ATHENS, GREECE – HERE WE COME 1959

DELPHI
DELPHI, GREECE 1959
IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY SINCE 1960

ARRIVING AT ATHENS AIRPORT  SEP. 1959

ARRIVING AT ATHENS AIRPORT SEP. 1959

GROUP PICTURE AT THE ATHENS TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

GROUP PICTURE AT THE ATHENS TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE


LETTER OF WELCOME FROM THE C.A. DOXIADIS

LETTER OF WELCOME FROM C.A. DOXIADIS, PRESIDENT, ATHENS TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

LETTER OF WELCOME BY THE MAYOR OF ATHENS

LETTER OF WELCOME BY THE MAYOR OF ATHENS

ATHENS TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, ATHENS
Sep. 1959-Sep. 1960

Sponsored by the Pakistan’s Housing and Development Ministry and funded by the Greek Government and the United Nations, a group of 19 persons, from various National and Provincial departments of the West and East Pakistan, came to Athens Technological Institute in Athens for their training in EKISTICS (Science of Human Settlement)for a year’s stay in Athens. While they came 19 in Sep. 1959, they returned 18 in Sep. 1960, one escaped as he had fallen in love with a Greek girl, when taking Greek language classes, which a majority of us also took. I was the first one to drop off that class, could not learn fast enough to be in the class.
Following year (1960-61 session) the second batch of students came for the same training at the Athens Technological Institute and, when leaving back in Sep. 1961, the student who had escaped return to the country previous year, was escorted under security to the Athens International Airport. However, with an excuse to go to the bathroom, same guy again escaped departure and plane left without him for the second time. Both years his checked in luggage reached Karachi without him. I don’t remember what happened to his luggage. However, I vaguely remember one of our group meeting him much later, living in Athens with his wife happily thereafter.

FIRST GROUP PICTURE Dec. 1, 1959

FIRST EKISTICS STUDENTS GROUP PICTURE
Dec. 1, 1959

RECEPTION BY ATI

RECEPTION BY ATI AT THE HOTEL BRATINCA

PERFORMANCE AT GREAT BRITANICA

PERFORMANCE AT THE HOTEL GREAT BRITANICA<

GREEK FOLKLORE
GREEK FOLKLORE

GREEK FOLKLORE

LEVADIA

LEVADIA

LEVADIA BEAUTIFUL

LEVADIA BEAUTIFUL

METEORA MONASTRY

METEORA MONASTRY

METEORA MONASTRY

METEORA MONASTRY

METEORA Photo Credit: Internet

METEORA
Photo Credit: Internet

MYCENE TOMB

MYCENE TOMB

ENCOUNTER WITH  FRIENDLY GREEK

ENCOUNTER WITH FRIENDLY GREEK

FROM AIRPORT TO PARTHENON

FROM AIRPORT TO PARTHENON

SALONICA CITY CHURCH

SALONICA CITY CHURCH

KASTORIA CHURCH

KASTORIA CHURCH

VARIA MOSQUE

VARIA MOSQUE

NAFPLION MOSQUE

NAFPLION MOSQUE

TRIKALA, KOURSOUM (SINAI) MOSQUE

TRIKALA, KOURSOUM
(SINAI) MOSQUE

KASTORIA RESIDENT

ELDERLY KASTORIA RESIDENT

ZAKYNTHOS PORT

ZAKYNTHOS PORT

MYSTRAS

MYSTRAS

PORT VIEW

PORT VIEW

KOZANI - AGIOS NIKOLAS CLOCKTOWER

KOZANI – AGIOS NIKOLAS
CLOCKTOWER

LANGHADIA VILLAGE

LANGHADIA VILLAGE

SWITZERLAND OF PAKISTAN – SWAT 1961 & 2001

SWITZERLAND OF PAKISTAN

SWAT – SWITZERLAND OF PAKISTAN

In spite of poverty of the people in Kalaam Valley, Ushu Valley, Neelam Valey and Hunza Valley, one is amazed to see the beauty of nature all around. The State of Swat has suffered in the recent past due to the conflicts resulting from Talibans’ take over of the area until the Provincial and Federal forces could push them out that left lots of destruction further making peoples’ life harder, especially for the people of Mingora, the main town in Swat State.

On our visit to Pakistan in February of 2001, we had the opportunity to cover a wide area beyond Kalaam Town that I had visited 40 years back with my students from the Sociology Department of the Karachi University,
(in 1960-61) where I was teaching as a Professor. We had arranged a pickup service from Islamabad, via PTDC service and a driver was waiting at the Mingora Airport, who remained with us for next 2-3 days. During our lunch break in Kalaam Town, our driver, Afzal, when chatting with the locals of Kalaam, mentioned that I was returning to Kalaam and Swat after 40 years, the local people were shocked, saying “what is there to come all the way from Canada”. I always believed that God has given so much abundant beauty of mountains and valleys to the poorest people of Pakistan, who can only survive on the visitors (country and abroad) and tourism, un-interrupted. In my first trip to Kalaam, with my students from the University was to study the lives of Kalaam inhabitants, only to find how hard was their life due to limited resources at their disposal in hard winter.

