Desert Solitude in Libya

Only a few years ago, Libya was a tourism dead zone. The country's links to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing led to over a decade of U.N. sanctions, making it almost impossible for foreigners to travel there. But the sanctions were lifted back in 2003, and now visitors are allowed back in to rediscover some of Libya's historical gems.

One of the most precious is Ghadames, an old oasis town 380 miles (611 km) south of Tripoli. Until the 19th century, it was one of the principal trading posts of the Sahara, selling everything from ivory to incense to...

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