Sidling through Sidon

Trip Start Apr 22, 2011
Trip End May 15, 2011

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thirty miles south of Beirut is the ancient city of Sidon, inhabited for more than 4,000 years B.C. A desirable port, it fell under the dominion of many different powers, and has fortresses, bazaars, hammams and mosques. We begin by visiting the fortress built by the Crusaders in the early 13th century on a small island connected to the mainland by a causeway.

We wander through a labyrinthine souk, and stop for coffee at a fascinating soap factory which has now been converted into a museum. Next we see the Khan el Franj, a caravanserai where travelers stayed and did commerce. It is being converted into a hostel, and we were able to look into some of the basic rooms.

On to our next destination for the day . . . Tyre
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