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I wasn't sure what to expect from Beirut, growing up with the civil war always in the news, but also knowing it was once VERY fashionable and now attracts the worlds top DJ's to it's night clubs. So is it going to be hip or battle scared? Well both Wow, this is a shock, I know I've come from what you would politely call 'filthy' developing world …
The cruise liners still call at the "Paris of the Mediterranean" but the shining, sophisticated Beirut of the past is only just picking itself up and dusting itself off. The turmoil, blood shed and destruction of the past few decades is slowly being patched up but the city itself seems caught between shaking off its trauma and pretending it didn't …
... out Renault. It's door won't shut because the side bin fell off when I opened it to get out. Running repair required.
Pass the military post I'd been chatting with earlier this morning. The soldier calls out and waves me over. He shakes my hand again. He's loving it. Calls two other new soldiers over and waffles on in Arabic along the lines of "This is who I was telling you about". We're introduced and am now on first name terms. He motions ...
... which I was sorry to have missed. (these are all on DVDs I brought along, there is no tv in the room). We were still feeling iffy, but also wanted to get out of the sick room so we ventured to the cafe for a 7up. We played cards for a few hours and it was very restful. Luckily we had bought bread and crisps and cake the day before the wrights fell ill and that could tide us over for the meantime. We felt a little better and decided on having a restful nights sleep. Em ...
... to the east, a district known for bars and night life. The bombed out shell of a cinema building separated Martyr's Square from a main highway cutting through the central district.
Since landing, Neil had one destination in mind. Le Chef. We walked down the narrow, bar lined road cutting through Gemmayze. The place would be easy to find. It was the spot where the owner earned a global reputation for ...
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