Riviera Hotel Beirut
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... out Renault. It's door won't shut because the side bin fell off when I opened it to get out. Running repair required.
Pass the military post I'd been chatting with earlier this morning. The soldier calls out and waves me over. He shakes my hand again. He's loving it. Calls two other new soldiers over and waffles on in Arabic along the lines of "This is who I was telling you about". We're introduced and am now on first name terms. He motions ...
... better. Then I realised I had missed my Arabic lesson! I ran to my class room and despite being 2 hours late (and very ill although quite made up) was able to begin class there and then for an intensive 2 hour Arabic tutorial. My tutor is lovely and didnt mind that I was so late because her family own saifi and she had gone to have a shisha with them. Our lesson was very good, and saifi have their own text books which were very well written and accessible. The ...
... need more soldiers like you though," Neil said in response.
"All soldiers in Lebanon are like me."
He gave us directions before we left. "Stay on the street. Take a left then a left then walk straight. Talk with no-one."
Downtown Beirut had been mostly rebuilt following the war. Some of the old buildings remained, still bearing the imprints of battle. Many new towers, apartment lofts, and ...
Onto some vineyards and wine tasting. Ksara wines, which would be the most famous of wineries in Lebanon is open to the public. A brief documentary explaining the wine region and wine making process is down before getting down to the taste testing. 4 small sips of a white, rose, red and a moscato we were then ushed down into the caves to see where they lay the wines (either in bottles or oak barrels!).
We lunched at ...
... really something to see.
On the way out, I just had to buy a couple of souvenirs...plus, I wanted to get a taste of classic Lebanese bargaining. I went into the shop looking for some carved cedar tree pieces that they will write your name on. I settled on two of them (one for me and one for my parents). After some back and forth, we settled on a "fair price" which I was told I was getting by the young Lebanese girl. She was clearly more skilled ...
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