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Today I was sick, probably from drinking from a contaminated spring. Well, contamination is relative... I didn't have the required immunity ;-) I still had a lovely time walking around in Aaqoura. It was actually a nice change and my knees needed the rest too. There was plenty of exploring to do and after finding a convenience store to get some mobile credit and a can of iced tea I ...
Today's trail highlight was Tannourine Nature Reserve. I actually got cold here, and had to use my jacket! I enjoyed the thorough change of climate from Kuwait, where the searing heat of summer had only just passed. It's quite something walking outdoors and feeling like your eyes are burning, something similar to opening the door of the oven with your face too close. Here in Lebanon the weather was perfect for hiking, nice and cool. ...
... 8211; an OK hotel, but not more than that, and with the enormous draw-back that it didn’t serve alcohol. I can imagine that in Arab countries, or in Pakistan – although even in Pakistan foreigners can drink in certain parts of the better hotels – but in Lebanon this seems rather overdone, even in more conservative Tripoli. Certainly, the television in the dining room was not censored, and showed ...
... main temple it is just as awe-inspiring. The very impressive atmosphere of the ruins was made rather special by the fact that everything was covered in snow (including us!). All of the ornately carved column capitals and porticos had snow clinging to them, the snow was falling heavily and being swirled around in every direction by the wind, and we were the only ones in the whole site. Aside from the fact that we couldn't feel our feet it was quite ...
... and enigmatic holy places of ancient times. Long before the Romans conquered the site and built their enormous temple of Jupiter, long even before the Phoenicians constructed a temple to the god Baal, there stood at Baalbek the largest stone block construction found in the entire world. It contains the largest and most noble Roman temples ever built, and they are among the best preserved. One thing that I really enjoyed about Baalbek not counting ...