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As the traffic in Beirut is generally really bad, we needed to be up and out by 9am. Baalbek is about a 2 hour drive from the house.
The roads were **** - there were massive pot holes and no lane markings - but the drivers were even worse. We made it to Baalbek in one piece with no real issues, I think Gary only had road rage about 6 or 7 times so it was a good start to the day.
We didn't really have brekky so we stopped off at a ...
Mount Lebanon is the mountain range that divides Lebanon in an overcrowded Western coastal strip and an empty, Eastern fertile valley. But Western and Eastern does not only refer to the geographical sides of the mountain, it also defines a cultural split. The coastal strip is modern, comparatively rich, and remarkably un-Arab, for want of better description. Across the mountains the Bekaa Valley, and especially the northern part of ...
Our final stop in Lebanon was Baalbek, the base for Hezbollah – the anti-Israel fighting group. We had a ****** time getting there.. a whole day affair and we kept getting ripped off by bus drivers which is obviously overly frustrating. I was tired and fed up and had a little cry in the back of the bus and a soldier noticed and he ended up paying our bus fare and then driving us into the city. ...
... most famous for his 26-poem essay The Prophet
has his tomb, manuscripts, and works of art for viewing...at least
that's the word on the street. When we arrived the museum was closed.
... lasted little over 50 years. The Umayyad era lasted little longer.
And so to Baalbeck. These are the some of the most important Roman ruins in the World, including both the largest temple in the world (Jupiter) and the best preserved (Bacchus). The size of these was quite awe-inspiring. It was also interesting how Baalbeck had changed through the different periods. Before the Romans this was known as "Heliopolis" by the Greeks. The Romans ...