Al Bustan Hotel
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... Sam, was leaving the Middle East at the end of January and hadn't visited, we decided to go for it and set off for Beirut in the penultimate weekend of January for 2.5 days of exploration.
Beirut did not disappoint. In comparison to Dubai and its superficiality, Beirut (and the other parts of Lebanon we briefly saw) has an incredible hold on its history, to a semi-tragic extent. The scars of decades of conflict- ruined buildings, ...
... stand amongst the modern, glass, multi-storied skyscrapers, the thirty year old Mercedes taxi still dirves the same street as the ultra modern Porsche and old wooden, two wheeled carts collecting old wares pulled by the energy and muscle of man, the fully clad Muslim ladies walk the same sidewalk, shoulder to shoulder with the young, barely clothed and 'designer clad' yuppies. This is Beirut, a melting pot of different religions ...
... ear to ear. They cleared the table but I wasn't ready for what was to come - an ENTIRE table full of fresh fruit. Not just pieces, but platefuls of at least 10 different fruits - Wow. Add to this the freshly and traditionally prepared custard apple ice cream...I thought I loved it before, but this was something else.
Again we were not allowed to pay (completely spoilt!) and we then made our way back to the apartment for a much needed lie down and snooze after an amazing night :)
... 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 ...
... I didn't really want to drive all that way to stand in front of some statues built to remember a war that didn't really pertain to my existence in any noticeable degree. Plus, I just had breakfast so all was good in my book.
The Lebanese youngsters had recently returned to their hometown after living in Canada for awhile. Neil was enjoying their story. It helped to soften the blow of missing a trip to ...