Photographer's Note

I enjoyed my stay in Jeddah very much - its Corniche with the people, open-air art and wonderful architecture of Al Balad. But after three night I went to Riyadh.
I decided to go by bus. I was a bit nervous because I didn't know how to buy the tickets and where is the bus terminal. I went to the centre but I couldn't find it. But finally, everything was very easy. In a few minutes, I bought the ticket online with my smartphone and the taxi took me to the terminal. No need to worry.

The way from Jeddah to Riyadh is long - around 1000 km. There is one town between - Mecca, but the bus goes far away of it. Besides, there is nothing. Twelve hours of only the desert. The bus had stop - for praying and eating. The intercity buses in Saudi are very comfortable, they are spacious. Women sit separately in the front rows.

The Masmak is a clay and mud-brick fort, with four watchtowers and thick walls, founded on stone blocks, lying in the center of Riyadh. This building played a major part in the kingdom's history, as it was here that the recapture of Riyadh, led by Ibn Saud, occurred on 14 January 1902.

In January 1902 the young Amir Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud, who was at the time living in exile in Kuwait succeeded in capturing the Masmak fortress from its Rashid garrison in the Battle of Riyadh). The event, which restored Al Saud control over Riyadh, has acquired an almost mythical status in the history of Saudi Arabia and has been retold many times, but has as its central theme the heroism and bravery of the future King Abdulaziz.
It was used by King Abdulaziz from 1902 to 1938 when he moved his court to the newly built Murabba Palace. (Wikipedia)

I was very "lucky" in Riyadh - it was raining almost the whole day. Saudis have little rain so they were very happy. I have no idea what these letters M mean. I suppose they were preparing for some kind of festival.

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The bus stop
Desert all the way

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