This web site is to help us, an itinerant expatriate family, stay in touch with our large extended family and close friends. We thought it unlikely to be of interest to others. However you may email us:
By the way I find you by coincidence I was searching for compounds in Saudi... Rima
Amazing memories I spent all night reading you ... How much are they lucky having you .. I mean your family Masha Allah (May Allah bless you all)
Wonderful pictures of Baghdad. I was there at the sane time as a member of the German Interest section. Played snookers many times there and swam in that pool too.
Theamblerfamily guest book was offline between 1st January 2013 and 25th October 2013. It is now active again.
Dear Amblers,I'm so impressed by your fascinating life stories and beautiful
pictures!! I was an accidental visitor on your blog searching any
information about Riyadh, but now I'm a big fan of your photos :) Your
stories would be very helpful to my family living as well as raising kid in
Saudi next year. Hope your blog continues forever and inspires me!! many
thanks from Korea^^
i just did a search for early eighties images in an effort to reminisce. i was eleven in 1980, and know none of these people, but the images are great. thanks for sharing!
I attended at the BIS until 2001 when I had graduated and left back to England for University. I had some of the best times at that school when only a handful of foreigners remained in country. We always wondered what it would've been like. These pictures are priceless of a time when Iraq was a more beautiful place, I know work there and these pictures are far from reality. You have a lovely family and I can see your admiration in photos and travelling which makes it even more interesting in a chronological order. This website is absolutely priceless and I would love to sit and have a beer with you one day from generation to generation when I'm in Dubai next to hear about some of your interesting stories. The comments below are endless with a positive fashion from nostalgic happy memories of many other people of schools, universities,
thank you for sharing your lovely photos and experience in my lovely town of Baghdad I've been living in the uk for nearly 17 years now .looking at your Baghdad photos made me very sentimental and brought me back some good memories when Baghdad was a lovely place to live in . Rend
Hello The Amblers What an interesting blog you have made. How far you have travelled. I "found" your blog accidentally when looking for stuff on Agar Guf. I visited Iraq in the mid 70's and have fond memories of the time I spent there. Keep up the additions to your blog and also the wonderful photographs, so that we too can visit the amazing places you have been. Many thanks, Senga.
Hi My name is Bob Ambler from Portland Ct. USA. I saw your web site and wanted to stop in and say Hi. Nice to know there are Amblers around the world.
Dear Richard, Clair, Edward and Verity,
I tried to email the address you give, but it was returned as 'undelivered'.
I have only just discovered your terrific website, whilst trying to track down more copies of “The Ambler Family by Louis Ambler”.
I am a son of Yvonne Mary Lillian Ambler (married name now ‘King’). Her parents were Maurice John & Antonie Heukaufer (married 14th April 1923). My Grandfather, Maurice, was a Colonel in the 14th/20th King’s Hussars & is registered as a Major in the Bradford section under page “D”.
Should you hear of any copies of “The Ambler Family”, book for sale, I would be pleased to hear about them?
I am delighted to see you are an active family, enjoying a full range of activities and look forward to showing my 85 year old Mum, later today.
Best wishes to you all,
Very cool site. I was lead here by a Google image search looking for decent
pictures of Baghdad before 1991. They're difficult to find and it's amazing
to me that this is so, given the long history. Your pics show I time I never
experienced as I hadn't yet been born, but remind me of my parents' stories
growing up in Iran, with lots of international students, modernity and
comparative innocence. The inclusion of students from, and a trip through,
Yugoslavia in your Iraq pics drives this point home further. Keep posting
member British club Baghdad 1981-85. gave the address to the haggis on two
occasions and spent many a Monday evening at film night.
Hello There Ambler Family,
Im soooo Jealous with your stay in Saudi Arabia specially with your trip in the Desert and witnest the bountiful scattered Petrified Forrest. Since Im already located in Riyadh, If you have some moment, could you please share to me that location where abouts? Coordinates will do..Pleaseeee!!! with best regards - Chris (Im currently working here with American Express Cards Co.) You may send me a text message at (If you wish) +966 56 926 9866 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and my FB page name is Tee Zee . Thanks so much in advanced.
OMG, your website/blog is so intresting. I am a native Jedawi (from Jeddah ) and was just googling 'moving from Jeddah to Dubai' (since that is what we are doing) and came across your website. I hope you dont mind. We are now moving to dubai. We lived in the UK for 12 years so as you can imagine a lot of what you wrote/said/photographed is very familiar to us.
i left a message here before while i was still in abha, saudi arabia, and now im currently in philippines. im leaving soon bound for libya, tripoli. Have you visited the place too before? Any must see spots to suggest?Thank you
We lived in Baghdad from 1959 to 1969 when my father worked for IPC and I spotted a couple of names in your guest book that I recognised. Peter Keogh, though I was a bit older than him and his older brother and sister were more my age and Dennis Duckworth father of two friends of mine.
We spent most of our summer time at the Alwiyah Club. I only visited the British Club a few times as my parents weren't members. They did enjoy going out into the desert and we visited most of the ancient sites from Ctesiphon to Babylon and Samarra. A great place to grow up in, though I suspect that politically it must have been a bit of a strain for my parents sometimes.
I came across your webpage by accident (I was searching for Mike Pead on Google - Mike also being a contemporary of mine at Bedford School).
Naturally, I was fascinated to see your photo's of Bedford School and read your thoughts about your time there. I real walk down memory lane!!
Thank you for taking these beautiful pictures. I especially love the pictures of Abha. I live in Makkah and absolutely love it here, but I've never been to Abha, though we want to visit it someday. I hope to be more adventurous once my children are a little older! Thanks again.
amazing ,thanks a lot,
Thanks a jolly lot!
Incredible. Thank you for sharing. It's an inspiration - I hope to find employment and move my family to UAE.
- Daniel O'Connor, Iowa, USA
Intriquing Family..Thanks for taking us all with you!
I am about to return to Riyadh after many years and found this really helpful.
I thinks this blog helps us understand and enjoy the variety that exists around the globe. Congrats for the blog from an anglophile(oops...it raises eyebrows)in India.email@example.com
What a wonderful blog of places you've lived in and stunning pictures, you're lucky to have the opportunity to get to experience so many places.
Cheers from Albuquerque, New Mexico
I stumbled across your site and thought it was wonderful. I am moving to Riyadh in May, working as a governess to the Royal Family. Although I am bit nervous, your photos and comments made me less so and I am quite excited now.
these articles make me feel the warm of the life and smell the beautiful of the social life in my county , when there was part of a story @ Iraq during the seventies of the past century , girl comment on that part "unfortunately we are living in 2012"
I AM SHOCKED TO SEE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE OF BAGHDAD BACK IN THE TIME WERE IT WAS REALLY BEAUTIFUL AS COMPARED WITH THE MEAN TIME IT LOOKS LIKE HELL NOW
THANK YOU GUYS FOR SHARING SUCH AN AMAZING PICS WITH US
Hallo.NICEST HOMEPAGE EVER:-)
I recognise me and my brother in your Baghdad-schoolpictures-hilarious.Very nice.I remember Halloween at school 1973 when my teacher wore a piratecostume and we playd games in the schoolbackyard.Goodgood childhood memories and lovely teachers making the day . And the photo of donkeyriding also brings back memories.Brother and I used to go out and catch wild donkeys to ride on them and for the thrill of it.When it comes to swimming-I think we stayed more often in the pool than on land:-)It was a priveledged childhood,for sure.
Got to our page googling for an old friend from Iraq. Was in Iraq as a kid from '74-'81. Some shared experiences. Nice collage. I lived in Bahrain, India, and US. Presently shuttling between NYC and London.
Hi, I found this website randomly.
this is Inas from Iraq and I was so happy to see all these old Iraqi photos which u the best.
I stayed in Grosvenor Place in 2001/2 came across this sight in a google search for UMIST.
I really admired how you guys traveled all the world. I wish i could do so. I wish you keep on traveling as much as possible and enjoy the beauties of the world :)
Ismet from Cyprus
I doubt you remember me from the Bedford days but I hooked up with Keith Hargreves at a reunion (30 yrs this year!) and he suggested that I look up your blog. Brilliant, thoroughly enjoyed it, it's great that you were taking photos back then as very little of the mayhem was actually recorded! cheers Don Henderson
I lived in Iraq from 1960 till 1971 and spent much of my time in the alwiyah club, I also lived in Riyadh from 1971 till 1976 did the bike thing and most of the other stuff. How come we never met?
My name is Pete Keogh and it was fun looking at your family photos they look just like ours of the same era.
Came upon your site while trying to find my Ambler family history. Ambler from Illinois
What a wonderful and colourful life you have led, please keep up the good work on your website.
I liked your photos specially photos which taken in Iraq in decade 70 Th
zaynal from kirkuk city in Iraq
Wonderful pictures of Iraq, I once climbed to the top of the Samarra ziggurat. I was in Iraq from 1966 till the end of 1968. The British Club was in a small house with a tiny pool about a mile from the present club. Iraq was prosperous, the number of expats growing, so it was decided to acquire larger premises with a huge pool. The property needed a lot of work and memeber joined in for weeks to keep costs down. I remeber painting the pool. The leaders of the project included Bob Murison of Grey Macs, Terry Buckley of Thomas Cook and Dennis Duckworth of NCR. We had a grand opening, one of those Friday curries, lots of beer and the next week the six day war began. With the exception of UN staff and a few single men we fled in a convoy to Tehran for sanctuary. Most never went back. I did for a while but the atmosphere had become hostile to the British and when I finally left in 1969 the club was almost deserted, struggling to survive. Yours are the first pictures I have seen to show the club revived and thriving. It means all our hard work was worthwhile. Peter Martin
Thank you for your photos of Baghdad they were very happy times
You are such a wonderful family with lots of travelling and wonderful memories , if you come to Egypt contact me , I would be so happy to meet you and show you a few things about Egypt and nice places too . this is my e=mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Russian series of pictures are beatiful. Thanks also for the insight about the country from your short stay. I was surprised at your appraisal especially after reading about the country from the western press, I got this mental picture of a decaying and resurgent dictatorship in the making with Putin coming back.... email@example.com
I am just fascinated by your life in general... Come to Bosnia, I see that you
have been in Serbia and Croatia, so Bosnia would be a great place to visit... I
would be more than happy to recommend you my country, there are a lot of things
to do, we have mountains with excellent ski tracks ... great rivers for
rafting... really a lot of fun stuff... Milosh - Bosnia and Harzegovina
I've just been reading about your time in Baghdad in the seventies. It brought
back so many memories of our own time tere with the British Council in the 80s.
We too decided to take the long scenic route overland back to the UK. I've just
been organising and typing up my notes from the time and appreciated seeing this
glimpse into a bygone age. Thanks for sharing! Joe Docherty Chichester
You probably don’t know me and I don’t think know you, although the last name does seem to stir some dust (too much time spent in desert countries) in my brain. Unfortunately my past is currently packed up in boxes in and stored in southern Italy.
But I do want to thank you for the pictures from Baghdad and Iraq. Total time capsule. I was there in 1976 in 6th grade for just one very memorable year. We travelled both north to Kurdistan and south to the swamps where Tigris and Eufratis meet and I still have the beauty of Iraq fresh in my mind. My younger sister Brigitte was there too in 5th grade and my older brother Karl in 9th. Likewise we were in Saudi from 1973-75 and again from 77-79.
Good to see that there are other expat kids who got bitten by the travel bug and a desert rat. Thank you again for the trip down memory lane while having my lazy Friday morning coffee.
Eid Mubarak and kind regards,
You have a lovely family.
Just starting to apply for a job there but I'm not bringing my family. Im still considering a lot if I'm gonna push through.
We didn't cross too much, probably because I was a day boy, but there are some great pics here and I was definitely at the G & D on that last day and remember it all with great fondness. Maybe that's a sign that I'm getting old.......
Tim Wheatley 1976 - 1981 (though I'm not sure how I lasted that long)
Hi I'm was looking at the British Club in Iraq my grandfather worked there as the manager, I don't know if you remember him his name was Avisha Warda, if anybody knows him, could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, this would be the best surprise for him, thanks for taking the time to read this.
we, an east-german family, have been in Iraq from 1974 to 1977. Verry interesting to see this places.
Sorry, but between your pictures we found en error. Golden Mosque Karbala is wrong, the right city is samarra, were this mosque stay. In 2006 was destroyed by insurgents.
See, if you want, our website:
Greetings from Leipzig
The diving board at the british club looks smaller than i remember. I was there in 1977/78. They use to put big blocks of ice in the pool in the summer!
I remember a popular soft drink that was puple and made of grapes and having to take salt tablets!!!!
Expat life for kids was good fun. We lived in lagos nigeria before that.
Today I visit the site and it was delighted to know about the hanging garden of Babylon. I am writing a book about urban agriculture and very much interested to get first-hand information on Hanging garden, which was then great work of Urban Agriculture. Would you mind giving me further information please. Your work is great!
Thanking you...Looking forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Thilak T. Ranasinghe
Sri Lanka - E-Mail:- email@example.com
14th June, 2011
I just found a picture of my sister (Karen Davies) in your Bedford school blog. OMG, we were so young...I sent her a link and I am sure she'll post.
My recollection is of sitting in your study (a privilege since I was 1 or 2 years below) and being educated on AC/DC and Black Sabbath.
Cheers, Mark (Davies - 79-83)
Your blog is amazing! I found it will googling information about "compound living in Jeddah" and ironically you lived at the compound we will be living in. Thank you for sharing your and your beautiful families lives. You are true blessed to travel the world with such an open mind and heart to the cultures of the lands you visited.
Great blogsite... Loved all the pictures! I can only wish my life would be as interesting as yours. To be able to do all of that while raising kids is quite incredible. I am originally from Pakistan, and now live in the US, stuck in the corporate rat race :(
PS: You must add Pakistan to your travel list. It gets a lot of negative press, but underneath it all, it has friendly people and amazing places. The mountains in Pakistan are by far the best in the world.
More than interesting down to earth and water of what one family can experience in part of their lifetime. I have been living, working and travelling for 40 yrs, having visited 40 countries and worked in 12 (so my eldest son says). Loved reading your real life adventure, thanks for sharing. Alan
Thank you for sharing your memories with us. Your website is amazing, informative, captivating and inspiring. All the best.
Bassem, 24 May 2011.
Hello there Richard,
Found your blog site extremely amazing, Stunning with very sensible infos. I would like to share this to my friends and you absolutely inspired me to travel different places in the world, explore their wonders and portray rich culture of many people's ways of living. an epic of a man, who lives and to showcase every walks of life.. Ciao! and more power. God Bless to you and you Family!
Hi Richard, as with most who commented I also came across your website by chance searching for compound options in Jeddah. I found your pictures captivating and was drawn into your website - what an amazing window into your life! I was amazed that your pictures dated back so far even to when you were a child - very impressive. I also noted your successful career and well done on climbing the corporate ladder and also traveling the world (many times combining business trips with pleasure - good on you mate!). We have been living in Dubai since 2004 and experienced the boom & bust which you so accurately described first hand (I also still believe in this place and it did get a bad rap in the international press). We will most likely move to Jeddah next and having read your commentary gave me a much better insight into what it may be like (if we go we will certainly travel in Saudi, something I didn't think was possible). Thank you for publishing your treasured memories on the web so others can share and enjoy - it was interesting and engrossing experience for me (so much so that I am writing a rather lengthy comment which is not something I usually do). And judging by the number of comments - I am not alone. Good luck with your future and all the best to your family. Best regards, Heinrich
Hello...My name is Firas, and I am a high schooler in New Jersey. I just wanted to tell you how much I love this little blog/website! I seem to have had the same fate of others, I found this while searching for some other pictures, namely ones of the Al Hamra compound in Riyadh. I lived there from the ages of 2-6 years, as my dad was assigned a job at Lucent Technologies in Saudi and seeing your photos brings back so many memories I forgot I even had. It brought a tear to my eye seeing your pictures of the wave pool, tennis courts, and compound shops, knowing I had frequented all of those places as a child. It was almost every weekend that my brother and I rented a Pokemon VHS tape from that very video store! That photo of the culdesack - My family and I lived in an identical one to that, and the little covered driveway would have been ours! I'm not sure, but it looks like our houses were also of the same model (or at least a mirror image) - down to the drapes, tables, and stock furniture :) I still remember our house number, 504.
Well anyway, thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. If you have any more of Al-Hamra, I would love to see more photos! If you don't mind, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You have a beautiful family and I cant help but be reminded of my own when I see all your travel adventures (We are big travellers ourselves!)
Wishing all the best,
Firas A. S.
Edward, not sure if you remember me, but I was talking about you with Kelly Murphy and realized we haven't heard or talked to you in forever. Wondering how you're doing... come visit us in LF! miss you,
I love this website , I wish I could be like you and visit all the world , I am from Baghdad , and I liked the photo that you are posting about baghdad , i wish I am older and I lived that golden Era better than now , if you have more pics on Baghdad before please post it
Very nice site!
