Category Beirut

Battle-scarred buildings, Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut – A Scarred City

The explosion at the port of Beirut and the terrible aftermath is painful to watch. A city and its people that suffered so much in the bloody civil war of the ’80s are in anguish once more. It never rains but it pours – economic hardship, Covid 19 and now this awful avoidable tragedy. I […]

Civil War Memorial, Beirut, Lebanon

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #6 – Beirut

#6 – Beirut, Lebanon (population estimated 1.3 million) I visited the Lebanese capital in 2000 with Hamish, a mighty fine way to start our travels in the new millennium. Beirut had been synonymous with civil war, terrorism & kidnapping but the city I visited was more akin to the Paris of the East title it […]

In The Lebanon

As I laboriously proof read the draft of my forthcoming book focusing on Eastern Europe, my mind has started to wander to think about starting my next one, most likely to chronicle my travels in The Middle East & Far East. In my usual style, I have started sending myself e-mails as I commute to […]