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... in that late in years!
We met up with everyone by 10:15 and headed down to the Beirut Souks (Beirut market). Picked up some freshly made pita sandwiches and had wine by 10:45 am (love it!) I bought a huge home made preservative free fruit roll up for Jimmy (strawberry flavour) and almost bought a $35 ostrich egg LOL! I can't even imagine how big my fried egg would be if I did buy it. It was massive and heavy ...
... accept for the head lights. Then we pulled up in a dark corner at the back of the bus station and they told us we were there! We were sceptical however, but we went up some steep steps and found cafe Em!! "the cave". Everything was shut up and quiet so they turned on the lights and some fans in the cafes outside seating area and told us we could sleep there. We found the comfiest looking sofa we could in the best fan position and settled down in a pile. Ellie Wright kept turning ...
... turned into a pedestrian area, and the upmarket shops – every expensive brand has an outlet here – are not exactly teeming with people. The old Beirut souk received a make-over, too, and has been turned into a modern shopping mall, retaining only the names, but none of the atmosphere of a real souk. It is not very busy when we visit on a Friday afternoon, and it doesn’t seem like turnover is high. But it looks beautiful.
... You can't get anything done unless you pay bribes and get to know the right people." A university student came in and spoke with Moe in Arabic then left. Moe turned back to us. "Living in the U.S. didn't go too good either."
"When I opened my import business the FBI started watching me."
"What? Why would the FBI care about importing clothes or shoes or whatever?"
... front desk man at the Port View Hotel told us to go to 15 km to
Jounieh, "where the bars and Christians are, Muslim families won't be
staying there" True enough we found a room at the Zoukotel Hotel. The