I loved this website. I wish my family was just as clever to establish a way of communication like this. Eda, Istanbul
Great website, I came across it while trying to research the history of the Moss Side Crescents. Your UMIST pages brought back memories for me, I was at Manchester Uni 1980-83 and lived in both Grosvenor Place and Lingbeck. Later I became good friends with one of the people in your photos -- Steve Wilson. Small world! All the best, Huw Thomas
Hi, it was great seeing these pictures and reading your thoughts and comments. My family stayed in Baghdad in 72-74 and my sister and I attended ICC. Most of our social life was spent at the Alwyiah club as were are Swedes. Best regards Karin Friis
i was surprised when i saw the pictures in iraq, actually i was searching for pictures about baghdad in google and i found your page, well im from iraq baghdad. baghdad was much nicer before now its so sad place. now im student in sheffield uni but my parents still living in iraq and i go there frequently, if you have any pictures about iraq could you pls send them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you dont mind or put them in your page that would be great thanks
I found your site searching for pictures about the Hanging Gardens, inspired by listening to a Thievery corporation song Assault on Babylon and some Wikipedia :) Nice pictures, as the previous visitor I also admire your capacity to travel so much together with family must have been nice. Its inspiring that you scanned all the old pictures as well building a year to year collection, I might as well do that some time. Wish your family a lot of happiness.
"Sub" Szabolcs from Australia/Sydney
originally from Hungary/Siofok
your photos are very nice. You are lucky people because u had and have still so much opportunity to travel.
Maria from slovakia
Hi and Salam (Islamic greeting)i really like your photographs and there vast collection really impressed me. In November and December 2009 i was in Saudi Arabia. i traveled amongst cities which include Jeddah, Mecca and Madinnah .Cities with M are really very beautiful and now Jeddah is really very changed. I hope if you visit Saudia again You must visit Mecca and Madinnah. another impotent attraction to visit Mecca is that it lies in the center of the world this means from mecca if you travel to south or north pole distance is equal in mecca you must also visit Al Masjid Al Haram city of Mecca itself very close to Jeddah
well that is fear enough
thanks for sharing your pics
this is Farooq Mian from Pakistan and email address is email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, I lived in Dubai for 13 years - we're now back in New Zealand. I was Googling for the name of the Souk at the marina and found your site. You take GREAT photos. Thanks a lot for letting me peek.
Just wanted to say how much I loved your website. I cant believe anyone has been to so many places. I came across this by chance, as I am off to do some backpacking for 4 months around SE Asia and Australia and was researching Palawan in the Phillipines, hence you came up in a google search.
Your photography is outstanding and really captures the moment.
All the best
Beautiful china pictures.
Hello Richard, your photos are all so beautiful and captures details in 'microns' (!) You must be an excellent photographer. I was in Jeddah in 1995 and your photos did manage to bring back some old memories.
Hi my name is Ehtesham Ahmed (from Kent in UK)and i came across your webite while trying, without any luck i must say, to look for details on a particular compound in Riyadh!
What a beautiful family you have and what spectacular photography...you certainly have an eye for detail. Your website is a 'book' in itself!
I agree with the comments made by the Labanese person on 09/08/10 regarding the beautiful side of the Arab world.
My family and I will be moving to Saudi (so will be Expats for the 1st time)by end of Dec/Jan 2011 and are looking forward to a new start although we are a tad nervous too!
Anyhow i wish you and your beautiful family all the best...and keep up the brilliant work!!
Hi, I'm Ralph Michael Ambler from the English Lake District. My father was also Ralph and came from the Halifax/Brighouse area of Yorkshire. His mother's brother, his uncle, was Percy Shaw, the inventor of the 'cats-eye' which was placed down the centre of the highway to keep motorists on track. I can be found on facebook under Mike Ambler, my current photo is of Zippy because that's what my workpals call me.
You know what, I came by your website by chance while looking up compounds in Jeddah, and instead of going back to work, i got drawn into your pictures and beautiful family life. I am of Lebanese origins but lived in UK since a child and grew up there for the last 20 years, i got married recently and moving to Jeddah, your pictures were so helpful.
On another note, i want to say what a beautiful representation you have of a well bonded close knit family, which unfortunately Europe in general and UK in particular has lost thus causing such huge social breakdowns for your guys. I am also glad that you have seen the beautiful side of the Arab and Muslim world, unlike what the media likes to portray.
Wish you all the best and God bless.
Keep up the beautiful photos and info
I don't know you or your family but your life in pictures and stories are so beautiful and amazing. Ran across it while looking for images of the Mediterranean and couldn't stop reading. What an exciting life you have had. What a great family. You are blessed.
Tami Fudge Medford, Oregon
Hello! I do not why, but, today I came to remember you have your homepage and found this.
So many beautiful pictures.
Ichiko Maeda, Osaka
Hi! I just came across your website through google search of villa images in Riyadh and I find it really nice. I'm thinking of creating one :-) .
I just thought of dropping by to express my appreciation to your website and your family :-)
take care and God Bless you all.
Hello there! My name is eric,a filipino. I saw your pictures in palawan
and the rest. I must say that you and your family are quite exeptional...
really wonderful! Those moments are treasures.. I saw in your pictures how
your cute little childrens grew and so you and your lovely wife. I have a
great time viewing your blogs and the way you capture those pictures really
amazing, you keep on improving... i really envy you hahahaha. i hope to see
more of your nice shots and stories... God Bless..
Hi Richard. Wow what an amazing story. Spent 2 hours (not enough) skimming through. Beautiful photos and plenty of tips. Don't stop. I loved seeing Edward and Verity growing up. Claire, you lucky lady. you still look as young as ever.
Beautiful pictures. I am a young expat currently living in South Korea. Currently pursuing work in Middle East. My top 3 are Egypt, UAE, or Qatar. Anyway, love the pics and I hope to one day travel the world with my family also. Have a great day and God Bless!
was brousing the net for finding priv ate beaches in jeddah and found ur site, g8 pix and g8 life experience to share. keep it up
woww how fortunate you are and you're family to be able to tour around the world..
i worked in palawan philippines before then abha ksa and now currently in khamis mushayt ksa..
I was in Baghdad from on and off late 1974 to 1977, went to the ICC and remember the fun that was had at the British Club. Your photos certainly brought back all the very fond memories and good times that we had.
I always enjoyed the pancakes you could get out of the kitchen at the British Club.
Hello to you and your family from San Diego, California USA!
Just happened across your wonderful website tonight and have thoroughly enjoyed the "ride"!! Great photos and narration. Your adventures would make a nice travel book. Especially interesting...your Iraq travels. My son recently returned from two tours in Iraq with the US Army...1st Baghdad and then Kirkuk. He loved the culture and most of the people were genuinely nice. Most Americans are not aware of Iraq's amazing history and culture.
Thank you for sharing all your adventures...I look forward to more!
P.S....My parents recently visited Dubai and now I have a better idea of that country as well!
~Sylvia from San Diego
Hi Richard, Clair, Edward + Verity! How's things? Hope everything's okay in Dubai?! See you soon! Lots of love Catherine, Dougie, Ben, Eleanor and Rosie xxxxx
I am from Sri Lanka and i just happened to search for Taif in Saudi Arabia and found this site. This is simply amazing and i really enjoyed almost every page of your site and thank you very much for sharing your life experience.
And i also wish to invite you to come to our country. It is a very beautiful island and loads of tourism sites for you.
Wish you all the best to continue your good work.
I really enjoyed viewing your site, im ethel from Palawan, Philippines i saw some pics of yours way back when your here. i really appreciated hows life u experience living in my hometown.
I m living in riyadh and enjoyed the picture
your site is very nice
great site. We are in abu dhabi and now I feel like a slug after seeing all the things you have done over the years. Good work. Keep it up.
Hi there! I homeschool my two girls and for history this school year we're studying the ancients; so with that I typed in "the hanging gardens" in google and stumbled across your website. What a treat it has been to journey through the middle east and other parts of the world through your photographs. Simply fantastic and inspirational! I must say, that for me, this beats The National Geographic :) Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and blessings to you and your family on your next adventures!
Great site. Please keep it going.
Well Richard I was Googling The British Club in Baghdad as
I lived in the club from 79 thru 83 and came across yr site.. Super travels
super site well done, Chris Passman
yazz back then and now
I wanted to read about family life in Saudi as I move my family to join my husband in the next few months to the Sierra compound - this is how I came to your website and I was hooked - it is the most fantastic account of a wonderful family life and travels - I have found myself reading every word and commend you for a wonderful site - I would be proud to part of your family to see this and keep in touch - It's excellent and I wish you all well. Claire Thomas Worcester, England.
Discovered your website looking for a direct ancestor Mary Jackson and Jonathan Parkin. You even have my grandmother Hilda Parkin born 1902 and died 1971. Would love to get in touch with you, so will email off the list.
John Rowley in Loughborough, Leics
As somebody working around the world I couldn't be happier to find such a endeavorous family. Its so good to have a family that follows us and supports us. I never found myself somebody that would joined me in my galavanting across the Globe. You are truly blessed. I came across this site while browsing for some places to visit in Oman. It was really helpful, thanks. Best for you and your family.
Your neighbour in Saudi Arabia (and in Vietnam after April), Noiseformind. Portugal (email@example.com)
I have spent my day off googling living in Sierra compound Jeddah, as my husband has a job to start in March. So to my surprise and totally by accident I stumbled on your website. I have spent the whole afternoon absorbing " your Life". It has been a real inspiration and has put some of my fears of the unknown to ease. We are the opposite to you we live in Tintwistle, Derbyshire and we have brought a family of six children up in the place we were born and grew up in. When this job opportunity arose, although quite exciting it is scary too, we both have good jobs nice cars and a lovely country cottage.....Its a big step. The passports are in the post and the first trip planned for 2nd Feb. Can I just say thank you for sharing your life experience in such a well thought out and visual log, when you were putting it together you would not have known the impact it would have. :-)
i am from jeddah
you have a good picher
I was actually googling Bedford School swimming pool times and came across your site!!! What an amazing tribute to your family. Even though I don't know you, I was fascinated!!! Couldn't wait to see who you finally married out of all those pretty girls!!! Coming from Bedford myself, it was really interesting to see the School as it was, and the George & Dragon...!!!
Congratulations on creating this amazing family treasure - it's brilliant!
Fabulous - Rick you are as good a photographer as you always were - absolutely amazing photos and wonderful to look back at the Bedford days.
Karen Salt (was Davies)
Like the previous commentator, I stumbled on your site while looking for info on living in Riyadh! You have some amazing pics, thanks for sharing!
Just stumbled back into your website while doing some digging on Dubai...interesting, sane comments. Thank you. And, elsewhere on your site, your photos are fab!
My address is firstname.lastname@example.org - would like to communicate with you.
Signing in again. Was Chairman of the BC after you guys left. Loved to see the photo's. Would like to see more. Alvisha was the manager, I was Chairman when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
Anyway, lovely photo's, memories.
Greatfamily! God bless you guys and thx for sharing these great pictures!
Gigi from Orlando,FL.
AMZING!!!! it sent shivers down my spine!..one day IRAQ will shine back to the top.. FAISAL NewZealand
i really enjoyed looking into this album at the same time i feel very disappointed to what happened to my country after 35 years of these photos date, I even can't believe that my country was nice and safe when I see these pictures or I hear from my parents,I had a wonderful time looking into these pictures, i hope if you have more to put it on this site.
thank you very much
Hello there, I was very delighted to see the British Club photos of 1974; the Club is still there and I am a member of it.
it is always a pleasure to meet a pioneer.
you can contact me for recent photos of the club on AhmedJanabi.Iraq@gmail.com
Amazing! I'm Kurdish from Iraq and you have truly insipired me to rediscover my country! Thank you!
I greatly enjoyed reading your account of life in Baghdad in 1970s. I worked in Baghdad from 1981 to the end of 1983 and enjoyed the events in the British Club and Alwiyah Club. It's always the case when overseas that social life is better than when back in the UK, as we all tend to make that much more of an effort. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.
You seem to have wonderful memories of a precious time - many people would never believe what a great place Baghdad was for us expats!
Thanks again for your website.
Hi, just stumbled upon your page. I’m an architectural intern and was actually looking for a reference to the Madinat to show an interior designer sat next to the faux souk, but once I had done that I scrolled down. Your page has brought a smile to face on a dark winters night, in the office here just off regent street in London. As I look at some of the expressions on your children’s faces on your recent excursions and recognize me and my sister, and I think it wasn’t that long ago that my father lived in Dubai whilst I went to school in England and when he got the chance he would take (drag) us all over Scotland, Northumberland, southern England and so on and so on. I don’t think I appreciated it much at the time but now I realize after his death two years ago how many places I have been too, the cultures I experienced through visiting him as he worked all over the world and how much balance and depth it has brought to my character as a result. Places and experiences that are hard to come by for your average adolescent. The first time I visited Dubai was when I was about 12, we had moved from Jeddah in Saudi and I thought it was a great step forward. With each returning visit I watched the city grow, I’m 24 now and wrote my architectural dissertation on the urbanization of Dubai. I only write so much as I can see similarities in the lifestyle and philosophy you display here to the one my father had for me and my sister and my two older brothers - that incidentally now both live in Dubai, as well as bit of warm hearted procrastination.
Hi Richard, Just surfing the web and found your site--very nice! I love the photographs and the history of your family's growth and adventures. Thanks for all the work you've put into it.
It's not as grand as yours, but my photographic blog is thermopoliswyoming.blogspot.com
I loved having a look at your wonderful website and photographs. I lived in Northumberland for a few years and might end up living in he Middle East one day because of this site!
Please keep the photos coming!
great website from the Ambler's in Saltaire, Bradford, West Yorkshire, Uk :)
Great pics of Oman Richard! FYI probably visiting the region 1st half of 2010 so see you then!
Hi Richard. I found your site really inspiring.....I worked in Oman for 8 yrs then left to England for an MBA and just arrived in UAE to look for possible opportunties. Was checking articles on Jeddah when I came across your site.....thanks for sharing it..... Ala(email@example.com)
Hi Richard and Clair
I always enjoy having a little browse through your web site to keep updated on your life. Best wishes in your new house. I hope you are all very happy. Maybe we will make it out to visit you in Dubai.
the pictures were great!!
Hi....i found ur site as i was brousing bout relocating to Jeddah.... so would luv it to hear how u experienced it. if u do have the time, drop me a note to firstname.lastname@example.org....i been living in Dubai for last 8yrs and just got an offer to go to Jeddah as a spa manager.....
you are the best
Hi just fab to see the brit club again spent many a happy day in 82 as a young man
All i can say is wow! Surely, you have collected a lot pictures and information on many places in the world. I myself am working as an consultant for 2-3 years but i must say, the way you have kept all the things and the time span is really excellent.
Stunning photography, each page has that magic balance of easy look "snaps", yet the content and framing is well done.
I have a saying that experts make things look so simple. Well done. Bruce, 12 years expat in Zambia, Brussels, London, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, New York, LA, Zurich but now 7 years back in Sydney
wow! i came upon this by chance, and just kept reading!! fascinating. i will finish it tomorrow night. what an interesting life you have lived so far. best wishes.
I think I'm in the wrong business.lol. What is your line of work? There are no words to describe the inspiration and motivation that your pictures have given me. Thanks for being such a great model. Regards, Charles (PR).
Its a v nice websight....
Its v. urgent pls check your linkedin mail
and call me or send your contact details
From your pictures i can see the world change. I am so amaze to Saudi picture as i spend my childhood in Saudia .
Thankx for sharing the free world that we didn't see from our own eyes.
What a great website you have! Our son and family are moving to Riyadh next month. Actually, our son is there but the family will be arriving after the their papers arrive. Sound familiar? Your pictures are fantastic and we feel like we will get quite a history lesson just following your entries. Thank you so much!
I was searching for babylon hanging gardens on google, and found a link of ur site. Well, I m impressed. The photos are amazing, and describing something new.
Keep enjoying the beautiful life
Thank you for sharing your brilliant and inspiring life so far!!
Found a page whilst preparing for a new job in Riyadh and have just read every single page. Wonderful photos.
Good luck with everything!
Best wishes from Laurie Callow (near Marlow)
WOW! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. My 6th grade son is doing a project on Ancient Mesopotamia and came across your website. These collection of photographs were simply amazing. MARAMING SALAMAT PO! Rachel (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
As usual, seems like you're having a ball of a summer. Miguel(San Diego, CA)
The snails rock. Sincerely, great photos. Since 2006, I've been visiting your site a few times a year to see where you've been - and I haven't. LOL Sad really. - Noli (Toronto, Canada)
My name is Przemek Siuda. In 1974-75 I attended the ICC in Baghdad where I met Richard. I am actually on some of your pictures in this gallery! If you think it is worth getting in touch again - drop me an email on email@example.com
If you think it does not make sense after such a long time - I will understand...
Beautiful photos and family, thanks for sharing!
I am plannig to apply for a teaching position in Dubai and I was hoping that you could give me some advice. Where are the best teaching jobs in Dubai and where should I live in Dubai?
