Lebanon Journals

Ruins, both Ancient and Modern

A February 1999 trip to Lebanon by boosh

Beirut Dwelling Photo, More Photos
Quote: 10 days hanging out in Beirut and touring the country … taking in the many sites; Baalbek is a must-see! But some of the most fascinating and most meaningful parts of Lebanon are in its contrasts.

Ruins, both Ancient and Modern

Overview

Beirut Dwelling Photo,
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From Damascus, we arrive by taxi ( US each). Immediate reverse culture shock; much more ‘Western’ than I expected. Also immediately apparent is how the civil war left its mark on every part of the city: pock-marked facades and burnt-out buildings as tall as 20 stories high. Some buildings are so badly damaged they should be vacant but the laundry flapping in the breeze on what's left of the balconies reveal their inhabitants. We managed to find our Hotel, The Valerie, and haggled down to US for a triple. The bathroom’s not great but better than the one downstairs. (3 hotels in one building, one per floor). Ventured out to find some grub. The rest of the city is a sort of cr...Read More

Southcape Resort and Club

Hotel | "Mounes Hotel"

Southcape Resort and Club Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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This place was out of our price range but managed to get them down to $30. Good jump off point for Tyre and Saida. Very large hotel but we were the only 4 people there. Felt a little like "Hotel California". The rooms were nice ... a bit 70s ... in a charming way. Our balcony overlooked the Med. The dinner was very good; large platters of Seafood and fresh veg for $10!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2002

Southcape Resort and Club
950 Falmouth Road
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
(508) 477-4700

Skiing in Lebanon

Attraction

Large Cedar Photo, Lebanon, Middle East
Quote:
Drove to the ski slopes in the morning; wonderfully sunny and warm for a February day. We found a ski rental place (all gear $10 US). I finally bought a pair of sunglasses because it looked so bright out on the snow. Skiing in Lebanon is actually not that different from skiing in Canada: Guys showing off, girls trying to turn heads, people butting into line-ups. They only have t-bars and these slopes at home (in BC) would be considered little more than bunny hills but the weather was perfect! Little wisps of cloud came over the perfectly smooth mountains. No trees to be seen save the small patch of cedars in the valley below. Because the mountains were so bare it felt like we were at a really high alt...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2002

Baalbeck

Attraction

Baalbeck Photo, Lebanon, Middle East
Quote:
Even if you think you’ve been ruined by touring so many fine ruins in the Middle East, Baalbeck (10,000 LL) is a real treat and worth the trip. Beautifully set in Lebanon’s Beqqa’a valley, this site includes spectacularly large columns and the largest Roman temple (Bacchus: God of wine) in the world. We toured in February and virtually had the place to ourselves (apart from the half a dozen or so camera-shy, gun bearing soldiers lurking about). Once you get used to the khaki-clad folks appearing and disappearing between pillars, it actually feels like a peaceful place. (Perhaps falsely since 3 days after leaving, reports stated that the Israelis had bombed in the valley).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2002

Unsafe at any Speed

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Story/Tip

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We’d heard from reliable sources that "you’ve decided to risk life and limb if you drive in Lebanon." With that advice in mind we decide to rent a car ($25 US/day). There are few traffic lights in Lebanon. In fact the only lights we see are in Beirut: an apparent novelty to the locals. We draw curious stares from them when we observe a red light. Speed limits are rarely posted and never observed. Speeds range from farm-tractor-slow to BMW-fast. Highway driving is a constant state of overtaking or being overtaken. On a two-lane highway, the actual number of lanes of traffic is in constant flux. A quick honk to the car in front and a flash of the lights to on-coming vehicles will cause...Read More