Whilst I was unable to go around Jeddah, being here did bring back memories of my previous trips. The thing I remember most is the intriguing architecture. Older buildings here are like nowhere else. They have their own character. Even the ugly buildings seem to have a soul. I remember walking around an old market (Souq Al Alawi) and missing most of the shops as I gazed above them at the old windows and balconies.
The modern Jeddah is of course just as impressive. The interesting architecture theme seems to creep into the new; and the Corniche by the Red Sea offers beautiful views of the city sky line at different points. I stayed at a hotel in North Jeddah and the beach area is nicely presented with children play-areas, little cafes and long landscaped walkways. There is also an impressive long pier into the water that splits into three ends.
Another (silly) memory of Jeddah is the curved escalator. I know there are others around the world, but I saw it here for the first time a few years ago. Innovation in architecture is obviously part of the Jeddah spirit.
The top photograph was taken near a building in old Jeddah where I had a meeting this afternoon, the escalator is at the Hilton hotel in Jeddah.