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Apr 13, 2011 - Lebanon

Lebanon is a small country, about 200km from north to south, with Beirut halfway along the coast. This made unpacking in the capital for 5 days a wonderful and welcome option. Beirut is a fascinating city. Although the scars of the not too distant civil war remain apparent, the downtown and waterfront areas are being rebuilt. With its’ French architecture, beautiful Mediterranean location and backdrop of snowcapped mountains, it’s easy to understand why it has been dubbed the Paris of the east. Sadly though, machine gun toting soldiers and...

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Dec 12, 2010 - LEBANON

(I have to tell you that my English has become "travelers english" which means that I may include British and Australian sayings and also you can imagine that I'm speaking in slow, broken sentences and probably also speaking a bit louder, as if that will help the other person understand. :) I arrived in Beirut about a week ago, and thankfully, the weather was still perfect. Beautiful, sunny, and warmer than Damascus. But yesterday and today we've had torential downpours and the temperature has dropped. Though the land certainly needs the...

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Eva's Big Adventure

Feb 27, 2010 - Beirut

@@@@@@@ We arrived safely back at the Cavalier Hotel and the doorman took the car and parked it for us in a nearby lot. We were so happy to be back safe and sound from our first adventure renting a car outside of North America. There wasn’t a scratch on the car and we were in good shape too, despite our misadventure in the Qadisha Valley. It was Friday night in the Big City, but we were too tired to even think of taking in Beirut’s famous nightlife. A hot shower and more Winter Olympics on television suited us just fine. We headed around...

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Feb 26, 2010 - Beyrouth

@@@@@@@ Believe it or not, it took me a few days to understand that the signs I was seeing, in large, bold letters BEYROUTH, was actually the French spelling for Beirut. I know that so many cities in the world have different spellings from those that English speakers use, but I didn’t catch on very quickly here. Of course, the signs in Arabic are different yet again, but I am completely illiterate in Arabic, so that doesn’t count. We had decided to drive south from Byblos and visit some interesting sites in the Chouf Mountains, south and...

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Feb 17, 2010 - Beirut

@@@@@@@ This is one of the first times in a very long while where I didn’t feel any culture shock when I arrived in a new country/city. Maybe I’m beginning to ‘manage my expectations’ better. I do think that the week we spent in Amman, Jordan before heading to Delhi helped me adjust. I knew that we were coming to visit a once stunning city that had been nearly destroyed by a 30-year civil war, so I didn’t expect it to be as beautiful as it was during the 1960s when it was known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East. When I lived for almost a...

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Dec 3, 2009 - Breakfast in Bed

I’m so glad I decided to stopover again in Beirut. Of course it helped that this time I was staying at one of the city’s top hotels. Le Vendome Intercontinental literally drips with European elegance. Despite my 2:00am arrival the staff was incredibly welcoming. I was whisked off to my room where a tray of pastry and fresh fruit was waiting. There was even a welcome card from the manager. It took me a while to settle in to the opulent surroundings. Fortunately I had no where special to be in the morning. After a great night sleep I ordered...

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Lebanon & Ethiopia

Dec 2, 2009 - A Glimpse of Mecca

My final day in Ethiopia got off with an African bang. We arrived at Axum airport to find the lines out the door. Many of the pilgrims who came for the holy day were all trying just to get in the building. There was much unChristian behavior as people jumped the queue from all directions. The armed guards only only assisted in the bad behavior. One in particular guard kept letting large groups of Ethiopian in before me despite my standing before him, passport in hand. I'm afraid I got all Ugly American on his ass when he finally accepted...

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Lebanon & Ethiopia

Nov 23, 2009 - Rest Before the Flight In to Addis

We left Byblos around 11am and came back to the same hotel in Beirut (personally I think it would have been easier to stay there all along). The whole day was free so a bunch of us started walking towards the eastern side of the city. It can be a bit confusing because there are streets with armed guards at the end. They're usually keeping out cars but sometimes people too. There are also a lot of buildings you aren't allowed to photograph. It's too bad because there's some amazing architecture. Eventually we found are way over to Place...

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Lebanon & Ethiopia

Nov 21, 2009 - Good Morning Beirut

Sometimes I can tell how good a tour is going to be just from the arrival at the airport. So far this looks promising. Not only was the guide waiting for me at the airport, he said I could take the bus with the rest of the group (even though I hadn't paid for it). This is quite a change from the start of my disastrous cruise on the HMS Bedbug. On that trip I ended up stranded at Sao Paulo airport. Our guide for this tour speaks english perfectly and the group seems very nice. Our hotel is pretty nasty but they have WI-FI so Life is good....

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Lebanon & Ethiopia

May 29, 2009 - Beirut, Lebanon

When we purchased the second half of our main airline tickets, we bought tickets from India to Dubai, Dubai to Jordan, Amsterdam to Dublin (Dublin was technically a "free stopover"), etc., we left a big hole ... landing in Amman, Jordan on May 16th and departing from Amsterdam, Netherlands on September 8th. We knew we would spend a large amount of time in Turkey, but didn't know for sure if we would go somewhere else between Jordan and Turkey. Jordan and Turkey (especially Turkey) are both generally perceived as moderate, western-friendly...

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Dec 22, 2008 - Homesick in Lebanon

12/22/08 Lebanon has had a turbulent past, but because my friends, Loubna Atoui and Mark and Fiorella Kassab, have told me wonderful things and shown me beautiful pictures about this trouble country, we arranged for a day trip from Damascus. We first visited the Roman ruins of Baalbek, a large archeological site featuring a building devoted to our favorite god, Bacchus, the god of wine. While the Romans spent 250 years to construct the site and thousands of slaves, they did not complete it. The guide also informed us that many of the...

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Aug 27, 2007 - Loving Lebanon!!!

I'm in Lebanon!!! It's Monday right now and I've been here since Thursday. The flight wasn't so bad. A direct flight to Paris then a short layover then another flight to Beirut. As soon as people see my last name, they assume I'm Lebanese visiting family. The Lebanese visa guy asked if I was originally from Lebanon and coming for a visit. Kind of strange for me since I'm so use to "did your parents change your name when you came over?" in the US. But onto Lebanon... My friend's brother and his cousin picked me up from the airport and we...

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