B.C. Ruins & Hezbollah Gunfire!

Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, April 16, 2010

After a night out in Beirut with Art, he went back to Saudi and I headed east for the Roman temples of Baalbek (the Sun City).  Considered the best archaeological site in Lebanon, Baalbek supposedly was built so beautifully that it exceeded anything built in Rome.  Conquered by Alexander the Great and rule over by Julius Caesar, many of the temples (dedicated to gods and goddesses) here took well over 100 years to build.  These include the Great Court, a.k.a. the Sacrificial Courtyard, the Temple of Bacchus (larger than the Parthenon), and the Temple of Jupiter. 

Of course I could go on with the history lesson, but the more interesting aspect of my visit was that while I was strolling the grounds, machine gun fire resonated close by...followed by artillery shelling!  It seems that about 1 kilometer away Hezbollah (Party of God) was fighting  insurgents of some sort.  As the gunfire intensified, I settled myself inside the ruins with their almost 2 feet thick walls and waited for the noise to die down with 2 Frenchmen who were stuck in Lebanon due to volcanic ash.  So we discussed the nice things in life - war, natural disasters, the Reckoning - and went our ways once the war zone relaxed a bit!  Fun, fun, fun in Lebanon! :)
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