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... discoveries. That evening, we had dinner at The Gathering (a set of 3 old Beiruti houses now operating as a 3-in-1 restaurant), earned some extra spending money at the Casino du Liban (still in all of its smokey '50s and '60s glory), and spent it all away at 80s night at B0-18 (an underground "bomb shelter" club that opens to the night/dawn sky).
On Friday, we hopped in a car (bad idea given Beirut Friday traffic) and headed an hour ...
... journey was during the Paralympics so we felt like we were taking part, forgoing our safety for the greater good. We arrived alive. There are lots of men aged about 50 who have missing limbs, often you will notice a missing finger or a disfigured hand, the men who were more severely wounded and are now without legs are pushed by their sons along the traffic jams begging for money, and provided they beg to the correct faith of driver they are well recompensed ...
... in "scary Syria"...not sure why but I have being weirdly confident about through Syria from the beginning. And my relaxed attitude to the whole thing were confirmed. Driving through Syria was no different to driving through Turkey or Albania etc. Sure there were one or two military check points where guys brandish their AK-47s but they were quite relaxed and once they saw we had absolutely nothing to hide they really couldn't care ...
... a small mosque. Especially some of the doorway decorations are impressive as examples of Islamic architecture from the 16-18th Century. One of the buildings is being used as office for the municipality, but nobody cares if you walk in – which is what I did, before climbing to the roof for an even better view of the rest of the town.
A little outside town is the Castle Moussa, a contraption ...
... to be cameraman.
We went further and further south, continuing to wind along the narrow two lane road along the arid hillsides overlooking the valley. Occasionally the road led through small villages. Banners hanging over the roadways showed support for certain Hezbollah political figures and the Ayatollah of Iran. There was a checkpoint and we were allowed to go through. Later, at another checkpoint, ...