Lumberton, North Carolina, USA
What a beautiful collection of photographs! I am an american planning to visit Dubai soon and I am now convinced that I must live for before I die.
North Carolina, USA
I have been to Rafols in Puerto Princesa in 1983
I remenber that there were no customers at that time only one British family....
hi... its great web sit really... will done...but the most thing i like that you are a great family.i will keep folowing you in this great web sit just keep going and good luck
Wow is all I can say. I was very fortunate to come across this site. This gives me a good idea to compile my life too... Thanks for sharing. You are indeed a very well travelled person (and this is coming from a fairly well travelled individual). I will continue to follow. Keep up the good work :)
Wow! Check out my perm!! Hi Rick. Good to have a virtual catch up with you : )
Great family,I seriously recommend you guys visit Mongolia.Before the summer ends.Cheers.If u have any questions mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
interesting web site from the other Richard Ambler on the north east coast of England
Thank you for your great pictures. I grew up in Riyadh as well as Abha from 1972-82. I remember driving to the petrified forest as a child. Those years continue to be the best years of my life, and one day your children will thank you for the privileged life that you provided.
I kept link to your family website and checked your wonderful photographs time to time and admired your artistic talent. Sounds like you have settled in Dubai and your son is looking more like you now. I now moved to Singapore with Abbott. I love it here very much!! Let me know when you are in this area.
What a marvelous life you lead! I have come across this site because like you, my family and I have been fortunate enough to travel around the world and continue to do so.
We now may have the opportunity to explore the Middle East and your photos and information has inspired and will hopefully prove to help us with the transition. Thank you!
Great to re-visit Baghdad through your photos....as we were posted there between 1972-1973...although you were probably able to travel more than our 25 mile radius restriction zone :)
The Rankin Clan
take me with you..john from sacramento,ca
Well done. I have extended my geographic knowledge after viewing your latest vacation adventure. Miguel from San Diego, CA USA
What an enriching and beautiful life you've experienced so far. You've seen so much of the world! Lovely.
Rhianna from San Antonio, TX
I was really amazed by looking at your pictures. I really envy you cause you really have interesting life. This kind of life is worth living - having a job, and at the same time seeing places, experiencing cultures. I come come from a country which was closed for a long time, so not many people travel like you, guys. I've been to a few places but that's nothing comparing to where you've been at.
Now I'm considering of moving to Middle East (Saudi/Oman) and I would be awesome if I could ask you for some info when I need it.
All the best,
Your family is an inspiration to me. I am a recent expatriate myself and I hope that, when I have a family, we will have half of the travel adventures as you have. Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful pictures.
Jessica Perlaza - South Korea
I can't believe all of these places you've gone to. Those pictures look incredible and very envy inducing. Are you guys like a family of vagrant nomads or something?
Wonderful family, God bless you
Hello Ambler family,
just thought I would say what a nice record of your life and travels you have here.
I have been looking for info and tips on the Al Hamra compound in Riyadh as we are moving there to teach in the British International School at the end of August.
Your record has helped give us a better idea of what to expect and it doesnt look too bad at all so far.
Pete and Lorraine Thompson, Kuwait.
good good very good, the nice picture.
The Nepal pictures look good. You should have taken a Singh Ray Gold/Blue Polarizer along to take care of the cloudy weather :) Google it, you will like it.
Besides the normal holidays variety, some of the compositions are amazing though, I didn't know you had become so good. What camera are you using?
Beautiful family, pictures, and experiences. I hope to experience as much as you have in my lifetime. Thanks for sharing! Patrick Ambler (Hawai'i).
Hi to all of you! I came to your site by accident and have been visiting it regularily since! We are a binational family and also "global nomads" and it is interesting to see how similar and yet so different our lives are. We don't know what longterm effect our moves will eventually have on our "third culture kids", but wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
All the best!
Great site and thanks for the trip down memory lane!
Martin Falcongreen (in OZ) passed on the Bedford School Ambler family section and you have done a great job Richard.
All the best
Josh Galvin (Cape Town )
This is a great website to explore. The pictures are excellent. You just gave me an IDEA. Mpho Mokobi, South Africa.
Fantastic site...thrilling to see all pictures. Great of its kind..
its fantastic,seeing you from the young age until having own family and the birth of the kids and seeing them growing from the picrures is really admirable.Good luck and hope to see more pictures till having the grand children.
I like to do same
PS Your parents were not 'barking mad',they were brilliant!
Hugh in Baghdad
Evocative, moving words and photographs of Iraq in another age.
Hugh Sykes (sitting in a dimly lit BBC office in Baghdad, the excluded by steel plates covering 2/3rds of the window height in case of mortars, etc)
Gail & I are just recovering from the wonderful evening at the Cumberland. It was fantastic to see you all again, looking so well & prosperous. Great speech Richard, much more fluid than Stan's! We had a lovely nostalgic evening, hope I didn't bore you all with tales of derring- do (it's the drink you know!). We must not leave it so long in the future. Next year Chris & I both reach the same seni0rity, so an opportunity presents itself, Love The Woods
Hi Ambler family,
I came across your site via Linked In and used to work with Clair in ICI days. Your travelogues and journals are fantastic and really bring these exotic places to life. Hope you all have many more memorable travels in the future and continue your exciting life in far off places.
All the best
Ian Watson (email@example.com)
My name is Dick Stam.
I was a friend of Manon Meihuizen
She lived in The Netherlands in a place called Est
After that she moved to the north of The Netherlands and later she moved to Paris France.
I visit her in paris in 1980.
last time I saw her was when she moved to Amsterdam in august 1980.
I hope that you can help me out to have some news about her and I hope she's doing fine.
My emailaddres firstname.lastname@example.org
wow, we can say that you guys have travelled the world.. my dad always wishes to have 'quality family time' and we're getting there slowy but surely. Your site is truely inspiring. I just wanted to let you know that i moved to al hamra compund 4 years ago and it has changed tremendously scince the bombings. We stil have the good ol' fundays and welcome back parties..
Good luck in your futuer life and i hope you continue to travel our interesting 'Earth'.
This is Syed Ahmed from London, Ontario, Canada. I was browsing the wikipedia and found taif photo in Saudi Arabia and when I reached your web site, I got tons of photos where ever you visited. I traveled the world in just 30 minutes of course through your website. Thanks a lot, I appreciate your efforts that displays your hard work and as I assume it is a part of your hobby. My good wishes to you and your family. So keep it up and thanks again.
Hi, fantastic photos of the British Club. was in Baghdad 1980-1984, aged just 5 when i arrived. My father and mother were there Kenneth and Barbara Stewart orig from Aberdeen in Scotland.
I enjoyed watching every details of your photos... I love the way you shoot every perfect angle those pictures! The way you describe each places made me feel the real setting... You're family must be the best family ever!
Hey thanks for sending your fam website link through to me - it was really interesting and it amazes me all that you manage to do with your family. Inspirational for a kiwi who is fully immersed in the american "work yourself to death and be proud of it" culture!
Cheers mate and looking forward to catching up on a call soon.
Great journal. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
S. from Iran
I am Achmad Supardi, the one asking you to publish your picture. you can reach me at email@example.com. Thx
Hi Ambler, I am Achmad Supardi. I have a story about the Old Jeddah, Arab Saudi, and want to publish it in surabaya Post, a daily in Indonesia. Can I use one of your picture about the old Jeddah? I do waiting your response.
WOW!!!! your life seems amazing... everyone wishes they could have a life of travel like yours!!
im from South Africa... thinking of going to work in saudi for abit... so i'm trying to gather info on the living condidtions there, to help me in my decision.... the photos and info on this site was very helpful.. thank you.
Wishing you and your family many more adventures :)
Happen to chance on your web site, some really great photographs and very informative narrations, only half way through at the moment, looking forward to reading the remainder, better do some work now though - well done keep it going
Wow! I truly envy that you have had such a wonderful opportunity in your life to travel and see so much of the world that I wish to see! You are so lucky and even though this is a site made for your family I'd like to thank you for sharing such amazing pictures with us! =)
Greetings from the USA =)
da sind wirklich tolle Bilder von schönen Ferien, sie sind ja jährlich in der ganzen Welt unterwegs, wirklich beeindruckend!
Sehr schön !
Grüße aus Langenhagen - Deutschland
You might not remember me but when you were living in Japan, it's Tom. Anyway, I though I wonder how hes doing so I went on the website and saw all these things, and laughed when I saw you because you and me both have changed. Just though I'd say hi. Oh, if you wanted to email me, if you wanted its... don't laugh (made when I was 10) tom_da_bomb94hotmail.com. I know I need a new email adress. If you ever stop by in Adelaide come in for a cuppa. :-)
Beautiful theme to look back at your past. pictures are full of life. Seams like a true online journal.
Stumbled upon your site and was amazed by the photography. A stunning record of your experiences and a lovely family. We have too been around the world having lived in Lagos,Tokyo for 14 years and now Umbria in Italy. Our travels are still continuing but we have no record like yours to look at...just memories and a stack of photographs in tea boxes! Best wishes for your continued travels and photos of your world. Regards Sally Millington also to be found at www.mazzaforte.com
I couldnt imagine that one man can have such a rich and active life.
You did a great job documenting it. It must be a treasure for your family and an inspiration for all the people!!
I really feel so small when comparing my life to yours. I am inspired and determined to improve.
Wish you all the best for you and your family.
Hey! Its more like an E-diary!! Stumbled across while searching for pics of Compounds in Riyadh! Really liked the idea!
I am tariq from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
I saw your photo , ..nice..but why all from the desert ?!
I wish you enjoid
Very nice site. I enjoy your webcam the most. Beautiful scenery! Keep up the great work.
Hello, my name is Jastin, I like yours guest book, can get acquainted and with mine
This is truly amazing what you have done to this site, two things made me really interested to read more. One of which is that I’m in my third year of same major as you had in the University and the other “really cracked” me while I was doing my assignment that I had sort of similar experience when I wanted my driving license from Saudi before moving to the States by “ba’ad bukera” bureaucracy. Oh my God, you are the man!!!
Hello, my name is Jessica, I like yours blog, gut photo, i with pleasure shall support a theme.
Hello, my name is Petro, I like yours guest book, can get acquainted and with mine
The photos here are amazing, I've never seen nature so pure, great pics! I dream to travel to such illustrious places there's a lot of varitey in your photos!
ahh.!!..I envy you..I think, you are the luckiest person in the entire world..I'm from Cebu City, Philippines originally..but I haven't been to Palawan yet..and especially, living in Iraq..oh my god..i wish i was there too...
You have travelled alot, and an excellent website with perfect picture memoirs.
Working and living in Amman, Jordan
Thanks for the informative narrative of your holiday. I felt like I've been to Nepal with you guys. I enjoyed visiting your site. I had it bookmarked and perused it quite often. Thank you again for unselfishly sharing it. Email Mike: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the bottom of my heart, the sweetest thing I could say now is thank you so much for sharing your site to us. Wow!!! With your site I toured around the world. So beautiful...love it.
Email addy: email@example.com
someone need tell you, you have an eye for photography. was just looking at the saudi arabia pictures, very nicely taken. though hamra isnt as crowded now as it once was.
helo every one i am leaving this comments here for any one that lived 70s and 80s in british club in baghdad. my father worked there as manager of the club name (awisha youash warda) if any one remembers please E-mail me somthing E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and my name is billy warda thank you god bless you all...
could you please bring me to these places just email me to email@example.com if you want me to bring to these places thanks....
Christ on a bike Ric, I just fell off my chair looking through the pre 81 school days photos.
I stumbled on the link via the friends reunited "be my friend invite" thing and what a good thing i did.
AWESOME ( obviously you have no social life anymore so need to fill your time somehow) !
I ll email you ,..
(dick knight )
i absolutely loved your site,
hope you have enjoyed Egypt (my country) and Jeddah where i will be re located shortly
say hi to little adorable edwards
I accidentally stumbled on to your website and it has had me mezmorized for 3 days! I have always wanted to travel, but have never had the opportunity to go much outside the U.S. and Caribbean. Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your life, your experiences, your pictures, and mostly, your family with me. I feel I have traveled to places I could only have dreamed of...and all through your eyes. What a wonderful experience! I have your page bookmarked and will come back regularly for updates. My best to you and your family in all of your future experiences. Thank you again!
Amy Jo McCord, El Paso,TX (USA)
Are you decendants of The Wistar Ambler family of New York? I believe Tom Newsome's daughter married Mr. Wistar Ambler of New York prior to 1955. Mrs Wistar Ambler was listed in Tom's obit as a surviving Daughter. Mr. Tom Newsome is burried in the Pecan Grove cemetary in Mckinney Texas in the Newsom family plot. Mr. Tom Newsome had lived in Oakland, California prior to his death. Tom Newsome was the son of William butler Newsome, I believe, who came to Mckinney in 1875 or there abouts. I am trying to locate that side of the Newsome family. Any idea?
Are you the family of Wistar Ambler of N.Y? I believe the daughter of Tom Newsome of Oakland California married Mr. Wistar Ambler. Tom Newsome is burried in the Pecan Grove Cemetary in Mckinney, Tx. in the family plot along with William B. Newsom and Issac Newsom. They were the Newsom's from the Mississippi group who settled Lawrence. Co. Ms. William B Newsom's Father was John B. Newsom of Lawrence. Co. Ms. and his House is on the National Historical list and is opened once a year to the public. Curious about what happend after William B. went to Texas in 1875 and what his side of the family is all about. Thanks, firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been following your adventure and I tell you, you really have quite a ride so far. Your photos are well informative and are beautiful. Keep on tracking!! Miguel of San Diego.
Richard, glad to see your family is doing well. I heard you were back in the Middle East and happy for you - especially the tax free living! As usual, spectacular pictures and a narrative to match.
I have so enjoyed your website tonight. What a blessed life you and your family have lived. You have really taken advantage of every opportunity that has come your way. I appreciate all your beautiful photos and stories. Thanks for sharing this with everyone.
Stumbled on your site... It's a great read. Thanks for posting!
just returnd from 2 weeks there and i loved it really enjoy the site thanks
I love looking at all the old photo's, it brings back loads of happy memories. You are an amazing photographer!
Happy Father's Day! I love you lots and lots.
hey! i enjoyed looking at your pics.. especially the old ones.. made me appreciate everything... and thanx for dropping by the philippines [a loooooooong time ago]. even though i wasnt yet born that year..lol... take care and i wish you more adventures to come.
What an interesting family and web site! Enjoyed your photos very much. Hope you are enjoying Dubai!
Kimberly L. Price
(a former expat now happily settled in Hampton Cove, Alabama)
Where's the new photo's from Dubai?
Looking forward to more great photo's - until we get out to see you that is!!!
bw, Mark, Jan and Jess
nice website that expresses all moments of life of a loving family.
I read an article about your trip in Saudi Arabia. And I respect everything you said and I hope to return to visit again. You will be surprised because everything is changing rapidly in our country. Unfortunately languages are not good enough.
Saad best tribute
this is a great site, the pictures are fantastic, and your travels seem fun!
Hey I am related to you. That is awsome!
My name is Juliette Ambler My dad is John ambler is brothers are Staurt and Price Ambler and their dad is Owen Atwood Ambler!
I came across your page while doing a search for 'Al-hamra'. I really enjoyed looking at your pictures of your travels. Its really great that you've got out and taken the time out to explore these wonderful years. I've been living in Chicago for 13 years and have yet to still see the sears tower from inside.....you have inspired me! thanks
WOW- I love your site! It is amazing! I think I spent 2 hours getting sucked in to all of your stories and pictures. I found it while googling Jeddah, SA. My boyfriend was born there and I will probably live there at some point!
Traveling is my passion like your family as well. I am going on a Mediterranean cruise ( like your honeymoon ) in June and have been pretty much all over Europe! Which is alot for a 28 year old American girl! Every penny I save, I spend on
Traveling :) My next dream trip is Egypt! I would love to go but keep backing out due to the long 18 hour flight for a one week vacation! Any advice on living in Jeddah? I have spoken to few people but anything will be helpful! thank you! email@example.com
You may think of this site not to be useful to others, but I am just in awe after looking at your photographs. I am an avid amateur photographer, and would love to get some tips from you. My email address is pakimannieATyahooDOTcom.
Absolutely wonderful pictorial history. May you remain happy and travelling for as long as you enjoy it! God bless!
WOW! You have a nice family! Also they are lucky you have been able to expose them to the world. This site is amazing to me seeing all the photos. I am sure for you this website is something like a time capsule because as time progresses you can see how everyone gets older. Really its amazing what you have created here. One day you can look back and see a great time line of your life and your family. Amazing! Make sure you never loose this site as it is history of you and your family.
good luck to you!
firstname.lastname@example.org is my email.
I currently live in Japan. Thasts how I found your site, i was planning my own trip.
I was also in Iraq between 1973 -1975 mostly in Basrah, with weekend trips to Kuwait. I was working for BPC and INOC.
Janet and David Lawrence, in Baghdad 1975/76 with Cable & Wireless.
