One upon a time, Afghanistan had a King and a Queen, and they each had their own beautiful palaces, facing each other from opposite hills on the outskirts of Kabul.
And then came war, and the Soviet Army, and then roving bands of criminals and murderers and then the Taliban, and then, nine years ago, the US followed by ISAF.
This place has taken a beating for 30+ years, but on the edges, you can still see signs of what Afghanistan used to be.
Like this once beautiful, and now bullet-scarred, looted, shell of a royal palace. Truly a crying shame.