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Today we took a drive with the groom's older brother and his wife (also friends of ours), to visit some historic villages and have lunch while there. Just the four of us while everyone else did their own thing.
First stop was in the town of Beittedine. We were going to visit the historic Beittedine Palace but sadly it's closed on Mondays. The guards were nice enough to let us in just past the gate to take some ...
... in a former Crusader church which is now a mosque, and in the many traces of Roman occupation, most notably the extensive Roman baths. Parts of the Roman road from the port inland have also been unearthed – although I find those less obviously recognizable. The Beirut river, a rather humble stream, at least in September, was once spanned by a Roman aquaduct, of which the two sides still exist, and I am sure there are many other ...
... that crash, there is a memorial with 73 stones in a circle and all of the names of the soldiers in a pool of water in the middle. Off to the side, in some woods, there are more private memorials to each soldier.
Our final tourist stop on the field trip was at a park with a little stream running through it. There were some waterfalls in the park, as well as signs saying not to swim as there is a drowning danger. I'm guessing that at ...
Maybe this is an ironic statement of getting a benign brain tumor from excessive cell phone usage.
last supper in Cairo was at Gad. We were served up hearty portions of
falafel, fries, ...
Who could have imagined that the Lebanon would be full of banana plantations? but according to the locals the bananas from Somalia are better... Speaking of the Horn of Africa, Ethiopians are everywhere and apparently are the nationality of choice for nannies in Lebanon... Eid was just around the corner so in preparation for this slaughter-filled festival, posters lined the streets of Beirut to encourage people not to be too cruel to sheep...[see pic] ...