I am british & living on the Gold Coast QLD, Australia. Sometime in the next couple of months I (& my six year old daughter) will be moving to Jeddah to work in a hospital there.
If you had any 'do & dont's' concerning:
1. renting one's house back home.
2. buying a car in Jeddah.
I would be very grateful.
I found your website very informative, and I have already earmarked some of your off-the-beaten-track places to visit myself.
Can I ask what kind of camera you used for the Paris / Versailles shots?
Noli, Toronto, Canada
I think it's just great that your family has got to see so much of the world. You have done and are doing things that I could only dream of...congrads Adam 24,Tampa Florida
Hi my name is carol ,and i am at present living in jeddah. i have a cabin at al nakeel beach. I saw your photo on the intenet and was wondering if you had any more of how al nakeel beach used to look. would love to know more information on it. My e mail is email@example.com thanks
I was moved by the images of Baghdad, It was such a nice and peacfull place.
I thought it was funny when I read that this site would be of no interest to people outside of your family. Actually, I love this site and have it bookmarked so that I can return every once in a while. I live in the United States but studied in London for a semester while taking many trips around Great Britain and Europe. So, many of your pictures bring back lots and lots of memories. Thanks for that! Kyle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Interesting and good
Greetings to the Ambler Family.
I happened to find myself on your website tonight when looking for some details for my sons school project on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. There was a picture of your mother there in 1974. I would just like to congratulate you on a wonderfully charming remeniscent family photo album of such. What a great insight to the lives of ordinary people.
Keep up the good work!
Gorgeous pictures. Very well done.
Has anyone considered doing a before and after of some of the spots you visited in Iraq? It appears to be an amazing country - hate to imagine what has happened to it today.
Hi Richard and Claire
my brother (also Richard Ambler) sent me this link -lovely photos. Also read through the comments from Paul Ambler, Adelaide - I think I may be related to the James Ambler of Bradford mentioned.
Jacqui Ambler, Bradford.
I originally came across this website while surfing the Philippines portion.
Very Impressive life story telling!!
Mike, San Diego, CA USA
Dear Richard and Claire, In the hours and days and time to walk without interruption ..
And keep yesterday .. And the remaining memories are what make us feel happy sometimes, perhaps sad, other times .. But the beauty of some of its past remains firmly in our memory is not erased .. It is distinctive memories that we have experienced in our lives.
How beautiful is your life and I wish you success and lasting success.
Mohammed Al-Sayed, Saudi Arabia-Dhahran
A wonderful web site, you should display your photographs proffessionally they are brilliant! Open a gallery when you decide to settle down.
Catherine, Manchester U.K
To The Amblers;
Wow. You guys have seen so many places. I envy your job, seeing that you get to travel the world. I look forward to seeing more pictures!
Excellent pics!! I stumbled upon ur website... You and your family have travelled many places and seen many things... How lucky :) God Bless
Are you related to James Ambler born abt 1838 Bradford York England Died 21 Nov 1909
Hi - Thanks for sharing your experiences on your site. I wanted to let you know that I have started an ICC (International Children's Centre) site on Facebook. I haven't had a chance to scan my own photos/slides (I was a student there right after you were there.) Eventually I will add photos there. It would be super if you would like to share your images there. I've just changed the name so hopefully it will come up on searches.
It is called:
International Children's Centre (ICC) - Baghdad International School
I will send a direct link to your Email address up top as well.
Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo!. Saludos cordiales para toda la familia y un abrazo para todos.
Dulce Soriano. Cantabria. España.
Hope we find where the family connection is somewhere in the distant past! A pleasure as well as a coincidence to end up being Edward's Classics Teacher, too.
Hello there, it is interesting to read your experience on living in riyadh. I have been offered a lecturing position at the Prince Sultan University. My concern is more of the lifestyle over there. My husband is in HR and doing quite well in Malaysia. We are Malaysians. Due to the discrimination on race and religion in Malaysia, where the advantage is to the Malays, we thought with this offer, it would be a good opportunity to expand our horizon. Please let us know your view on living in riyadh. Your comments and views would be greatly appreciated. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I am from Baghdad, thank you for these lovly pictures of my country, which potratit the city as I remember it livley, lovley and just majestick
It is very sad when most pepole now a days all what they seen of the grat city is war and boms, Baghdad is one of the most beautiful cities and its pepole once used to be friendly open and very georouers, we need more pepole like you to tell the story of Baghdad and its once upon a time pepole.
Nadia N abdulha
Thank you once again for this
Dear Richard and Claire,
It is a real pleasure to visit your website and see your family happiness!!
Richard, please, could you send me your mobile phone number?. I would like to talk to you !
Fran (The Spaniard)
your pictures reminded me of those days in Iraq&I frequented all the placesyou show.I especially remember a memorable St.Andrews & scottish country dancing evening in 1971 at The British Club.Thank you for sharing your memories
Thanks sir this is a big collection of photograph my name malik and i like your picture.sir your picture are very intresting and so lovley. are you travel in india.
sir you have a very big & good collection.
Dear Ambler Family,
I just stumbled across your website and thought I would drop a couple of lines.My husband and I have lived in Riyadh for the last two years and we also have the problem of keeping in touch with the rest of the family and friends being that he is German and I am from California. Your web page is just fantastic. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Jacqueline & Georg
BEAUTIFUL, WOW PHOTOS, THANKS, ENJOYED.
I am making a video about Chicago (my home) and happened to be "googling" pictures and came upon this site. What a beautiful family and wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing them. They all seem very professional.
Hi. I just picked up your site while looking back at my student years spent at Owen's and UMIST 1980-1989 (I was a slow learner). It was great to see pictures of student days and old friends - Tony Dyson, Rick, Alan Dent, Mort, Bambi and the UMIST Heavy Mob. I remember some of those parties and the old cellar disco! Best wishes.
Just came across your site whilst researching "Brocket Babies". I see you stayed at Brocket Hall in 2005. Did you know that during WW2, they turned the house into a maternity hospital - mainly for mothers from London. The children born in these grand surroundings were known as Brocket Babies. Quite a select group. It was converted back to a house after the war. As it happens my father was born there in 1942, whilst his family were living in the grounds of Knebworth House. Very grand all round for a not-very-grand lad!
Hi Amblers, greetings from Kuwait. As usual, great website. Even the comments are breathtaking!
All the best,
The Chapmans (ex of Riyadh, Bahrain and so on)
GREAT! Amazing.... Thank you for sharing these precious photos and travel impressions with us! Thank ALL of you, and may God's blessings be with you from now on too! Emma-Diana Buriu from Romania, East Europe
Hello there, I just stumbled across your website and thought I would drop a couple of lines. We used to live at the Cordoba Compound in Riyadh from '96-'98. It was wonderful and your pictures bring back wonderful memories. Congratulations on your beautiful family. Take care, from San Jose, CA, USA.
I don't even know HOW I found this website, but so glad I did. I am now even more inspired to take my family on an adventure/journey like the many you have been on.
Thanks for sharing...Gorgeous Photos, Gorgeous Family.
Eugene, Oregon USA
Really I am amazed with your site and your traveling .... you inspire me... Tarek
Dear Ambler family,
I stumbled across your website while google searching for the hanging gardens of babylon! I must say your documentation on all your travels is truly inspiring. I am a 23 year old fashion designer living in New York originally from a small town, Dunkeld in Scotland.
You have compelled me to create my own site of similar nature as I can see it becomes a real treasure!! Thanks!!
Hi, traveled the road to Taif once in 1969 - think the Christian Highway was
called the Infidels Highway Jeff Smith Jeddah 69/70
You need to change that picture on the front. Know for sure you would never be able to be naked in Riyadh the way that you are on the front of your page.
Hi Richard - Just stumbled across your website. It brought back many memories - we were 'the other family' in Rafols and on Stan's project!
Hope all is well.
Philippa (and Tom and Dan of course)
Amazing website, I love the overall concept and would like to do the same but get shivers at the thought of writing all the narrative similar to what you have done.
I had fun reading the insightful bits about Saudi Arabia and your initial impressions of the US. I am assuming you must have spent hours scanning all the photos from the film-era.
Keep it up ,,,
We hope to be moving back to Riyadh in the next few months for me to take up a senior job with a major bank. We were last in Riyadh 1993-4 and previously 1986-91 so we expect many changes to the skyline but not, perhaps, to the traditions. Any tips you can give will be most gratefully received.
Thanks for a great site
Peter and Kathy Robinson
nice site & gr8 pictures
M.D.T ,K.S.A - RIYADH :)
Your site is so amazing..... from a Mexican friend.
i came across your site , while I was searching for pics of old jeddah for a project my company is doing there, your life story was so amazing that made me go through couple of pages and different years, looking at the pictures, I can say you are a happy family, I wish you the best and a wonderful life the ambler family
I stumbled across your site after a weekend at Al Hamra, you have an amazing colection of photos, I'm over half way throug a 3 month stint in Riyadh, you sum up it well. Riyadh is incredibly restrictive if you live outside the compounds, society is very repressed and only suits family life. kind regards
You know how it is, you go to one website, and the link on it carries you to browse yet another. That's how I tripped across yours.
I've lived in the UK for three and a half decades, but now am in Chicago, USA (it's a suburb of Glencoe, to the wise and initiated) for the last decade, more or less.
I too travel much but few photographic collections stimulated me as much as yours did, and I compliment you very heartedly for the fascinating collection you assembled so skillfully and so tastefully. (The British pics actually made me homsick for the UK again, tho I'm a bloooody Yank by origin!)
Thanks! ~ Avi W.
Wonderful pics of Baghdad at a time when people lived in peace and harmony. Hoping those days will return soon.
Hey, great photos. Thanks for posting. Richard Marlow, South Australia.
Daniela from Italy
Hello very nice photos thx for sharing it with us :)
specially the photos for lovely Baghdad i miss it alot
wow.. i'm a professional photographer just been offered a lecturing job at the first public university for women in jeddah... i stumbled across your site from a compound search link.. i started off reading from the begining and found myself reading right up to your latest news. how remarkably thorough and insightful. i'll be moving from leeds with my husband and five month old son and thanks to your sight i absolutely cannot wait to start our new life in Jeddah. Your family sounds very blessed. you and clair look like you did 17 years ago! amazing photo documentary. Z
ur photography is beautiful, was mesmerized after seeing it n surely its one of the best sites i have ever come across..
keep it up!
wow u have evrything u just round the world but i like most pictures u have is when ur in palawan
Your life is a dream, your children blessed, beautiful, talented, and obviously very loved.
Your wife is simply gorgeous and you are someone I not only admire, but also will continue to follow throughout your journeys.
Gina M. Angelo
You have lead such an Incredible Life!
I would be content in just emulating the earlier years of your life.
Jimmy Ahmad from Manchester (England)
I saw your pictures when you was in abha (SAudi Arabia ) they were intresting.
I save some of them in my picture's favorite.
thank you so much.
I also stumbled across your site due to searching for the hanging gardens, ironically it seems, as so many have before me as well. You have led a very blessed life and I hope that you and your family continue to do so for many many years to come. I am going to spend more time here looking and keep up with your life and travels through your site. Incredible, you have been to so many of the places I have only dreamt of thus far. I am so excited to know that there are people getting to do all the things I only dream of currently.
I have only traveled all of the US so far, never having been off of the North American continent...yet. I love finding people who have traveled all over and seeing their pictures, I one day will get to do the same as I believe in the power of attraction and will do all those things I want to. I have loved my life so far and am finally settling down and growing roots here in the US, but know that I am a gypsy at heart and must see the world through my own eyes. I have a small coffee shop in Buies Creek, NC located next to Campbell University and love to meet all the foreign students here from around the world and speak with them, many have invited me to travel with them and soon I will be taking one of them up on her offer to go to India since she will be getting married there.
I am grateful that you have shared your world with us all out in the web we have, called the internet. Thanks to you and many blessings abound.
Sincerely and in gratitude,
Creative Barista & Cafe Owner of
Cafe, Decor & More
PS. If you ever decide you'd like another daughter to take along traveling, you can feel free to adopt me, I'm 27 but just recently heard of someone 40 being adopted while on my trip back from California, LOL...
Just popped in to se what you are up to. Still looks like you are having a wonderful time. Met Angelo last week - are you still with Abbot?
By the way we have just had our third child, Oliver Mitchell Felton was born on the 12th July 2007. Horray.
Hope to chat soon.
All the best
Sorry I came by mistake to this website, but honestly speaking it's really breath-taking. I am British of Iraqi origin and lived part of my life in Baghdad, and I am really missing all these places you have visited.
This website made me really home sick
Wonderful and brilliant website
Dr Ali Taghi
Thanks, I really enjoyed the trip. It was really generous of you to share the sights with you and your family.
Jan - originally from Yorkshire, studied in Manchester and now living abroad too....
Another google stumbler here. I arrived by mistake but stayed for the story. Absolutly fascinating life you have had up to now and i hope it continues to amaze and astound you and yours for many years to come. PS if my wife saw that i had posted her photo and put her age underneath i would never be travelling anywhere again ever.
Boz, Leeds, UK
Yep, impressive indeed. The story about the Jap traffic 'accident' was hillarious. e, Jeddah
hi am swati from india
loved the snaps, u got the spelling of Mahatama Gandhi wrong...if possible, please rectify it...
best of luck
HI, bumped into your site accidently. Also live in alhamra compound in riyadh. YOu have a great site of your travels - any idea how I can set up a site like yours. Good job
Still in riyadh?
Like the others,I was trying to google about Hanging Gardens of Babylon and saw one of your classic photos which was taken at there. And then it takes me about 7 hours to get know really well with your family. But it's worth it. Having a great family time together with each other and touring around the world with a family is the only thing I want to do with my family all my life. Although I couldn't travel with my family, your pictures make me feel like as if I were also part of your family. Thanks a lot and keep it up.
I got here thru Google too...
Such a great idea to chronicle your life this way - i might copy you one day!
I was looking for pictures of Jersey, and amongst them saw your cute little boy... Then I realised he must be big now, so I clicked on your latest photos and there he is playing cricket - brilliant photo btw. You have beautiful children.
I hope you have many more adventures, Px
I don't even know how I got here! but, I want to thank you so much for your delightful family album. If you ever get to Kansas look us up! We are expats in our own country! And fairly itinerant arty types.
just remembered how i got here, googled hanging gardens of babylon, thought you might want to know.
Great experience in watching the pictures as well getting basic information in planning to visit the places
I too found your site by Googling the Hanging Gardens. I then spent 5 hours over two nights reading your site. I found it extremely interesting and your pictures are so impressive. Good for you for taking your family to see the world. I look forward to checking back and seeing where you go next. Atlanta, maybe? Susanna, Atlanta, GA
I was reading about the "new" 7 wonders of the world today in the news, thought I would google the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and found your pictures.. I have never been able to travel outside of the US except for Canada and Mexico.. your pictures took me away. Absolutely amazing!
I suspect many of the older pictures are a treasure now as those countries surely do not look like that now. Thank you for sharing and God bless.
Carol from Atlanta, Georgia
wonderfull pictures, greetings from holland.
got into this site searching for far-flung areas of the Philippines. Just didn't know there were so and so islands--- and I'm from the Philippines! You had interesting things to say about Palawan- cool.
My name is Mohammed tahir, worked in riyadh in 2002 and left in 2004 for london uk and moving back to jeddah by july 2007.
You web site is very intersting and educative
hi there, was just googling Josh Galvin to see what he looks like now and came across your pictures of Bedford School - what a great set of photos. I was a High School girl, in Ann's year (it's bugging me that I can't remember her surname!) and though I didn't know you or many of the people in the pictures they have certainly brought back some really happy memories - thank you, Maggie Chandler (nee Lindop)
Hi, it is really interesting to see the club in which we spent our childhood in your site.My family joind the Ilwiya Club ,as it is called today,in 1982 when i was 12 years old,the club used to be a place for the best families in iraq and the level of people was also high.We spent lovely hours swimming, playing tennis and dating girls.etc.In fact, it has now three swimming pools and 11 tennis courts as well as a huge bar apart from the enourmous garden.The last time i 've been there was in 2004.I can send you photos if you want.
Mustafa Al Bender
I lived and grew up in Jeddah for 18 years as my father used to work with Siemens but never found fun the way you described may be because I was not a non-muslim expatriate but glad you enjoyed your time there. I was searching pics of Jeddah today to refresh my old memories (not happy though) and found your nice diary. Just want to wish you and your family best of luck and many happy days to come. Mr. Latif, Pittsburgh, PA
I am happy to read all this succes: you deserve it completely. Proud to work with you in Boston, next june. Please, take all the good thoughts streaming from my heart to you...
