Doors to Beyond

Smithsonian – American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Arriving in Chicago, IL

Home of Lake Michigan and The Magnificent Mile.

Views from the plane – Taken from my phone.

Last trip of 2016.

#United

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The clouds above New Jersey

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Where the Great Lake meets the City

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Roads that lead across, through, and beyond

Hatteras Island & Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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“The morning sunshine”

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“Catching the waves”

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Cape Hatteras lighthouse in the town of Buxton is the tallest brick lighthouse structure in the United States – 257 steps to the top – – – and we did it.

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The view from the top – The island strip to the North can be seen in the distance.

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View towards the beach.

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“Aerial” view of the museum from the top of the lighthouse – 🙂

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The way down.

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Our local fresh produce store on Hatteras Island.

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Decisions, decisions – Which kart to pick, sit and drive!!!

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Ready, set and waiting for the ‘go’.

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Ferry to Ocracoke Island – The ferry makes Route 12c between Hatteras and Ocracoke.

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“Riding” Rt. 12c to Ocracoke.

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“The flight”

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Riding the wind.

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Go left or go right – Isle of Ocracoke.

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Ocracoke Lighthouse across Silver Lake.

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And yes, Pirate Blackbeard was killed here as well.

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Sharing the Orange Cream Soda – A rare moment of brotherly love.

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Amazingly excellent seafood – http://www.dajiorestaurant.com/

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Waiting for the ferry back.

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A walk on the beach – Sound side – Deep conversations.

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Fairy tales…

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Solitude

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The sign that persuades me to travel the United States – The service turned 100 in 2016 – preserving and protecting the US natural beauty and landscape for generations and many more to come.

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Islamic Cairo – City of A Thousand Minarets

Saladin Citadel (built 1176-1183):

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Mural of Mohammad Ali Pasha

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Citadel

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View of the city of Cairo

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Courtyard

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Mohammad Ali Pasha Mosque (built 1828-1848 AD):

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The view of the Mohammad Ali Mosque

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Mohammad Ali Mosque on the left with the green dome of Al-Nasir Mohammad Qala’un Mosque

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Courtyard inside the mosque. The clock tower (under renovation) was a gift from the King of France.

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Inlay work inside the dome.

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Pulpit – this mosque has two pulpits.

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Some intricate inlay work on the ceilings and arches

 

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan (built 1356-1359).

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The open courtyard next to the Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hasan & Al-Rifa’i Mosques

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Entrance to the courtyard of the mosque

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Area to wash before praying

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The raised area to make the call to prayers

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Pulpit

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Al-Rifa’i Mosque (built first in 1869 and then in 1912).

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The minaret of the Al-Rifa’i Mosque

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View of the Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hasan from the entrance of the Al-Ria’i Mosque

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Inlay work inside the dome at the entrance

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Tomb of the Shah of Iran Mohammad Raza Pahalvi

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Entrance to the tomb of King Farouk of Egypt

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The actual prayer area

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Artwork on the walls

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