"Today's Tobruk" Baladiyat al Jabal al Akhdar Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

  Strategic harbour
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  • Strategic harbour - Baladiyat al Jabal al Akhdar
      Strategic harbour
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  • Redundant church, closed museum - Baladiyat al Jabal al Akhdar
      Redundant church, closed museum
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  • Rusting away - Baladiyat al Jabal al Akhdar
      Rusting away
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  • All dressed up and nowhere to go - Baladiyat al Jabal al Akhdar
      All dressed up and nowhere to go
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  • The road from Tobruk - Baladiyat al Jabal al Akhdar
      The road from Tobruk
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Apart from its WW2 connections, and - aside from the cemeteries - very little is made of them - Tobruk really has nothing to offer the visitor. The town is growing very fast and much of it resembles a building site. The hotels range from the mediocre to the downright awful and this is not the place to go looking for a fine dining experience - the only guidebook recommended restaurant in town was closed for renovation whilst we were there.

Rommel's HQ and wartime bunker is in lock down, as is the museum in a disused church in the centre of town, and the caretaker seems to have left town with the key. There is talk of the bunker being restored and a new wartime museum built but nothing's happening yet. There are a few rusting relics scattered around the bunker enclosure but the wreck of the Lady Be Good, a US bomber that crashed in a sand storm in 1943 and was found in 1958, has been moved to the nearby airbase. The bodies of her crew that were found were all repatriated.

An evening stroll through town and down to the as-yet-unfinished plaza overlooking the harbour affords a little entertainment both to visitors and locals - we struck up a conversation with two pretty teenagers who were all dressed up with nowhere to go. Otherwise, make sure you've brought a good book, find a cafe table and sit down with a cup of tea to write those postcards you've been carrying around for a week - the post office is on the main square in the centre of town and Libya produces some wonderful stamps - or head out to find one of the local internet cafes and catch up with the folks back home.

The direct route back to Benghazi (flights in and out of Tobruk are currently off the schedule) is just as uninspiring - a long straight stretch of desert highway that eventually morphs into green fields of new wheat and flower-strewn pastures as you draw near to Benghazi.

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  • Updated Jun 1, 2009
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