Amman, Jordan

Images from a visit to Amman, Jordan.

Mural of Marcel Khalife and Mahmoud Darwish along Daraj Al Kalha street in Amman, Jordan.
Mural of Marcel Khalife and Mahmoud Darwish along Daraj Al Kalha street in Amman, Jordan.
Temple of Hercules in Amman, Jordan
Temple of Hercules in Amman, Jordan
Temple of Hercules in Amman, Jordan
Temple of Hercules in Amman, Jordan
Al Shamasi (the umbrellas) in Amman, Jordan.
Al Shamasi (the umbrellas) in Amman, Jordan.
Looking south towards the Roman Theater from the Citadel in Amman, Jordan
Looking south towards the Roman Theater from the Citadel in Amman, Jordan
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Edinburgh, Scotland

Photos from our recent trip to Edinburgh, Scotland.

View of Victoria Street
Victoria Street
View from South Bridge
View from South Bridge
Image of The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile
Image of National Monument of Scotland
National Monument of Scotland
View of downtown Edinburgh from Calton Hill
View of downtown Edinburgh from Calton Hill
View of The Dugald Stewart Monument on Calton Hill
The Dugald Stewart Monument on Calton Hill
Image of a taxi in Edinburgh
Classy Taxi
Image of Edinburgh Castle from Grassmarket
Edinburgh Castle from Grassmarket
Image of the Holrood Palace from Holyrood Park
Holyrood Palace from Holyrood Park
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Images of Holyrood Palace and Abbey

Here are a few photographs from my recent visit to the Holyrood Palace and Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Picture of Holyrood Palace
Holyrood Palace – Edinburgh, Scotland
Picture of Holyrood Abbey
Holyrood Abbey – Edinburgh, Scotland
Picture of Holyrood Abbey
Holyrood Abbey – Edinburgh, Scotland
Picture of Holyrood Abbey
Holyrood Abbey – Edinburgh, Scotland
Picture of Holyrood Abbey
Holyrood Abbey – Edinburgh, Scotland
Picture of Holyrood Abbey
Holyrood Abbey – Edinburgh, Scotland
Picture of Holyrood Abbey
iPic of Holyrood Abbey – Edinburgh, Scotland
Picture of Holyrood Abbey
iPic of Holyrood Abbey – Edinburgh, Scotland
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Paris, France (December 2016)

Some iPhone images I took during my recent visit to Paris.

Image of the view of the Seine
View of the Seine
Image of the Right Bank along the Seine
The Right Bank along the Seine
Image of Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre
Image of comics by Zeina Abirached along the streetscape!
Comics by Zeina Abirached along the streetscape!
Image of installation by Flemish artist Hans Op de Beeck at 104 CENTQUATRE.
Installation by Flemish artist Hans Op de Beeck at 104 CENTQUATRE.
Image of Puglee visiting the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.
Puglee visit the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.
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City/Cité: An Exchange on Urban Democracy

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to represent the Arab American National Museum at the City/Cité convening in Paris. It was an inspiring program and I was honored to be part of an incredibly talented delegation of professionals representing the US. In addition to sharing how the AANM works to uplift communities through arts & culture, I had the opportunity to meet with like-minded institutions in Paris to explore the potential for collaboration. This included the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration and the Institut du Monde Arabe. I’m optimistic about the possibilities. Here’s more on the City/Cité program:

At a time where shockwaves of the Brexit and US elections extend to the other side of the Atlantic in a context of worldwide political crisis, City/Cité brings together researchers, policymakers, city architects, activists, artists, and journalists in a transatlantic dialogue on the past, present, and future of urban democracy.

After the 2015 launch of City/Cité in Chicago and before the next stage that will take place in Detroit in 2017, this Paris edition turns to the issue of “neighborhoods”. The two days of events at CentQuatre-Paris and Maison de la Poésie offer a space for exchange and reflection on ways to promote social inclusion and political participation in neighborhoods, and to identify best practices for social justice. Beyond the immediate objective of establishing an international network of artists, researchers, local figures, and activists, the project aims to create a Franco-American commission on urban development policy.

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Advertisement for City/Cité in Paris

I need to express my heartfelt gratitude to the French Embassy in the US for organizing City/Cité. Not only was it an insightful program, but it also served to foster stronger relationships among the participants. I’m very much looking forward to the next installment of City/Cité, which will take place in Detroit in 2017.

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Northern Michigan Lights, Winter 2014

Here are some images of lights I captured on a recent trip to northern Michigan. The purpose of this trip was to serve as both a vacation and a nordic skiing adventure. However, I found myself engrossed in Michigan’s maritime history. Speaking to this, I’ve been doing a great bit of reading on/researching since returning home. I’ve found the following books to be both informative and enjoyable:

Charlevoix South Pierhead

An image of Charlevoix South Pierhead
Charlevoix South Pierhead, December 27, 2103.

Wawatam Lighthouse

An image of Wawatam Lighthouse
Wawatam Lighthouse in St. Ignace, December 29, 2013

Petoskey Pierhead

An image of the Petoskey Pierhead
Petoskey Pierhead, December 31, 2013.

Another image of Petoskey Pierhead
Petoskey Pierhead on January 1, 2014. This image was shot one day after the previous one. Notice the ice on the lake!
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55th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk.

Here are some photographs from the 55th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. This was our first time participating in the annual five mile walk. Despite the crowds, the walk across the bridge at sunrise was beautiful!

Recommendations from our itinerary:

  • Eat at Legs Inn in Cross Village. It might be the best Polish restaurant in the state.
  • Stay at Wilderness State Park. Campsites are next to the Lake Michigan shoreline and the location is a short drive to the Mackinac Bridge and Sturgeon Bay.
A picture of Devon and Dharma at the 2012 Bridge Walk
The 2012 Bridge Walk with Dharma
Walkers on the 2012 Mackinac Bridge Walk
The 2012 Mackinac Bridge Walk
A picture of walkers at the 2012 Mackinac Bridge Walk
The 2012 Mackinac Bridge Walk
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