Al Bustan Hotel
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Things were sweet for a while with the full moon lighting up the night sky. I wish I'd paid greater attention to my horoscope for the day warning that the full moon in cancer would be intense and difficult. I've been debating whether to write about this for fear of worrying those at home, but the purpose of this blog is to be an open account of my experiences and this has been a big event along the journey. And so here is a watered down version ...
... A delicious way to end our stay.
We said goodbye to Marlene who had come to visit and then watched a movie, The Lucky One - only a 5 out of 10 I'm afraid. Then it was time for sad goodbyes to both Tania and Pierre before bed as we are leaving the house at 4.30m in the morning.
Thank-you Lebanon (and especially the Mourad Family) you have been beyond AMAZING.
... tombs decoratively carved and mosaics and marble floors still present in places in between the tombs.
Another southern port of note is Jiyeh, ancient Porphyrion, not because of what is there today – very little -, but because of what has been. In 1987, in the middle of the civil war, construction
workers found a series of 4th and 5th Century floor mosaics ...
... the ??? Monument he would have liked, was an overly blunt message about being cross-eyed from information overload. His return response: a pointedly polite way of saying **** you. Neither of us landed with certainty of being able to get along.
Neil landed with hotel reservations, the phone number of the cab driver he would call from the airport, the names of restaurants he wanted to try, an ...
... a kitchen! After all, my purpose for being in this part of the world is to write about its cuisine so it's important that I can at least have access to something to cook food at home. The first few days in Beirut were slow. Apart from writing, I had nothing really planned. No language school, no cooking school. I had to start from zero. I had the contact details of a few people through friends back in Sydney so I always knew that somehow, this experience ...