecked home of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday, as part of a concert to mark the 20th anniversary of a U.S. raid on the North African country. Nothing marks the anniversary of bombing better than the dulcet tones of soothing R&B.
Spanish tenor Jose Carreras (he's the other tenor, remember?) performed with Lionel, who apparently got it on with the crowd and cried, "Libya I love you, I'll be back!" No word on whether he sang the ultimate crowd pleaser, "Dancin' on the Ceiling", although we're sure it would have been a hit. Shockingly, Nicole Richie was no where to be found. There's just something about Libya that doesn't sound quite as glam as Vegas...
· Lionel Richie headlines Libyan celebration [MSNBC]
· Libya concert marks US bomb raids [BBC]
Nothing is ever convenient when it comes to seeing astronomical phenomena. The good news is that there's a total solar eclipse on March 29th this year. The bad news, for solar eclipse completists, is that the best place to see it is in the Libyan desert. Odds are most people won't be driving their RVs there.
Lonely Planet has just released an online guide to Libya and seeing the total eclipse. The absolute longest duration is way out in the desert, but that only buys you a few extra seconds, so most tours will take sun-heads to more accessible locations closer to civilization.
A word to the wise: don't look directly at the sun during the eclipse, just like you're not meant to look at Gaddafi's crack team of all-female bodyguards.
· Libya Guide [Lonely Planet]