Travel Blogs from Douma
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 ...
We cross the mountains this morning to visit a few sites in the beautiful Bekaa Valley, just a few miles from the Syrian border. We have been hoping to organize an optional day trip to Damascus (since we are so close), but the news today isn't at all good and we decide the idea is foolhardy.
Our first visit is to the ruins of an ancient settlement at Anjar, dating back to the 8th Century with ruins of a palace ...
... hosts one of the worlds biggest stalactites in the world which hangs 820 meters from the ceiling. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the cave, which was unfortunate. We walked for about 15 minutes deeper and deeper into the cave, up stairs and onto platforms where we could look up hundreds of feet, then look down hundreds of feet. It was remarkably beautiful. The main rock of the Grotto is limestone that has been shaped and carved by water for over a ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center