I stumbled on your site after searching Jeddah images on Google. From there I've spent a very happy hour ambling haphazardly through the life and times of the Ambler Family. I've followed your professional career moves, watched Edward grow from a tot to a rugby player, Clair from a very fetching young woman to the beauty she is today. I feel like I've just spent a most enjoyable late evening with a couple I'd love to have known. My wife just wandered into the library and I introduced her to your site. The photography is superb and the accompanying text lucid and informative. I've spent my working life as a broadcast journalist, producer-director-writer and many of our travels cover the same ground. I'm 57 years old and have terminal cancer, so I am enjoying the last period of life the free time it affords me in the comfort of my home near Toronto, Canada. I've bookmarked your site so I can return another time and continue my tour. So, your statement "unlikely to be of interest to others" is manifestly wrong. The hours you have spent re-creating your life online have yielded a great result.
All the best to you and your family.
Hi to Richard and the gang -- nice to see you back in Chicago. I am in PA with my three children. Still at Merck. Verity looks so grown up as does Edward. Happy 45th birthday to Clair from her cosmic twin! Marjorie Moeling
Dear Richard & family,
Thank you for this site. It has been over an hour reading your adventures. I found it so inspiring as we will be making a move to Jeddah in the next 2 months...so getting ready...We, like you, have two children, a boy age 6 and a girl age 2. I have to say your photos of happiness and adventure truly inspired us!!
Thanks - The Shantouf's
Hi Clair and Richard,
Just came across your site while searching for info on Riyadh. Remember us, the Harris family, Simon, Anna-Marie, Edward and George. George was in the same class as Verity I think. Since leaving we have been in Hong Kong and now Malaysia but the Bank is sending us back to Saudi. Both our boys are in UK, Edward at Radley and George at prep school, Abberley Hall. I'm in UK at the moment for half term. would be good to be in touch again, do you have a base in UK? my e-mail is email@example.com
Thank you for your wonderful insights to life in Riyadh, we have now reconsidered an position to work there. Phew, close shave.
My name is Yousra (Tunisian), my husband (lebanese, me and my tow kids will be moving to Riyadh after one month. I found this move very difficult after spending 10 years in Dubai. But after reading your experience there, i guess it might be supportable for two years. I will try to find a villa in Hamra compound. Thanks for your advise.
Salam, Hello, Hi, Namaste,
What I love about people like you guys is that you respect and you are open minded.
I was searching for beaches in Jeddah where my husband and I considering moving.
We live in the USA az, I am Polish(Lived there for 22 years of my life while visiting other countries like Bahrain), my husband left saudi at 10 years old. We are both curious about our ,new life...
Insha'allah it will be as exciting as yours:)
I just wanted to say that I have spent over an hour reading your amazing life diary! Although you wrote on your home page that most people would find it uniteresting, I have to tell you that I found it fascinating. We too are living as expats - currently in Italy - and are considering our next move....you've truly inspired me. We, like you, have two children, a boy age 7 and a girl age 6. After looking at your photos and the happiness and sense of adventure on your children's faces I have changed my mind about finding a place to settle for our children and I think we'll continue the expat trail for a while longer. Thanks for your inspiring diary.
was just google imaging jersey while working as a homesick doctor on a quiet nightshift in a small london hospital and it brought me to your site. Beautiful photos of my little channel island. Glad you had such a good month in 1996. So did I, spent the whole of august on the beach that year!
Wow. What wonderful opportunities as young people. Thank you for sharing your stories! You're an inspiration.Stephanie-AB
Wow, I'm just amazed at all your travels and this website! :]
I hope that someday I will be able to make something like this. This is inspiring to me because I am only 12 years old and I LOVE to travel. It seems like you're having a wonderful life, hope it stays that way!
This is Toufic Lakis from Lebanon; Me, HIBA (my wife) and THEA (my daughter) are currently resident in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; We visited: LEBANON, SYRIA, JORDAN, SAUDI ARABIA, KUWAIT, BAHRAIN, QATAR, U.A.E., EGYPT, TURKEY, CYPRUS, GREECE, FRANCE, SPAIN; I found your website and went through all of it; It is really so nice to roam the world.
I have two questions for you if you may answer.
1- Which company you worked for, what was your position?
2- why didn't you display more photos of the beautiful Lebanon since you visited it.
best regards to family,
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Totally delightful family website. Terrific photos. What a wonderful family. What a wonderful life. Thank you for sharing. --- John Pfeiffer, Washington DC
I'm not sure how I stumbled upon it, but you have a terrific family website and have taken some beautiful vacations. I grew up in Wilmette, IL and made that bike trip up to Ravinia many times as a kid. And our family has been fortunate to travel to a number of the same places (Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Japan, the Philippeans and Christmas in Telluride to name a few!), so your photos were especially interesting to us. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!
The Nelson family, Phoenix, AZ
Thanks for the great 'travelogue'! I enjoyed it tremendously. It would certainly be useful to have a list of cities you have been to and link them to the appropriate pages to read your experiences about them.
I must admit I have not gone through all of your links, but I bet you have not been to Adelaide, Australia where I now am. :P Nanananana - Ver
Looks like we all end up in the USA ..
I loved the site, very inspiring ..
I have had a great time surfing at your website. Your site raise a lot of beautiful & wonderful memories, seeing the pictures of the places where I used to live & work in Jeddah, Taif, Jordan, Alexandria, Egypt. I am also surprised when I see our native land Palawan, Philippines.
My family are now living permanently in Sydney, Australia. Thanks for the great website!
I recieved your e-mail. Thank you for taking the time to write me back, along with telling me what your profession is. I would have written you back sooner, but life is so busy right now!! I hope you and your family are doing great. Sincerely Melissa
Just looking up my surname
My grandfather Arnold Ambler was born in England late 1800's early 1900's
Paul Ambler Adelaide Sth Aust
I am VERY impressed with what your family is able to do. Being able to travel the world is what I have always wanted to do in my life. If you don't mind me asking; What is your source of income that enables your family to travel the way that it has? I know that is a very personal question and you don't have to go into detail, but what ever you do, I'd like to do it as well! Please write me back at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck with the rest of your travels!
Argh. I am very jealous of you and your family. I would die of happiness to be able to travel all over the world.
Wonderfull website! Incredible pictures. It was so nice for me to see the pictures of Baghdad, especially the swimming pool. I am Manon Meihuizen's little brother. I was only 5 at that time but I remember the smells and sounds of the city. The picture you included with Manon was taken at our house. I also went to the American School and hopefully one day I will get in contact with some of my old classmates.
My email: email@example.com
All the best,
Wow! This site is amazing! I was referred to this by a friend and the photography is also really nice. I used to live in Riyadh as well: Kingdom City compound. I moved after the bombing of the compounds and now Im studying in The Netherlands. Meanwhile my family moved to KL, Malaysia recently. Those pictures look great as well! I havent been to Sunway lagoon yet but the photos are very convincing. Japan also seems like an interesting place. Well..I just wanted to share my thoughts on it. What a small world. Greetings, Dana Supeno
<i>It is unlikely to be of interest to others.</i>
Disagree. I am facinated by the photos. They tell a good story. This is a great example of the beauty and power of web communication. Thanks.
Your pictures are beautiful! I stumbled across your website, trying to find some good pics of lake michigan (very sparse, I might add). I'm curious as to what kind of camera you use--your pictures turn out so clear and crisp. I think you have a knack for it, though...not just anyone can pick up a camera and take good photos ;)
Anyway, if you'd like to send me a reply about it, my e-mail is Jesusiscool88@yahoo.com. Keep up the good work!
this site is awesome!
I surprised when I see our native land here in your website, maybe you can visit palawan again, there's a lot of changes and improvement now, especially the people and the culture..
Very nice site,
Thank you for viewing.
Stopped out of curiosity becase we have the same name, Richard Ambler, and feel I've had a worldwide tour. Hope we can compare some family tree notes sone day. Thanks very much for your site, and Aloha!........Richard Ambler, Honolulu, Hawaii...Manila, philippines
This is just the weirdest thing..My name is SSarah Murray nee BakerI am having a reunion for my year at Bedford High school for girls and I was doing a bit of research...Anyway saw this site inadvertantly. I lived at 20 Rothsay rd in Bedford with my four sisters and we all went to Bedford high School. I went out with Mike Bavington and my sister Mary, went out with Paul Bavington and I was also friends with Josh Galvin and others. We both used to babysit for your housemaster's children. Guess what , I saw both your housemaster and wife the other day in a pub in Bedford when I was visiting my mother. they recognised me immediately and we chatted for a while. They are both really well and live in St Gearges road, which is behind Pemberley boarding house near the Games field.I saw Mike in londonwhen I was working there and he hasn't changed at all...My word what memories, Gaynor Rodwell, etc Simon Smith, Don Henderson, Richard smith headboy, who went out with my sister while she was headgirl...Anyway, I vaguely remember you because I used to think you looked like a Bavington brother. Well how lovely to see your lovely family, I am so glad life has been so good for you. Likewise for me with a lovely husband, great children and wonderful times. I think we were so blessed going to such great schools and knowing fantastic people from such an early age. Warm Regards, Sarah Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
Love the site Richard: I know all the pubs you've been to! Good luck and call me Shaun
Hi, What a great collection of photographs of such beautiful places. I came across it while googling the hanging gardens of Babylon and then spent about an hour browsing the site. Great job! Kate, NY
Hi...Im a saudi teenage guy living in Jeddah (but i go to a british international school)..anyway, um yeah, in the sections about KSA i actually found out stuff you could do here that i wasn't previously aware of! Lol and so i went out and did them with my friends. Anyway, this whole website is great, and i love the photos and the vivid descriptions. Awesome. Ciaoz guys. Ibrahim
I “stumbled” across your family website and am happy that I did. You’ve done a fantastic job of story telling with beautiful pictures and have dispensed some valuable traveling information along the way. I grew up in a military family traveling the world, then spent 20 years in the military, myself, doing the same thing. It brought back good memories seeing your pictures of places that I visited. You have a lovely family, thank you for sharing it with your “extended” worldwide family. Jon Morgan USA, Colorado
I too happened upon your wonderful web site!! I am oncall at Manchester Royal Infirmary at the moment and quite possibly was having the worst night from hell, between the shootings and the stabbings I was getting a tad sad. Until I whisked through your site! Your 'life in pictures' is really quite remarkable. May I just thank you for lifting my spirits and making me smile! I felt rude at first, almost guilty at spying on you, but I just had to found out how it all ended! However, I fear in your case, the story is only just beginning! You are truly blessed to have such a lovely family - Well done you! Roy x
This is very interesting to others! I went through all of your albums with me roommate. We were wondering if you would like to adopt two female college students!?!?!?! We would not mind going to any of the places you show in your album. Those pictures are beautiful! We could nanny for you or something(we wouldn't be completely useless)!
your photographs of baghdad brought back great memories,I was working there in 1976. susan.
magnificent photos, so great an itinerant expatriate family !
Absolutely the most interesting website I have visited in a long time. You are wrong when you say that it's unlikely to be of interest to others. I am the "other" and I loved reading about your traveling experiences over the years. The photography is excellent and the description of places makes me feel as if I was there too. Some day I would love to visit all the places <some i already have but want to again> that you mentioned. Thank you once again. Loved how the children have are growing up. They are gorgeous!!! Kindest regards, Farrah (New York City)
I am female brazilian, married with saudi. We lived for a while in Brazil and now we are currently living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Great tips found in yr web site ! Very nice job you have been doing ! Congrats ! God bless you and your nice family ! Cecilia email@example.com
Greeting/Salam Thanks for this great photos u took in Iraq... u reminded me about my country a peacful time for Iraq at that time..... hope one day thing will be safe and u will be able to walk in the street safe and enjoy the rich history of Iraq... Do you have more pictures about Iraq/Baghdad pleasee? Regards, Mohammed Ali Iraqi/Australian Perth/West Australia
Hello there, Greetings from, Perth, Australia. I chanced upon your site while looking for images of Scotland in the Autumn. I lived there for 20 years and miss the seasons so much. I live by the coast here in Australia and its mainly palm trees, somehow they don't have the same appeal. You have put a lot of thought into your web site, it was very interesting. With very best wishes. Kathy Taylor
Hi! Found your homepage while looking for pictures from Japan with Google. I’m a 18 years old boy from Germany and I dream of living a life similar to yours. I want to see as much of the world as you have seen, though I think this is nearly impossible! Your homepage is great; can’t get enough of all the pictures and texts, that show your impressions with your family from all over the world. It makes me even work harder in school, hoping, that I will achieve my dream one day. Hope, that I’ll met you someday and maybe talk to you for a moment. You have a lovely family. Wish you luck for the future. Martin Helmings (Kerken) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hello from Saskatoon, Canada from a father and daughter "goolgling" their last name, Ambler!
I happened upon your site by accident but found it to be a treasure! C. Stanley San Diego, CA USA
I came upon your site by accident. It has been a pleasure visiting with your family.
Dear Ambler family, your pictures of Baghdad brought it all back. We've got just about the same snaps in our photo album! I've tried in vain to convince people what a nice place Iraq was before everything went wrong, and your photos will help. My brother and I were at ICC too, my sister was at Mansour school. We left to return to Sri Lanka just before you got there. I was in Mrs Al Rawi's class and then Mrs Amran's class. I can update you with some sad news - I was reading New Scientist a few years later, it must have been around 1980, and a leader carried the news that Dr Al Rawi, who I think was a senior nuclear scientist, had been shot by the regime. Mrs Al Rawi returned to California with her children. Uma Moorthy
An excellent collection of pictures from the world over. i only have one objection i see a lot of beautiful pictures of England, Colorado but some of the pictures of Asia like that of Baghidad and Bombey Indie are more centered around show casing the poverty in those countries aren't there pictures showing brighter side of life there, i am sure we can find thousands of homeless and very poor people living in underpasses in London.So why only Asia put some of England, I think we all are inclined to capture bad images of the eastern world while only looking at the bright side of the west isn't it food for taught. Emille Brokinsa New York
Dear Ambler family Just a chance urge to revisit days in Baghdad (1970-74) where I was a child (schooling at Mrs. Bust's nursery school and then at ICC) led me to your website - first hit in Google. Your website is superbly put together! The pictures are great and bring back memories that will make me dig into old shoeboxes of pictures revisit our days out there. Do you have more pictures from ICC? I am sure that my two sisters and I may be in some of them - I recall going to one sports day dressed as Julius Caeser. I was in Mrs Darweesh's class and then in Mrs Al-Mashidani's. Mrs. Al-Rahwi had to take me home in her VW one St. Valentines Day when I slipped in the mud and broke my front tooth on a concrete drain cover in the playground. I wonder what happened to all the teachers there, and it is sad to think about Baghdad now. Kind regards Sri Moorthy, London. email@example.com
Hello I go by jaqui, great pictures you have in here! Good to see a family having fun. I found your in images in google image search looking for the hangiing gardens. I thought they didn't exist??? Any ways, hope you dont mind if i browse. Ciao! p.s How did you have such great cameras back then in 1975 or before that!!!
I was hooked on your site for a couple of hours while searching for information on desert camping. What a trip through time and around the globe. Great photography and insightful comments. I am a Saudi national of Kurdish origins, living in Riyadh with my wife and 2 children. Your site brings back memories of my life in Riyadh and places I have traveled around the world. I Wish you and your family the best and I am looking forward to your new posts. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey, you are a lovely family. I wish I had a family like yours, you are lucky. God Bless you all.
