Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut
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... Eid starts and last night was party, party, party.
So, all of Beirut is hungover and haven't got up yet or there's going to be a terrorist attack that I haven't been warned of. It's like a scene from Vanilla Sky. It's eery. Could have a picnic on the main road through Beirut it's that empty. Continue walking to the marina. Security on practically every street corner. Roads cordoned off with barriers and barbed wire. Stop at one military post ...
... us cokes to celebrate her room warming. Because we had begun our day as slothernly teenagers we decided to continue in that fashion and took a taxi to the ABC shopping mall and spent the day there. It was beautifully air conditioned and had a lovely floor and decor, and all the nicest shops. Because its ramadan all the window displays are extra special so its really pretty. We went for food first and I finally got some falafel!! We decided we would go to ...
... as a different type of government sponsored message. The driver parked and chased me down on foot. "No meters! No meters!" he called. None of the taxis used meters. He reduced his price, still charging too much, but low enough to justify hiring him. I saw it as a bonus for having character and perseverance. Plus, I'm lazy.
He was about my age, maybe a few years older, but he looked many years older. I sat next ...
... country capitals.
Beirut, with its incredible food, European influenced architecture, distinct neighborhoods, and warm people reminds me of Buenos Aires. However, it's a much smaller, friendlier, more navigable Buenos Aires that is located right on the Mediterranean Sea. (they even have the same horrendous level of pollution.)
All in all, I couldn't wish to be anywhere else. I love Beirut, and I'm glad to be ...
... if anything was to happen it would happen on Monday (we fly out Sunday!).
Flying over Kuwait, Syria and into Lebanon was awesome...we had clear views of the landscape below. Kuwait had hundres of oil well circles and Syria and Lebanon the snow capped sand dunes...amazing.
Arriving at a near deserted airport, we taxied into Hamra, one of the areas of Beirut which is known as the shopping district. Road rules? There are no rules? Hang on tight ...