Stories & Pictures | August 1, 2015 | By

Most cities by the sea posses a certain kind of beauty. Beirut is one of those cities. Like a beautiful woman who is aware of her looks and awaits for no adoration, there is blue wherever you look; a clear sky that is adorned with the beautiful blue Mediterranean sea.

It was a brief trip we took- luckily there was enough time to visit a mountain area an hour outside Beirut called Jbeil. The latter was really the high light of our trip. Jbeil had an exciting street life with bars scattered around and little churches placed in various areas.

What was striking about the food we had in Lebanon was how fresh the fruits and vegetables were. Unglamorous pool side dishes like fatoush salad and grilled shishtaouk were excellent. We tried a fusion restaurant called Casablanca– I had a shiitake spring roll dipped with minted soya sauce with grilled Asparagus.  

Last day in Beirut my daughter, dad and myslef decided to venture into down town- riding in a taxi in Beirut is fun- sometimes taxi drivers can be moody and rude- but the guy that we rode with was witty and we laughed a lot at his jokes- of course he completely ignored our request to not light up a cigarette in the car because we had a child with us. All in all it was a happy and short trip and i have to say it felt safe to be there- even though it was empty of tourists.


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    August 2, 2015

    Lara, I would love to go back to Beirut but I am a bit nervous with all the troubles so close. I so hope Lebanon stays out of it.
    I recognise the couple of beach scenes. Are the Pigeon Rocks still surrounded by plastic bags? When I was there two years ago I was so disappointed to see all the pollution.

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    August 2, 2015

    Hi Glenda: I know that the news people hear all over about the middle east is scary but I promise you it was very quiet and safe. Check points everywhere and security scattered around. Family and friends live in Lebanon- no one feels threatened as such. Let me know if you need a hotel booking or anything for that matter- maybe I could even meet you there if work permits- such a beautiful city… Yes I did notice the pollution in one specific area in the sea- it didn’t look great… and people there complain a lot about corruption and internal politics. xxxx

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    Kathy Sullivan
    August 3, 2015

    Glad you enjoyed the gentle pleasures of Beirut area — thanks for nice memories. Look forward to seeing you back in Amman.

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    August 3, 2015

    Hi Kathy- I am back- after Beirut I went to Italy:). Let us meet for a nice meal somewhere?

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    August 4, 2015

    Loved reading about your trip .. Soothing .. And soon look forward to see you sooooon! Xoxo to you and Salma.

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    October 11, 2015

    Photos look beautiful Lara – would love to go there xx

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