Hi! I would just like to thank you for the insight into so many places and cultures you have given to me in the last couple of hours! Like so many who have signed this guest book, I came across your site whilst researching on Google and became fascinated with your adventures - I have kept myself out of bed well into the morning just to read about them! I think it's wonderful that your children will try so many different things. As an eighteen year old I see many young people around me confined to their own misery by a self inflicted lack of adventure. I find it somewhat inspiring to witness all that you have done and see all you have seen. Things like this give me the urge to work hard in order that I can experience them for myself. Thanks again for a well spent couple of hours, and for helping to dispel my assumptions that all young people are addicted to Xbox and fast food! Wishing you well for the new year, Tom, Liverpool =D
Was reading about Saudi Arabia and stumbled onto your site. Your Japanese traffic accident is one of the funniest things I have read, especially when you burst out laughing halfway through the apology - twice. I spent ten days in Tokyo on business in 1994 and also have a few great stories from that short time. I appreciate the cross cultural issues having lived in Australia, Africa and now U.S.A. I look forward to checking out the rest of your site. Best Davidk (San Diego) email: pres562003 [AT] yahoo.com
I was looking for pictures and info on Mayanmar and came across your website. Great looking family. The pictures of the kids in the Japanese restaurant had me smiling. I have niece and nephew and that site would have had them running for the nearest McDonalds, screaming for chicken nugget. Amazing pictures, also. email@example.com
I was looking at pictures of Walt Disney on the web and came across the picture of Edward and the lion so I opened it. I started looking at your web site, what an adventurous life you and your family have had. I really enjoyed your pictures from all over the world. Thank you for putting them on the web for others, who can't travel like you, be able to see place like you have. You have a beautiful family. Angela Baker. firstname.lastname@example.org
we also came across your site by searching for the hanging gardens of babylon. I am a teacher, my colleague a student and I have sat looking at your family travels for the last hour!! how amazing, we envy you. Also more interesting then official travel websites. well done
What an exciting life! My family is from Iraq, we are Chaldean/Babylonians and finding your website really gave me an insight! Hopefully I'll be able to visit and see my families heritage one day. Thank you so much! Michele, Michigan
Szczesliwego Nowego 2007 Roku !!! Wojtek Polska (Poland)
You have a truly adventurous life so far, I am envious. I spent a year in Jeddah with memories of a lifetime. Thanks for sharing your pictures, which are all awesome. Jay N. Hamilton Canada
Me again....I just recognized Yevgeny from Bulgaria in your school pic....I remember the boy from Egypt too, but his name escapes me....strange. Billy Young Dallas, TX
Wow...I can't believe I found these pictures of your time in Baghdad! I lived there in the mid to late 70's and also attended ICC! In fact, I was looking @ your photos and I can't believe you knew Noriko! She was one of my best friends! I also saw your photo with Mrs. Al Rawhi....I knew her and also recognized Yuri, Sabiha and Susan Parsons! I also hung out @ the The Alwiya Club! The internet makes the world alot smaller, huh? Take care! Billy Young Dallas, Texas
Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy and Happy New Year. Yvonne
A big hi to the Ambler family I came across your site from Google while I was doing my search. I think there some excellent pictures of the places you've travelled to. There are pictures from all around the world. Well..best wishes for your future travels. Take care Mohammed UK
I am hooked on this site! You have lived such an interesting life and have rekindled my travel bug. I originally found this site because I was searching for the Seven Wonders of the World and the picture of your mother at the Hanging Gardens of Babylon came up in my search. It is incredible how you have chronicled your journey through life. Anyway, thanks for posting this website and allowing innocent bystanders like me to enjoy the world vicariously :-). Candace Edens, Washington DC, USA (email@example.com)
I stumbled across your website looking for pictures of Baghdad to while away a cold afternoon in a dull office in Sheffield. What an amazing life you've had! I wish I'd seen half the things you have. Matt
Dear Ambler your site is amazing, I am ahmed from egypt and I think that this site need some photos from egypt so we are waiting for u and yr sweet family here in sharm el shiekh, aswan, luxor and cairo i recommand these places for u go on ambler and thx for this nice photos
Hi Just wanted to say you have a really nice website. Beautiful pictures that inspires to travel. Christian - Denmark
hi my name is c.ambler i was wondering if we were any relation.my dad is gary ambler and my grandad is terry ambler
Hello. My name is Sally and I'm from Iraq. Thank you for the beaytiful pictures. It was very intreseting to see how my country looked like once! Unfortunitely all I can remeber now is the distraction. By the way I lived in the same neighborhood you were in and I know where the British club is. The place has nothing to do with your photos. Thank you again and may God bless you and your whole family. Sally
Asslam Alykom... ...ÇáÓáÇã Úáíßã I'm Abdullah from Riyadh, & I just want to say that you have a beautiful site, & I want to know the way you plan to your trips with.
Hi Ambler family. I think your site is excellent. I was trying to find the compound near Riyadh I lived at between the age of 4 and 8 (1985-1988). It was called Ballast Needham I believe. I came across your site from Google while I was doing my search. I haven't been through your site thoroughly, but some of the places we have been to are similar - Japan etc. I am living in Manchester in the UK now. But I remember my Saudi days fondly. Your photos brought back many memories. Keep the site and the photos going! Pam x
Hi!! It's winter now in Riyadh like you before we are an expat family here in Riyadh with 3 lovely daughter and a loving husband, accidentally browsed your site and it makes me hooked by you lovely photos of an amazing places. If you don't mind I want to invite you in virtualtourist.com to post your photos and make some tips of you past travels my member name is toni28. Thanks for your sharing your life. toni
Hi Amblers, I'm from Saudi Arabia and I'm currently studying in the United States. I was searching for Saudi cuisines and somehow I ended up in here. I really liked the idea of documenting your life with photos and movies. I really feel disappointed for not having pictures from my old memories. I'm still 24 and have time to do it though :) I'm sorry to know that you didn't really haven't had a pleasant time at Saudi Arabia, but I'm really happy that you enjoyed the desert trips and you realized how friendly the people are. It sad to know that Saudi has become more restrict than it was in the 70s. However, I can tell you that Saudi Arabia is changing now and has changed alot since during the last seven years. I hope it will be a good place for expats to live in by the time Edward brings his family with him :) You're so lucky to have this adorable, gorgeous family and I'm quite sure that they have you ro show them the whole world. It's amazing! I liked the pics you've posted here. I didn't think that I will spend more than two hours browsing your website. I didn't see pictures of Mada'en Saleh in Saudi Arabia. I hope you've visited it though. It's a very great place to visit. There you can see home made by crafting the mountains! GOOD LUCK!
Hello Amblers, and Happy Holiday! I haven't been through the whole site yet, but I have REALLY enjoyed traveling with you so far! And watching the kids get older! We are a family of five in Northern California who has never traveled much farther than the borders of our own USA. We'd love to travel the world, but alas, Mom (me) HATES to fly...really HATES to fly...and the vacation plans keep landing us in Disneyland! Someday we will go to: FIRST - ENGLAND!!! I want to go there very much! Then maybe France....for a day...maybe. (No offense to the French). Japan would really be great. It's interesting that these are some of the places you've been. Now as far as Chicago goes, that's were I was born. For me, it's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there anymore. We love California, and we'll probably live here until we have pure white hair and driving power chairs! Thank you so much for sharing your family with us, Amblers. Have you ever been to California? We are near Napa...the wine-making capital, and San Francisco. Sort of in between. We have a winery just to the east of our property and up the hill so it's a nice view. Now, I will continue my journey with your family through your site...what a great adventure...looks like I'm writing a novel here....(oh P.S., found your site through Google and the Arc of Triumph.)You make us want to SEE the world!!
Hey,my name is omar, i was born in Riyadh, saudia arabia and now im here in Belguim studying Bio-medical sciences i just want to ask you about you student life because i really want to have the same knowledge as you and the same future (30% Luck and the rest up 2 me and god) i think so,so please give me push by telling me about ur study life... thank you Omar AL SULIMAN 1st Ba B-m-Sciences
Dear Richard, Though we have never met, I am so enjoying reading your beautiful, marvelous website. It is of especial interest to anyone who has dreamed of being expatriate himself, or at least of travelling extensively to far places. As a native of Southern California who has only been out of the country four times for vacations, I envy your and your family's exciting adventures living all over the world. Please continue your reports. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us all. Sincerely, Cathy Probst California,USA
You have a SICK hand at photography! I mean, your perfect life is right here in the blog! I'm single, still in school and all I have is a collection of the photos I took during my trips abroad (which are nowhere closer to yours). And I have a plan to someday... someday create a blog like yours...
First things first... nice bikes!! But I'm also really amazed by your pics from the 90's. They are perfect. I loved browzing thru the pages (eventhough I have 2 final exams both in 2 days, it was still worth it). You have done everything I hope to do in my future. I grew up in Arabia, nd haven't been out of the city I was born in. But I'm going there again this Christmas.. and something tells me I won't stay in Jeddah but a few days! Enjoyed it Moe, Orlando, Florida
Hello ambler family! came across your sight when I was searching for photos of Riyadh.. even though I don't know your family, I was mesmerised. Your photos are fantastic, and your experience of different cultures is fabulous. well done! I hope one day I have a portfolio as great as yours x
This is the most interesting sit I have seen in a while. My best friend e-mailed me your link. She spent a good hour just looking over your web site with all the pictures and notes of all of your travels. NEAT! Jana, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
i really came across ur website totally by chance.i wanted to read about someone who lived in riyadh-ksa and "google" put u first on the list:-) i'm really sorry my english is not that perfect. let me start by introducing myself.my name is maya halabi,i am 22 years old, lebanese. actually, i'm curious about riyadh because i am getting married to the love of my life and his work is in riyadh so i just wanted to see how life in ksa looks like.until now i didn't find a very positive feedback hahah but it's not a problem for me because i love him and we'll get used to it at the end. now the reason why i'm writing to you is because i was soooo impressed with ur website.i didn't know there are people like u who travel that much.being able to tour the world is a blessing.i just don't know what to say more other than i feel jaleous of u hahaha regards to ur wife and kids. p.s: i'm really happy u liked lebanon and i really hope u come for a holiday here because i can assure you that u'll spend a wonderful time. take care bye maya halabi firstname.lastname@example.org
thanks allot for all of the inclosed informatiom in the site i hope aloot will visit an participate by there comments Fahad- saudia arabia
Now retired, I worked as an ex-pat in Europe, the Middle East and Asia for 16 years during the 70's and 80's. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to revisit and re-experience those places.
You have some fantastic pictures!
hello... i'm (jeddawi)--> from jeddah and u took very nice photos for my city and I hope that u have enjoyed ur time there and...thanks for visiting my city.
Hello! I just love the pictures of your family and travels. Please continue to update. Excellent material! Thanks! Orlando
A wonderful website! Congratulations for your family and your gorgeous life. Iuliana email@example.com (Lyon, France)
great photos (especially Sept road trip!) . Also inspired me to see more of Japan as I live in Tokyo and haven't been 'anywhere' yet.
im sitting in my english calss right now getting in trouble because she told me to get off the computer but i couldnt stop looking at all those awesome pictures. so i'm guessing you've been a few places in your life huh? lol. take care, awesome site too. Adam Kirkby, CA firstname.lastname@example.org
well ...ITS GREAT...thats all I can say ..I am from Iraq and I wish I have seen the beauty of my country like You did ...after this I will make sure that I will ..Oneday!! best of luck ..dr.Ammar J Ali ..email@example.com
I stumbled upon your site this afternoon... I don't remember how... (I'd have to hit the back button on my browser about 500 times to see where i came from to end up on your site). You are lucky to have had so many great experiences and such a nice family. I'm inspired by the traveling and exploration... as i am too an explorer. Thanks.
I recognise some of the people in the British Club, 1973-75 particularly Mark South on the tug of war! Can't see myself, though we were there at the same time and i remember all of the sites in you photos. John F Kellerman firstname.lastname@example.org
Another google tourist here. You've led a remarkable life. It has inspired me to see more of the world than just my own little corner of it. Thank you! Someone in Berkeley, CA.
Lovely Baghdad Pictures, Pity all these places have dissapeared. Zappy!
I supposed to blog my experience as an expat in Jeddah--looking for some images, landmarks, or something about this place. Unfortunately, when I log-in to yahoo, the system had experienced an error.I decided to visit your site. And I found out that this is a compilation of your family's travel from place to place. It makes me an idea to do the same way so that in the future, (when I decided to go home for good in my country, THE PHILIPPINES) I have the chance to refresh the good old days. We don't live here forever, isn't it? (email@example.com)
It is quite interesting to read this wealth of information and experience. Since I am planning to take up a new assignment for my company in Riyadh, I came across your site in Google search. Information is very useful. Meanwhile I have also red through other pagest of this web site and impressed with the way the information is presented. Wish you good luck. Murali from India. Pl. do visit India to experience the diverse cultures.
Enjoyed your comments about Riyadh. Just moved here a month ago. Particularily appreciated your comments about the inane beaurocracy as I've been experiencing it. But, being a Canadian woman, and a woman alone here without her husband (I am here as a teacher), I would add that it is only for men that 'all heavens open up' after you get your igama. They're very much concerned here that women's feet are planted firmly on the earth and preferably in her own home! Still it is an interesting experience. I'm looking forward to visiting Dubai and Bahrain. Your pics look great! Thanks for sharing through a website. I'm considering doing something similar myself, but have been a little edgy about the censorship issue. Have a great time, CJ
thanx alot for these photos.
Very well done website. I was just looking for pictures of the hanging gardens of babylon when I found your site. Great pictures!
came here by accident -- googled "Ishtar Gate" I am the product of British boarding school and father in the military. I found your pics of school and ex-pat life strangely evocative. Great Web Site and great photos - thanks Pete Slade firstname.lastname@example.org
hello there! like so many others on here, i stumbled upon your site whilst googling for brighton. i was a bit sceptical at first about the whole notion of blogging something so personal and was quite frankly baffled as to why someone would want to document their life so publicly. and yes, at this point i hold my hands up and confess i have spent far too much of my evening exmining your lives! i guess it's something of the big brother phenomenon at play. i didn't think i would be saying this earlier but i have actually found your site truly facinating. you and your children's upbringing seem far removed from mine and yet there are certainly aspects that i can clearly relate to. perhaps what i find most interesting is the fact that i am currently embarking on university education and this is pretty much where your blog entries commence. i see how your life has turned out and can only wonder whether i shall be sharing the same experiences as you have documented here... thanks for sharing it with us though i'm not sure it was intended for nosy-parkers like me! i hope to return to this site in a few years to find it still up and running and of course, you're all just as happy as you appear (to a mere outsider like me. take care and best wishes, charlotte (e-mail: email@example.com )
I accidently came across your family site. I must say it is wonderful and I think it is a true treasure. You childrens childen and future generations should be proud and greatly appreciate this family history!!! Julie MV
Like so many before me I googled! 'Nativity'. Fabulous site. Really interesting. Can I come back again? Su
HI Richard and family, I've just discovered your site and have just had a few glasses of red wine. I will email you shortly, Colin (or better known as Hutch, 2 white lightning please, looking forward to the henge 80 or 81 nostalgic photos)
Vi devo fare i miei complimenti per tutte le foto, davvero fantastiche, per la vita che fate, ricca di colori, posti nuovi, viaggi. Vita che piacerebbe fare anche a me, ma che per lavoro, studio… soldi…(perché sicuramente viaggiare così comporta dei costi) non mi è possibile. Ho visitato il sito, mi è piaciuto così tanto che, cosa che non ho mai fatto, ho deciso di mandarvi i miei complimenti firstname.lastname@example.org
I arrived at your website having done a google image search for typhoons in japan. This is wonderful! I'm wonder what is wrong with me that could make me interested in your life? I'm young enough that the idea of cataloging a life online is the norm and old enough that I resist doing it myself. I typically find these pages boring and painful to view. I suppose you've done a good job. It's well organized and well written. Kudos, Wade in NYC
ALA OWERRI.THIS IS AN INTRESTING SITE
Came upon your site after googling "the Philippines" where I returned after 29 years away. My family moved from the Philippines to Canada in the late 70s. What travel you and your family have had! And what truly beautiful pictures! Great eye. Noli (Toronto, Canada).
I was searching for stuff about Palawan (going there tomorrow) when i stumbled on your site. Same as below, i dunno what you do, but I like the travelling that comes with it LOL. Pics are spectacular! Your family's beautiful, I must say. Hope everything continues out well for you and your family. And no matter what you do, don't stop the blog ;) Dos Quong from the Philippines (email@example.com)
My name is Pat Urfali. I lived in the Masbah area of Baghdad, near the French Ambassadors residence. I thoroughly enjoyed all your pictures, they brought back so many memories. I now live in Tucson, Arizona. I give lectures and am in the process or writing a book about the 40 years I spent in Baghdad. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers us. My husbands's name was Hufdhi K. Al Urfali. My son's names are Khalil and Hussam. They attended the British Council School and then attended Mansur School. I have many happy memories of Baghdad and am glad to know that others share them. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Best wishes and sincere thanks, Pat
Wow. I was looking for pictures of Japan to save on my laptop in order to make posters for my dorm room when I stumbled across this site. It's very interesting; beautiful pictures and great commentary. I don't know what you do for a living, but I envy you. I want your job!!
I used to live in Fal compound Riyadh opposite Al-hamra I now live in Whitechapel.....
Greate photographs with relevant notes.I liked the way of explanation with clear and beautiful pictures Charan Tendulkar Bangalore
Looking for a place to retire in the Philippines, and Google searched "Living in Palawan", and your site came right up. Very nice... I will make a trip there soon... Thanks for sharing. Mike Spencer Las Vegas, NV.
Stumbled across the site searching for images. Having grown up in Qatar, I found the section on Iraq & Saudi very interesting. Great pictures. Chris Young Dundee, Scotland
Stumbled accross the site... Very nice photos!!! Thought I would sign the guest book. Ray Ambler Jr - Pismo Beach, California USA.
Nice. Edwards' growth is amazing. I see him as a toddler in one picture and 10 min (and 10 yrs)later he is playing 'cricket'(the game that never ends) for his school! Such is life. Tim, Phoenix,AZ
hi Ambler Family : I'm see all your beautiful pictures .Came across your site by accident when googling for baghdad picture. with Best Wishes mohammed abbas from iraq-kirkuk email@example.com
Hi Ambler Family Stumbled across your website looking for info on Chicago buildings! I once enjoyed Sunday brunch in the Signature Room restaurant on 95th floor Hancock Centre. Views!! Going further I was enthralled by the superb photos and interesting tales of the many beautiful places you have visited/lived/worked in over the years. Fantastic experiences you have been blessed with. Best Wishes. Tom
MGBADA JOE, I LOVE THIS PAGE.
