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Feb 25, 2010 - St. Charbel

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We decided to stay a couple of nights at the Victory Byblos Hotel in order to recover from the exertion of hiking in the Qadisha Valley, but found that we weren’t as ‘wasted’ as we thought we would be. The manager of the hotel was extremely friendly, and he had plenty of time for us seeing that it was the off-season and there were few other guests. We told him about visiting the monasteries on our hike and he mentioned that there was a large monastery about a half-hour’s drive from Byblos, up in the mountains....

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Feb 22, 2010 - Byblos

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Byblos is considered to be one of the oldest, continuously inhabited towns in the world. It may be derived from the Greek word bublos (meaning papyrus), as it was once a stopping off place for Phoenician shipments of papyrus to Egypt. It was called Gebal in the Bible, the Crusaders called it Giblet and now it is also known as Jbail. This name seems to be more like the ancient name in the Bible. I prefer the name Byblos, but can’t seem to correct my pronunciation from the first time I said the name, I seem to want...

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Nov 22, 2009 - Learning to spell in Byblos

This morning we drove through the mountains and into the Bekka Valley. The region is mainly agricultural and home to many vineyards. We stopped for a tour of Chateau Ksarsa where wine is aged in natural caverns. It was a very atmospheric setting but I couldn’t get too excited about the wine. Perhaps it would have tasted better if it wasn’t 10am. About an hour later we arrived in Baalbek, home to the most important Roman ruins in the Middle East. The huge temple complex actually dates back to the Phoenicians. Over the centuries it has also...

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Lebanon & Ethiopia

Jan 7, 2008 - Stopover in Lebanon

Having had a short stint at home at Chritmas, I headed back to the Middle East via Cyprus (my 1st visit) and Lebanon (2nd visit). LEBANON After three days on the edge of Europe I headed off to Lebanon. The 40-minute flight landed me in a different world. Gone were the metered taxis and in came haggling - it was gone 11pm and of the only two taxi drivers waiting at the airport, one was asleep. The other wanted $40US for the 5km trip into downtown Beirut - I eventually paid $15. Beirut's streets were deserted - probably something to do with...

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SloopWorld

Jul 4, 2006 - Batroun

Since Connect and Lazos are technically two different programs, Mike and I will do some things without the Mexican kids. Today the two of us went to Batroun, the city at the bottom of the mountain that Balamand is on, with Pierre. It was really cool, it still has a wall on the Mediterranean that the Phonecians built 2500 years ago. The history goes from there, with French buildings built literally on top of the Ottoman market, which is still in operation, complete with a TV store and an internet cafe. We ate fish, grapeleaves, and humous...

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Nov 3, 2005 - North of Beirut: Byblos, Bcharee & Baalbek

IN WHICH THE TOUR PARTY ARRIVES, THE WEATHER TAKES A TURN FOR THE WORSE, WE SEE WORLD CLASS STALACTITES AND HIT THE RUINS TRAIL I am travelling with a group of 16 others plus guide and driver. I got here almost two days in advance. They arrived on the evening of 29 Oct. Their trip gets off to as good a start as mine: their plane (a direct flight) is late and is combined with another: in addition one of their number misses the flight altogether! Their luggage arrives but I have to wait two hours for them. Rather more of concern is that it...

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Apr 3, 2005 - Tripoli, Lebanon

In Tripoli, two hours later, about 5 we had tea-$2 US ea and found a very nice hotel El Koura, Rue Tall, ph,361-3326803...wonderful people convinced that the opposition is the majority and they will win the election in May! Cost for the hotel was $60 US or $12 pp again a shock to our budget...the one in Beirut was $14 pp both very nice but obove our budget! Getting up again at 7, they serveed us a nice breakfast and we took off for Bcharre' and the Kadisha Valley where Maronite Monasteries abound and the famous Cedars of Lebanon! The took...

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