Holiday Inn Beirut Dunes
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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 …
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... and gay rights. We were surprised to hear about it here but the woman was very inspiring and we learned a lot about the conditions of women in the middle east. It was very strange to watch, what would have been a very progressive and shocking film in the Uk, in beirut but we were all very impressed, and even though it's in Arabic, want to find the magazine to buy. The next day we were getting up at 6 to go to the mountains with Bastian and his friends do we went straight to bed that ...
... the park rangers and ended up doing a very short walk through just a small corner of the forest.
Not doing the hike shook up our plans a bit, but ended up working out for the best. We were able to spend the rest of the day in the lovely coastal town of Sidon, working our way through the city's splendid souk and taking in a few historic sites as well.
November 11th-12th: After changing our itinerary around, we'd booked a ...
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