In our trip starting from Mingora all the way to Malam Jabba, at an altitude of 10,000 ft., via winding one way unpaved road, finally reaching at Skiing Station (built by the Swiss). It was so cold that we had to request for electric heaters to warm up our room. Not one or two, we were given three heaters that kept us warm enough to survive the night. We forgot everything when we saw breathtaking view of the snow covered peaks through our window, we still remember and cherish that view.

USHU VALLEY
USHU VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

USHU VALLEY
USHU VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

USHU VALLEY
USHU VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

KALAAM VALLEY
Our driver with locals of Kalaam Town, Swat (sabirshakeelphotography)

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Hunza Valley, Gilgit
Photo Credit: AZK Tourism

NEELAM VALLEY
Ratti Galli, Neelam Valley (?)
Photo Credit: AZK Tourism

NEELAM VALLEY
Photo Credit: AZK Tourism

MIANDAM VALLEY
MIANDAM VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

PTDC GUEST HOUSE
PTDC GUEST HOUSE (sabirshakeelphotography)

MIANDAM VALLEY VIEW
SWAT VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

COLLAGE OF SWAT PICTURES
COLLAGE OF SWAT PICTURES (sabirshakeelphotography)

1961 TRIP TO SWAT WITH MY STUDENTS FROM THE SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT, KARACHI UNIVERSITY

SWAT TRIP 1961

GROUP WITH LIGHT LUGGAGE


SWAT TRIP 1961

GROUP READY TO DEPART FOR KALAAM


SWAT TRIP 1961

GROUP PHOTO IN MINGORA


SWAT TRIP 1961

KALAAM REST HOUSE


SWAT TRIP 1961

KALAAM AS IN 1961


SWAT TRIP 1961

SWINGING BRIDGE TO KALAAM


SWAT TRIP 1961

KALAAM FORTRESS

KARLOVY VARY , CZECH REPUBLIC 2006

VIEW OF KARLOVY VARY
VIEW OF KARLOVY VARY WITH IMPERIAL SPA HOTEL AT THE TOP OF THE HILL

THE GRAND PUPP by night
THE GRAND HOTEL PUPP (FOR RICH AND FAMOUS)

KARLOVY VARY CZECH REPUBLIC

“The biggest spa town in the Czech Republic and a town with a long spa tradition (600 years)”, Karlovy Vary was founded in 1350 by Charles IV. It lies at an elevation of 370 meters above the sea level. Its natural rarity, curative thermal springs is the source of tourism. Town’s Baroque historical and Art Nouveau buildings adorn its streets and alleys.
We visited Czech Republic in May, 2006, in Spring season when the whole area is full of flowers blooming everywhere and trees of several green shades of leaves.
Our hotel: Karlsbad Plaza Spa and Wellness Hotel was newly opened after an extensive restoration of an old 14th century court building. It was a truly 5 stars hotel and its staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. Spa facilities and restaurants were very enjoyable.

Steps to ZAMECKE LAZNE Spa & Wellness Centre
BOUTIQUE HOTEL ROMANCE OPPOSITE ZAMECKE LASNE

Beatiful building around Sadova Colonnade Park
BEAUTIFUL BUILDING WITH ITS REFLECTION

Steaming SPRUDEL Spring
THE SPRUDEL SPRING (RIGHT DOWNTOWN)

CARLSBAD PLAZA SPA & WELLNESS HOTEL
KARLSBAD PLAZA SPA AND WELLNESS HOTEL

THE LOBBY OF KARLSBAD HOTEL
THE LOBBY OF KARLSBAD PLAZA SPA AND WELLNESS HOTEL


SECOND FLOOR PIANO LOUNGE AND RESTAURANTS

CASINO ROYALE
LAZNE 1 KAISERBAD 1893-95 (Where CASINO ROYALE was filmed)

VIEW FROM THE IMPERIAL HOTEL
KREMLIN 2 – VIEW OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDERAL FROM IMPERIAL SPA HOTEL

VIEW OF KARLOVY VARY
VIEW OF KARLOVY VARY FROM THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN

KARLOVY VARY IN SPRING
MOST BEAUTIFUL SPRING SEASON

SPRING BLOOM
SPRING FLOOM

HEIGHTS OF FRIENDSHIP TRAILS
HEIGHTS OF FRIENDSHP TRAILS

RIAD DAR MASMOUDI, FEZ, MOROCCO 2004

RIAD DAR MASMOUDI, MEDINA, FEZ, MOROCCO 2004

RIAD DAR MASMOUDI, MADINA, FEZ

In 2004, We had the pleasure to stay for several days in this Riad, an Andolucian Mansion in Fez, Morocco, which was inherited by the current owner Mr. Masmoudi, whose ancestors came from AndalucĂ­a, Spain. We had the biggest double bedroom on the ground floor with hand crafted ceiling, and, a covered central courtyard, reminding us of Cordoba’s famous courtyards .

 RIAD DAR MASMOUDI

CEILING OF INNER COURTYARD

RIAD DAR MAMOUDI

BEDROOM CEILING