Tag Archives: Jounieh

Pigeon Rocks, Beirut

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #6 – Beirut

#6 – Beirut, Lebanon (population estimated 1.3 million) The hardships currently faced by the Lebanese in general and the Beirutis in particular are hard to bear. The devastating explosion caused by negligent storage of fertiliser is symbolic of a incompetent, corrupt and careless regime. One can only hope that this changes very soon. I visited […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]