Thank you for sharing those pictures of Iraq. Those sights are probably lost forever. Best wishes.
hey... i jus luked at the page bout ur family in riyadh.. hmm im an expat in riyadh too. hav lived dere since i wus 6 mnths old and am 17 now...... but thing is .. dat even tho wot u mention about the restrictions and all.. i find it one of de most amaziing peaceful places to liv in.. anyway nice webpage here.. ps: my dad helped construct the alhamra compound...from Abeer
What a wonderful look into your family and circle of awesome vacations around the world. What better idea than this to catalogue your memories and save them for the future of the children!! Beautiful Family! Thanks for sharing.
I’d just like to tell you that your site is absolutely beautiful full of adventure and wonderful photos. id like to ctc you about Riyadh as my husband has recently been offered work over there I’m a bit worried for security as i have a 5 year old girl and twin boys who are 2 1/2 if you could talk to me about the compound u were on as I’d prefer this one as the English school been on the same compound. Your adventures have made me feel that its a good opportunity in life to travel and u make it look so easy with children. my name is Lisa and here’s my email id be very interested in talking to ur wife and how she lived the experience there many many thanks and good luck in ur adventures together. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Ambler Family! Your website is truly a gem in documenting your travels and family memories! I was looking into embarking on Cambodia and came across your pictures! Amazing! I hope you have a nice time in Chicago! --Rebecca (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Hi Amblers, Your travels sound completely amazing! I came here looking for pictures of Jeddah and stayed around to read about the other places you've been. Great photos and wonderful stories! Anneli in Florida
Wow, I just wanted to say you site is awesome. I came across it using google to see pics of the Philippines. Your family has had a great oppertunity to see the world, I wish I had the same:).
Great site!! Loved your Jeddah pictures.
Hi, my name is Kate Ambler. I live in Nelson New Zealand and just thought I would check out if there were any other Ambler's out there. AND THERE IS!! I didn't have a look at your family tree, but do you know if you have any relatives in New Zealand. I am the only Ambler in the Nelson phone book. email@example.com
Came across your site by accident when googling for Babylon pics. Cool, esp the trip from Iraq to UK by car! Its good to share. Bob, London.
Hello Guys, I loved your website. I thought it is adorable. Really Really loved the pictures. I see you have been to see the wonderful place called Babylon in Iraq, The cradle of civilisation. May God bless you guys. Shamus
Hola, somos de Gran Canaria. Has ido al Hierro y no visitaste una de las mejores islas, la nuestra. Nos hemos divertido mucho viendo tus fotos y queremos darte las gracias por mostrarnos todos esos lugares. Te recomiendo que en tu próximo viaje tengas en cuenta venir a Teror que es un pueblo de la isla de gran canaria donde Fernando Alonso tiene su actual novia.Jajaja, es broma!
Terrific way to capture the memories of living in a foreign place. My husband and I lived there in 1983-84 where he was an engineer on Baghdad University and I was head of the MIddle School at Baghdad International. Thanks for all the work you put into your site. firstname.lastname@example.org Patricia White
Dear Amblers, I Just wanted to drop a note, to let you know that i loved watching all the great pics! Laurence.
Dear Amblers, I used to live and work in Riyadh in 2000/2001, so it looks like we did share the same piece of earth for a while. Friends of mine used to live in Al Hamra compound as well, while I actually lived in the infamous DQ. Your photos raise a lot of beautiful memories. Hmmm well, my eyes are getting a bit wet though. Thank you, Eike.
Hi Rich, Will you be adding any updates for the time between 1984 and 1990. I need to fill in the gaps! Keep up the good work, this is a beautiful journey! Ro.
You've had the most amazing life...I'll be spending lots of time here reading :) Thanks for sharing.
Hi! I'm 20 years old, and I too have lived in Riyadh at Al Hamra Compound. It brought back so many wonderful memories seeing the pictures of the compound again. It's great that you are sharing these images with the rest of the world! - Kellie
This is a truely great experience to watch and read all your excursions. I am South African but live at the moment with my South African husband in Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia. Thanks for the effort with your site. Sue Pienaar
very nice , it make me dreaming how can realize such trips to wonderful places in this world !!!
Hello, My name is Jennifer White and I lived with my family in Iraq from 83-84. I went to BIS. We had a lot of the same experiences that you did in traveling inside and outside of Baghdad. I really enjoyed your site. Thank you for putting it together. Jenniferbwhite@cox.net
your website is really really great it is very interesting Rebecca Hersbach & Verity Ambler
I was wonder about your site
Dear Amblers, Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful life with us. I enjoy following your trips through the years... My husband and I would like to make a trip to Japan from New York next year for the Cherry Blosom 2007. We still don't know exactly when will be the best time to be in Japan for that event with your journey report we're getting some idea now. Thanks again, wish you will have more wonderful trips in your future to share with us. Trang
World class.. I'm speechless. Having spent 2 years in the Gulf, this makes me feel sick with jealousy!!! Some great photos too, especially your Uni days..!!! Best wishes, Dave.
You truly are blessed with all the lives you have touched in each of the locations you have been at. I wish only for you and your family to continuously have good health to be able to go to more travels and adventures with you. Your travels inspire me and my family to do the same. Godspeed
would i adore to be you, you have such an amazing life, i live to travel but this is more than i've ever done. i have always wanted to visit Jeddah in saudi arabia (and Riyadh) but i never got around to it! Kysaa, Helsinki
You are truly blessed in this lifetime. You, the blogger, have it all, family, career, adventure, and yet, peace and much warmth laughter and love. It shows all the way. Your children are beautiful and it is obvious they are a delight. I stumbled across one of your photos and somehow ended up spending two or three hours enjoying your photographs. (I lost track of time) I read very little text, for I felt this was a personal odyssey, but my heart melted with your baby photos. Your skill with the camera is what captivated me, your eye is excellent. You truly have an unbelievably privileged life in that, not only do you live and experience the world so completely, but one senses that you have the world complete within your small beloved family.
just came accros your site and my god you have had a life ..amazing ...saw you whent to royal russell so did i and my brothers there now just thought id say hi
Hi, I'm Japanese but l have been living in the UK for 10 years. I was checking "living in Japan" as I'm going to live in Japan from June to January. Will check your site again. I may see you in Japan?
Dear Ambler family! I was just looking for pics of Japanese food, when I found your website. This has been an adventure! I love that you have added some audio file with photos. They make the experience unique! I bookmarked your site for another visit, and I can't wait! Thank you so much for charing your wonderfull travels around the world! Terhi, Finland
I would love to have your life.
hey, lovin your website, stumbled across it when lookin for pics of the beaches where i live (Jersey). So glad u enjoyed your stay here. Although i would like to point out that they are not villages they are called parishes, and there are 12 of them. So glad you liked it over here hope you come back again, it has changed alot since you were last here but its still great in the summer ! Hope you have more great holidays all over the world bubyes Steph 18 Jersey x
Hey blood! just thought i let you know, my name is also richard ambler. Im from the uk. i dont look anything like u tho. haha great web site u got there.
Hey, Just stumbled across this site when was looking for pictures of our compound in Jeddah. Myself I am 16 right now, we have lived in Saudi and Egypt with my dad working over there and stuff. Amazing to see the compound again! You may have even known him, I am not sure. Thanks a lot though great site you have here. Josh - England
hey..... it's great to have ppl like u who haven't forgotten about all the places they've visited... i am proud 2 know that there is ppl like u in the world....shokran(thanx n arabic)for sharin wiv us ur nice moments.... mais from jordan
Dear Amblers. Thanks for this beautiful diary. I was a little kid when moving to Saudi / Tabuk in the 80's. As you do, my parents (German father / Vietnamese mother) gave me the pleasure to travel the whole world (Afrika, whole Europe, Asia, etc.) and back in Germany as a teen, I was first sad, but then proud and very confident. Especially the time in Saudi i miss a lot, the desert, the red sea, trips to jordan, our nissan patrol.... Working in the fashion industry now, it's hard to find people to share the spirit of exploring the world ... so watching your page is a inspiration and brings back some great remembrance. i hope your kids will be as thankful as i am one day. thanks for sharing. best regards. Bianca, 26, Berlin
hey... you have a great life... you´ve seen so many places...i´ve only beent to jeddah and dubai... wish i could swap for a year or for life.. ;o) great pics u have an your page....keep on... c u moira
Hey guys came across your site whilst looking at pics of the good old days of being back at riyadh. God i was there back in 1992 - 1999. I went to the S.A.I.S School. and lived on Al faisalia compound from what i remember was near Eid the american compound, but im sure thats all changed now. God as i said before was just looking at the good old days seeing pictures of it all brings back so many memories like sarawat the food store and euromarche. WOW haha makes you really think about it all. Wish i could go back i would in a instant. The reason i and my family was there cause my father worked for BAE and was there for the gulf war so we came over after. But im back in the sunny united kingdom now south west a little town called Weston super mare. But love the site i didnt have time to check up on the other places as you have been to so many but to be honest as well i just wanted to relive those dreams of riyadh. So thank you for your site and good luck in the future. Keep us all posted. And if you ever go back to riyadh get as many pics as you can of it all for us here in the uk haha. Steve Irvine email@example.com
Hi, great site :D I'm living in Jeddah my self almost 4 years now.. and Now i know why people are crazy about Sierra Village/Compound. it's very cool to know that someone's actually writin' bout it.. all the best !
Hi, Nice Pictures ! u have treasured the beautiful places around the world. I like your adventure spirits. All the best ! have nice time with ur family. I am also working in Riyadh. Regards, foysal e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for sharing your photos. I am working in Oman and considering an offer in Jeddah for two years. Your photos have helped shaped my decision to some degree. All the best. Excellent site by the way. sincerely Jo
Dear Ambler Family, What a great web site and a great family. I love the photos. I now live in very small town of Tonopah, NV. I like taking photos of my family and I need to put them on the web like you have. You have done a great job. I Plan to return and read every thing. I'm working on the 1908 Great Race for now and trying to help the Town of Tonopah do some murals. I work for Sandia National Labs at the Tonopah Test Range. My Wife Teralyn & I spend a lot of time in our Las Vegas home. We both have a lot of family there. Clair Blackburn email@example.com
Im was really amazed to go through ur experience in saudi arabia, that u have given an electronic shape. Despite living in Saudi Arabia I've never been to such beautiful areas, as abha and many more. I would like to contact u personaly. If possible please send me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Im just 19 now..Thanks.......khalid khan
I stumbled upon your website while looking for "movers from London to Riyadh". I must tell you that both my wife and I are amazed to see/ read your experiences across globe esp. about Riyadh and Saudi Arabia. We are moving to Riyadh next month. An excellent read....I got some ideas and will implement in our personal lives as well. Amit and Anjali Gandhi
Jean Herbert,Leeds Yorkshire. Related to Ambler family via Titus and Peter Ambler born in Bradford and Hunslet Leeds. I have been told there is a book called "The Ambler Family History" and would like to purchase a copy. Any ideas as to where I might obtain this book. Have also information that the Amblers originated in Flanders. Regards Jean
Salam, I am Mostafa from Montréal. I have no idea how I got across your website, but for sure it is fascinating. I am impressed of your detailed descriptions of the surroundings, the pictures might be great, but the description is giving motion and bringing it to life. I enjoyed your life story, wish you happiness, always. email@example.com p.s. (if you ever going to publish this in a book "Life Story", I would surely buy a copy :-)
Stumbled across the site when searching for info on Habala in the Asir region of SW KSA... visited once while I lived in Dhahran with my ARAMCO parents. 12 years later and am now married and lusting for the expat lifestyle once more... traveled extensively as a child and teen and would love to do so with my wife. We've hit Maui so far (married there), I only hope we can enjoy ourselves in as many places as you have! PS -- I must know ... Edward ... karaoke at school ... your reaction?!
Hi Amblers I love the pictures of your travels. My wife had a job for one year in Jeddah while I watched our young son and did some tutoring on the side.My son was 4 years old when we left he is now 8. His memory is fading and I am sad, your photos help though. Oddly enough I didn't love Jeddah (mostly because of the heat) but I think about it all the time.I do miss the many interesting people and the friday brunch. Tom and Family in Boston.
As far as I know, you should update you web. I will try to give you a call soon !! All my best whises to Ambler`s family coming back to Chicago !!! Fran "the Spaniard"
BIG Hello to amber family-i grew up, in Saudi Arabia and was on that very beach, hundreds of times!!! I was shocked to see a photo of it on the net-wow memories are flowing back now. Great photo too. Thank you. Katherine Mahon, Ireland.
Good day: Your web site piqued my interest as my wife is contemplating a job offer in England (Eastleigh in the south, just below Wiltshire). Do you know of any good resources/web sites for Americans with young children contemplating such a move? Thanks--love the pics of UK! Dan Boyden, Charlottesville, Virginia USA firstname.lastname@example.org
Gracias, gracias, gracias... Desde Bilbao, España. Me encantan vuestros viajes y...¡vuestras fotos¡. Un día descubrí, por casualidad, esta página web y desde entonces soy una asidua visitante. No tengo mucho tiempo libre pero cuando estoy cansada, me siento delante de la pantalla y me relajo viendo tranquilamente vuestros reportajes. Felicidades, familia Ambler
hi---my name is charles ambler..reside in u.s..new jersey
Surfed in looking for Saudi pics but stayed for the rest. Thanks for a very nice easy to navigate site ;) Julie (Just starting our expat adventure in comparison...2 countries in 3 years and looking at number 3)
Thank you for the wonderful photos! This webpage is a snapshot of my life! It sends chills of nostalgia down my spine. I lived in Raytheon (right across from Arabian Homes) and went to Contental School from age 5 to 15! I used to spend a lot of time at Arabian Homes, rollerblading at the park and swimming in the pools. It's been 6 1/2 years since I've been back in the states. Your website is truly an amazing way of sharing your experience with the world.
In 1969 I was stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard on a Loran Station called Tarumpitao Pt. in southern Palawan. What a wonderful area at the time. What ever happened to Tarumpitao Pt.? Thanks, Robin Please email me at email@example.com
Hi, Nice Pictures ! u have treasured the beautiful places around the world. I like your adventure spirits. All the best ! have nice time with ur family. I am also working in Riyadh. Regards, Jai 0500123593
Hello from Toronto, Canada! I found your site while googling for photos of the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh. I lived in Riyadh for a number of years in the 90's and was searching for some on-line photos to add to my blog as I had recalled a funny story. I hope you don't mind if I use a photo or two of yours to embellish my story. My blog address is www.mayedecember.blogspot.com It sounds like you and your family have had an incredible life. Your photos are fascinating! Sincerely, Ramona
I browsed through the families 2003 pictures in Cambodia. Its nice to see pictures of my home country. You've shown the beauty of our country that many people do not notice. Thank You. I'm a university student studying in Canada. After, i finish my degree and start a career, perhaps i will be able to have a family and a life similar to your's.
well rambler, I have to say this website is wonderful, I have to say it even though it makes my tongue swell and go green. You must be paid too much and have too much spare time, as well as having a lovely family. I am draining pus and intubating stabbings in Whitechapel, London, as a gassman. I was shown your site by my present girlfriend who googled me and found my picture. She now thinks I am famous......thanks. Sadly Jonathan Fielden is now a bigwig on the BMA and has been voted 19th most powerful man in medicine... still that's the sun god for you. good luck and go safely Mike Pead
What a lovely website you have. I came across it while looking for pictures of japanese trees, but the Australian part was just a lovely discovery:-) Awesome pictures:-) Keep having fun, Paula A spanyard based in Scotland.
This is like looking at my own life. I went to school at Jeddah Prep and lived there in addition to Riyadh and Dhahran. I've lived and had holidays in all the countries you list as well. My first foray into travel was being raised in Kenya (Mombasa/Nairobi) then Beirut in the good times. Been inside Cheops pyramid at Giza, Raffles in Singapore, Penang, used to live in Hong Kong, been to all of French Polynesia, Cooks etc etc ad-nauseam! -I rarely come across people as well-travelled & culturally astute. It is obvious you are a professional photographer as well. Thanks for listing your plethora of pics. We probably shared the same plane from London to Jeddah a few times in the late 70s as I was in boarding school as well back then. Cheers! Ewan.
Date: 25 Jan 2006Time: 00:03:00
hi, i actually came across your site when i was looking for pictures of jeddah, where i was born and raised. we're a family of expatriates too :) and i love it. most of the time. i love the way you guys keep track of things and WITH photographs. it's awesome. i looked through some of the other sections too and it seems like you guys are having a great time. i thought we'd lived a lot of places, but you guys have us beat. i love it.
Date: 14 Jan 2006Time: 09:18:23
wow, these wonderful pictures brought back so many memories for me as I lived and loved Baghdad for my first 17 years. Alwiya Club was home for me from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm on a daily bases. Again thanks a lot. Ayad A.
Date: 12 Jan 2006Time: 22:55:51
Hello, Thank you for a breathtaking visual tour of the world. What's very interesting and sometimes disheartening is how the places you've been to and photographed have evolved, especially in the Middle East and the Balkans. Your photographs of Iraq in the 70's are making the rounds of the expatriate Iraqi community around the world. They remind us that another world was possible, and better can be in the making, if we try. - Yasser Taima, Los Angeles, California.
