Queen of Sheba lived in Sana’a

The old walled city of Sana’a in Yemen is full of treasures…and rightly so, since the Queen of Sheba lived here long ago. One of ancient beautiful civilizations began here 2,500 years ago. Yemen has the unique, quaint, red and white traditional multistory homes which are not seen in any other part of the world. I call these the gingerbread homes. This is a valley at an altitude of 2,200 meters. One is transported through the thick gate of the old city to an unhurried world, full of charm and wonder. The gate seems like a portal into a wonderland, where men carry swords strapped to their waists but smile benignly at everyone, where the fragrance of exotic spices and the local arts and crafts make one stop and stare and reach for one’s purse. DSC_0041

The buildings are well ventilated, and geometrically delightful!!!


The path to heaven is through crowded streets !!


An Indian actor is on the billboard,


The main ‘new’ city is left behind.


The journeys is enjoyable.


The first glimpse of merchandise..

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Yes, the portal to wonderland is here…

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The crowds are polite and do not touch or grope or stare at women.

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I felt safe and a little excited to step into this world.

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It is a valley at 2,200 meters above sea level.

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Of course, we got a dagger..

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The typical Yemeni man carries a small sword strapped to his abdomen.


I want this, and that…and ooooh that for sure…..


In a foreign land, somebody has to handle the multiple phones…


I wanted them all..


This is my glazed-by-beautiful-stuff-look..

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Finally, we saw women in black robes. There were many women/ girls from all over the world in shorts and tiny tops, and none of the men stared or glared at them. The harmony of all races and attires and cultures was a treat to observe, I can close my eyes and smell the aroma of the spices and the sweets and the famous Yemeni honey.

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