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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Picnic in Bandawa, and Crayfish fighting

on the road leading to Bandawa
On saturday 11/04/2009 me and my family want in a picnic to the mountains in the countryside of mosul before Dohok city , the place was very beautiful and awesome and I couldn't stop taking pictures (with 4different types of cameras and phones) , the green mountains and vales make you can't close your eye , the cool air, with the green color, making everyone happy.

the first thing you see when you reaches Bandawa, you couldn't image the view at the reality

this is Crayfish ( yellow one)

green hills


on the road leading to Bandawa

this is the place from the top of the mountain

2nd view

clouds on the mountains


  1. Great pictures S.W. thank you for sharing! Your pictures do look quite breathtaking and I imagine the landscape was even more beautiful in person as you described. Do you often go on picnics with your family? How does the war affect such a trip? Was it more common or easier for you and your family or other people from Mosul to to make such a trip before the invasion?

  2. Hello Jamaal,
    not all the families are capable to go on such picnics because of the situation in Iraq and Mosul especially, before the invasion we were more able to go on such picnics, but now not all the families are thinking to go on a picnics (only from home to the work ) , but nowadays as I see, there is more families go on picnics outside Mosul and in Mosul forests but not all the families of Mosul city only the half , but before the invasion the families were going on picnics is more.

  3. I am glad to hear that more families are able to go outside Mosul and into the forests of Mosul. Hopefully improvements will continue and everybody will be able to have the freedom to go on a picnic whenever and wherever they want. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions. I look forward to your next blog entry. Have a good weekend!

  4. :(

    العراق كلها رااااااحت

    ااااه يا لجمال هالصور الحلوة

    الله يعجل بالفرج عليييكم ..

    ويوحد كلمتكم على الحق
    قلوبنا معكم أخوانكم في بلاد الحرمين

  5. Hello

    Very nice photos, especially 1,2 and 3.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. Macalah

    Really nice pictures..

    I want ask you .. Who far this please from Mouesl ??

    I want go to trip in Iraq as my grandfather when he younger

  7. Alsalamo alaikum,
    for more informations, this place "Bendawa" is about 40km to the north of mosul
    thank you all

  8. Stunning!! Such beauty in a country that all I hear about is devastation and destruction.
    Thank you SW for sharing these goreous pictures of your world!!


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  10. Oi. Parabéns pelo excelente blog. Gostaria de lhe convidar para visitar meu blog e conhecer alguma coisa sobre o Brasil. Abração

  11. Jamaal BollingerMay 7, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Hey S.W.

    Recently you told me that more families have been able to go on picnics similar to the one you went on in Bandawa and I was wondering if this was a continuing trend in Mosul and Iraq in general. Are conditions overall improving, staying the same or getting worse in your opinion?

  12. Thank you for the nice pictures and yes Mosul is beautiful and Iraqi is beautiful.

    I wish you all the success in your exams.

    Take care,

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