Date: 08 Jan 2006Time: 19:30:21
Visited by Mavis Ambler Stapleford, born St. Catharines, Canada. Daughter of Cecil Parker Ambler, granddaughter of Joseph E. Ambler, O.B.E.
Date: 08 Jan 2006Time: 18:40:56
What a super site, found by chance through your photo of the Rose & Crown pub in St Michaels Village, St Albans. Keep up the good work!
Date: 06 Jan 2006Time: 05:54:28
I'm an American Army National Guard Soldier in Iraq, and I've been able to see many of the sites in your family's pictures... it's really awesome to see these sites when it was a much safer place. Maybe it'll be some insight into the future of this country. I hope my children, someday, can enjoy Iraq as your family did in the past. Thanks. Specialist Jonathan Blake Silvers, Georgia ARNG Al Hillah, Iraq
Date: 16 Dec 2005Time: 10:01:38
We stumbled on your website by accident whilst researching Al Khobar for a potential move there from Beijing. What an enjoyable experience to read through the years - you must be so proud. Our own life reflects some of the things that you have experienced, we have lived and worked in Dubai, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, China and soon to be KSA. Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventures with us all. Best wishes John And Flor Dennis firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 14 Dec 2005Time: 16:13:55
I have had a great evening looking at your photos from all over the world. I worked and lived in Riyadh for 2 years in 1988. I was fascinated at the compound you lived in........what superb facilities. I stayed in a private villa with a shared pool when I worked in the Riyadh Dental Center. I did visit some compounds and the most impressive one back then was an american compound called Al Yahmama. Laura Gibson, East Kilbride, Scotland
Date: 11 Dec 2005Time: 23:30:04
What an excellent site, you should publish some of your pictures. You have now given me an idea for something for The Girls benefit.Take care
Date: 09 Dec 2005Time: 20:20:32
I was allowed to visit Baghdad in 1976 on a VISA obtained through the French Embassy who had an American working in the American Interests Section. I am trying to remember who that on loan State Department official was. Hunter A. Poole, Sr. Former Chief of International Section of NC Dept. of Commerce
Reply from Richard: The senior American Diplomat in Baghdad when we were there (1973-5) was Arthur L. Lowrie - although he certainly would have had other American Staff working in Baghdad at the time.
Date: 09 Dec 2005Time: 15:37:57
Hi, We found your web site by accident whilst searching for the British Club Baghdad, I was working there between 1974 to 76, i remember all the locations in your photos. Nice site email@example.com
Date: 08 Dec 2005Time: 02:46:29
Riyadh Oh Lovely Riyadh A lovely digital/colorful story/pics. Great efforts to share this totally different experience of Riaydh specially for western world with every one. I really did like it. My special interest is due to Riyadh K.S.A as me too living in Riyadh with family. Cheers, Shahzad
Date: 06 Dec 2005Time: 12:34:40
Extremely nice site with extremely useful info and pictures from places around the world. Keep updating it! Adrian
Date: 27 Nov 2005Time: 18:23:44
it is nice pictuers in saudi arabia .I love this country.
Date: 20 Nov 2005Time: 19:36:22
Marvelous!! Congratulations for the beautiful life God is giving to you. You are showing us how "maravilhoso" is the world, traveling with family. Maria Alghamdi
Date: 20 Nov 2005Time: 02:16:12
Greetings from Australia. Stumbled across your web site somehow. Great stories indeed! Keep well, Ben - Sydney, Australia
Date: 12 Nov 2005Time: 19:37:22
Wow...wonderful photos. I live in Tajima (northern part of Hyogo) and was delighted to see some familiar spots around Kansai! Especially with such wonderful camera work!
Date: 10 Nov 2005Time: 15:48:11
To the Ambler Family, thanls for sharing your journeys with us. We are on Hamra Compound Riyadh starting to enjoy life again after issues of 2003. Best of luck with your future travels Masalama Terry, Gaylene & kids
Date: 10 Nov 2005Time: 15:19:47
journey n adventure makes life experienced.... ali
Date: 04 Nov 2005Time: 13:49:45
thanks for those fine pics of Japan from France, Metz city
Date: 05 Oct 2005Time: 09:33:32
Hi Amblers,This is Fran, from Spain !!!! I really feel green of envious after visiting your web !!!! From my side, I also have a lot of changes. I got married 3 months ago. Yes, it is true !!!. I took the decision after years thinking about it (Ja ,ja, ja ??). And I have a "big family" with 2 daughters and a another baby coming (next march). Best Regards. Fran
Date: 04 Oct 2005Time: 16:30:20
Hi my name is raiza, I congratulate you for your family page, I have a job offer to work at Jeddah and because I was looking for some information about compounds and schools in Jeddah I found your page. I am thinking seriously about this opportunity but I would like if you can give some information about schools there, because I have a 4 years old boy. I will move there with my family, actually we are 4 because we also have a 10 months old baby girl. My husband and I checked your page and we were asking ourselves how have you dealed with your kids and changing schools? . We really appreciate if you can give us any other experience about this topic. Regards and thanks in advance, Raiza Rodriguez (Venezuela) firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 15 Sep 2005Time: 19:26:01
Quelle vie, quels voyages, quels mondes sont les vôtres ! Vous avez une belle famille, saine et souriante - ou peut-être n'est-ce qu'une illusion photographique ? J'espère que non ! J'ai beaucoup aimé ce mélange de spectacle, d'intimité, de travail et de loisirs. Félicitations pour la qualité de votre site. Faites de ma part un baiser à Verity-sourire et à la belle Clair, dites mon estime à Edward, si sûr et si consciencieux au piano. Jean-claude Hubi, Vence, France email@example.com
Date: 07 Sep 2005Time: 13:33:12
I guess I'm the same as everyone else found your website by accident. Enjoyed your pictures and storys. Hope you continue adding to your website. You have a very beautiful family. Yvonne
Date: 07 Sep 2005Time: 02:12:15
Hello, I'm Ralph Michael Ambler, from Cumbria, the English Lake District.
Date: 10 Aug 2005Time: 04:35:28
Hi Richard, I was looking for restaurants in Jeddah online and I stumbled on your website and I was hooked and had to read it all! I have lived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for the last 15 years and many of your experiences/holidays mirror my own, except I am single and haven't had the pleasure of sharing the experiences with my family. I am off to Jeddah this evening for a weekend of snorkelling, shopping and eating, then off to the States in three weeks for a friend's wedding. I loved your site! Sharon
Date: 05 Aug 2005Time: 14:01:53
Hi There- Found your website purley by accidient. Was looking for some information on the AMbler Coffee Co in Pennsylvania, USA. Your site came up and I was intrigued by the headlines, "Sailing in the Canary Islands". I happen to be a sailor as well and was quite inspired by your pics! Im an avid traveler too so all the pics are really great! THanks for the entertainment! Daniel Shaw, Conshohocken, PA, USA
Date: 04 Aug 2005Time: 01:17:38
Hey I'm Gabe, from Denton, Tx..stumbled upon your site by searching for stuff about chicago, thanks so much for sharing all of your pictures, it really makes me want to travel more, the world can be such a beautiful place.
Date: 02 Aug 2005Time: 00:12:07
Wow what an interesting time you have had! My family and I lived in Riyadh from 1998-2002 on the Arabian Homes compound. I am an Australian living in California and have travelled about almost as much as you. I miss the expat live style and am always on the look out for an opportunity OS.
Date: 30 Jul 2005Time: 14:00:32
Hi Amblers, Stumbled upon your site while looking for something else... GREAT site. I'm so jealous of you with all the travelling you do! We (my husband and I) were in Saudi same time you were there... We lived in Jeddah in 1996/7 and back to Riyadh in 1998 to 2000. I LOVED it there. We often wish we were back in Jeddah, if only for the snorkeling... regards, Jannie Letter Holland
Date: 27 Jul 2005Time: 02:24:45
Greetings from Switzerland! Just by accident I dropped in your wonderful website. It's really great! I also lived 3 years in Riyadh during my posting at the Swiss Embassy in the Diplomatic Quarter. You certainly know it. It was a great time - but now I realize also, Riyadh changend enormously! I lived for 17 years abroad - in many different countries so I know that there are also many difficulties to manage - especially with family. But it's worth whyle! Hope you will come once to beautiful Switzerland, actually it's not so expensive as everybody says.... but you get something for your monney! Spectacular mountains, beautiful little cities, nice people and a lot more! So long! All the best for your future! Markus form Berne
Date: 24 Jul 2005Time: 19:27:50
What a great web site! Lovely pictures too. I was looking for pictures of Glencoe as I had one of the best holidays of my life there, and found you along the way! Ah yes, the wonderful Glagaig (sp?)Inn. Keep up the good work, Love Rich
Date: 23 Jul 2005Time: 16:43:13
What a wonderful site. I have similar adventures and would love to start a similar sight of my own, how does one take their first step? Todd
Reply from Richard:
To answer your question I subscribed to www.anythingemail.comFor about $50 per year and they gave me my email addresses where I chose my own domain name (@theamblerfamily.com) and 5Mb of free web space. I didn’t expect to use the web site at first but the offer comes with some free web publishing software which you can download and which I played with late one night whilst suffering from my usual jet lag. It’s a bit clunky but is no harder to use than any other software. It comes with templates and is moderately flexible – certainly good enough for publishing a few photos and a bit of text. However the 5Mb soon ran out and I found the software a bit restricting. I bought more web space from the same company, but this time I pay about $10 per month for the email and web site. I then bought Microsoft Front Page web publishing software. This is a bit like using MS Word or PowerPoint and easy enough for simple stuff and offers more flexibility. Anythingemail.com has been prompt and helpful in replying to technical questions and issues.
I hope this helps
Best wishes Richard
Date: 20 Jul 2005Time: 04:46:03
hi, I'm from south Korean. I really envy your family life..... I want to live like your family life in the future.. good luck to your family!!!!
Date: 19 Jul 2005Time: 23:04:39
Date: 17 Jul 2005Time: 19:52:01
Richard, Howdy from Orinda, California. This is just outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, 'bout 20 miniutes to the City. I appreciate your site. I am digital artist and right now we are producing a whole lot of images and animations for a project in Nakheel, SA. I was googling for Street lamps as we are building a 3d representation of a small (big) city. I quickly purused through your site and got the idea that I better landscape it up as much as possible. I will return and take a more leisurely ramble. I will send you a photo of me as I was going up for a photo shoot over Oakland. All the best and the world is looking to England for a rational best way out of this mess. We ain't gonna get it from our leaders, that's fersure. Michael Sechman
Date: 17 Jul 2005Time: 07:01:48
¡Hola! This is Hamzah from Jeddah, but I’m at Manchester for my Bachelor degree. I’d love to be in your shoes… I can only imagine how cool it must be to be traveling around so often. Anyways just someone else has pointed out, Jeddah has changed pretty much; hundreds of beach resorts, thousands of malls, and lots of check points. Seriously it is getting really ridiculous, can’t blame them though. Anyways, wish you more exciting adventures and feel welcome to adopt me when ever you wish ;p take care, Hamzah F Kattan
Date: 14 Jul 2005Time: 21:08:14
Dear Richard, Thankyou very much for sharing your wonderful pictures to all of us who have never really seen the world. You capture such beautiful pictures of Japan, countries in the Middle East, and of many other places that I can only dream of visiting. I came across your web site when I began searching for information about Japan. Actually I had thoughts about what it would be like to live in another country that I am fascinated with. The way they live, communicate, their relationships in regards with nature, people, and business. Then againm, since I have two kids, how could this be possible. I read through many of your family journeys across many continents. It is possible. What a wonderful life you and your wife have given to your children. Right now it may not be financilly possible for my family to travel abroad, but we do visit museums, local festivals, national parks, beautiful beaches, and family and friends. After viewing your website I feel excited on working on developing my families albums and writing short descriptions or stories on these events. Are you a professional photograper? Cause your pictures are excellent. Thankyou to you and your family . I can not wait to see the world. Springmoon
Date: 08 Jul 2005Time: 01:55:02
hi there, ifound this site while iwas searching for some pic's of jeddah's down town and the old buldings, it seems that you had a nice time in jeddah. iused to live next to siara compound. well jeddah have totaly changed now. this site also has many amazing pic like the kandy in sirilanka etc.. iwounder if you have tried diving tried in abo tair corals(island) in jeddah, if not try it next time. i hope you had a nice time while living in jeddah and saudi arabia. best wishes for you and your family yazz (jeddah boy)
Date: 27 Jun 2005Time: 23:36:09
Hii Richard and Clair n the kids how r u guys? nice pics!and very very very nice site!i like it so much here Wijdan from KSA"Riyadh" i really really enjoy this site!!so perfect and Walt Disney!!just WOW!lol actully i like those pics about Jeddah -Riyadh-Abha :D so nice pics i wish i can visit British someday? i have little Comment about fun in KSA i mean there is a lot of stuff to have fun!going out with friends!meet friends u can go to shopping..u can go to coffee u can go anywhere u want? and u know?alcohol"i am not sure of the spell"i think it is unhealthy!!so better to take it out..right?;) but u know still now we can't drive :S anyway i wish that u will comeback to visit Saudi Arabia :) with love: Wijdan
Date: 10 Jun 2005Time: 12:06:30
hi richard, clair, edward and verity, just been on your website and all the pictures look fab!!! see you soon! love catherine, ben, eleanor and rosie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: 06 Jun 2005Time: 09:44:19
Well, I stumbled by by accident too...my name is Verity as well!! My Mum always said that she didn't think it could be shortened, but hey, I have always been known as Vez...so you never know!! Great site and beautiful photos.
Date: 04 Jun 2005Time: 08:25:05
Hi Richard, An excellent website you have going here. Well done and I am sure your kids will cherish all this bank of suberp records and pictures, long after you and I are gone. Hopefully if Edward and Verity can maintain the tradition, imagine what tremendous record of information and records the family will have 50 or 100 years from now. Hopefully your grand kids may also continue the website and all the future generations. After viewing your website, I have also decided to set up a website on my family as well, especially now that we are leaving jeddah after 5 years of stay here and moving to Dubai. Best Rgds, M O Mirza (a Banker). May contact you later to get a few tips on website development and updating. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 03 Jun 2005Time: 15:06:15
hi richard and family a lovely site !! i am moving shortly from england to riyadh i have never been there, u gave me an idea of how life is going over there especially with the driving license, can u tell us more plzzz u can email me on email@example.com
Date: 02 Jun 2005Time: 00:00:30
Hi Richard and family! You don't know me, but I was seeking out photos, etc about living in Riyadh as my family will be moving there shortly. Like you, we have travelled around that area of the world a bit, with a few years spent in Kuwait. We just returned last September from living for a year in England, which we quite enjoyed (except the high cost of what we Canadians would consider substandard housing!). I love the timeline idea and your photos are fabulous. You have really captured a lot of things that are interesting to world travellers. I know I definitely will be heading to south-west Saudi once we get settled in. Thanks for sharing your photos with the world!
Date: 15 May 2005Time: 08:03:23
Great pictures of Japan and the links are useful for expats....Thanks! Simon
Date: 14 Apr 2005Time: 11:05:18
Hi, this request may seem a bit strange, but I am a student at the University of Florida, and I'm doing a Web site project on Japan. You have some amazing pictures of Japan, and I was hoping you would give me permission to use some of the landscape pictures you have on your site. It would be solely for educational purposes, and you would be properly credited. Please let me know whether or not it would be okay. Thanks! Sincerely, June
Date: 16 Mar 2005Time: 12:04:22
Oh my goodness.... The Bungie Jump just looks insane..... You kept your form pretty well when the spring kicked in. But Richard, looking through the rest of your pictures through out the years... they took my breath away... some of them certainly deserve to be in National Geographic. The brilliant colours in your skies, the contour of the mountains, the waves caught in still motion... its brilliant! Anyway, thanks for the distraction. MT
Date: 10 Mar 2005Time: 10:56:56
hi, good pics of jeddah on your web site, i fear its change though since the troubles, but still hot and sunny...
regards steve dangerous....some internet cafe on sari street,,,
Date: 23 Jan 2005Time: 14:38:38
Hey, my name is juan. I live in skokie and found your website by accident while browsing for places where to go sleeding in chicago. I have a similar website with plenty of pictures of my travels most of them around the country, hopefully pretty soon it turns to be pictures from trips around the world like yours. Anyways, just to let you know, nice website, I may steal a couple beautiful pics you have from chicago. bye bye.
Date: 15 Dec 2004Time: 14:48:59
Hi!!!!! I'm Edgard Ambler...I'm from Chile, Southamerica. I knew about you for your web site, which it's so good. I tell you that my ancestors come from England, my great-grandfather arrived to Chile from England, I don`t remember exactly the year in this moment. I would like to be contact to know about you and your family because we could be relatives (family). Waiting your answer...sincerely... Edgard Ambler Bascuñán La Serena, Chile