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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 […]

Pigeon Rocks, Beirut

Wordless Wednesday – Pigeon Rocks, Beirut

Sunset Over Pigeon Rocks, Beirut

In The Lebanon – Part Two

We had arranged a taxi to take us on a grand tour to see the oldest cedar trees (the symbol of the country) in Lebanon, onto the ancient port city of Byblos (both the Bible and the word for ‘books’ in many languages are derived from the city’s name) and finally on to the northern […]

In The Lebanon – Part One

Whilst growing up, Lebanon was synonymous with the civil war which divided Beirut into East & West sections, Druze militia, Hezbollah and kidnappings. The Human League famously sang, “who will have won, when the soldiers have gone, in the Lebanon?” Well I won’t debate the answer to that one, but peace was restored in 1990. […]

Friday Photo – 8

This photo was taken in May 2000 in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. We had hired the taxi driver to take us from Beirut to the Roman ruins at Baalbek and the Umayyad ruins of Anjar. The driver amused us all day by constantly wiggling his little finger in his right ear, presumably due to an itch. At times […]

Sunset

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 […]

CABLE CAR – MY THIRD TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I nearly plumped for my only ever camel ride in Egypt, but instead decided to recount my journey on The Téléphérique (proudly delivered in 1965 just like me!), a precipitous cable car ride starting at the bay of Jounieh, a city 16KM outside Beirut in Lebanon. It was the year of my marriage in 2000 and against […]