I wandered over into East Beirut (which was held by the Christians during the war), and across houses with beautifully painted shutters like the one in this picture. Red, light blue and green seem to be the most popular with the occasional brown. Reminds me a bit of the bourgeois dwellings as featured in "The Battle of Algiers". All the same, very pretty.
Stoned Assassins, Drunken Partygoers, and the People of God January 3rd 2005 Christmas in Lattakia was a bit of a letdown, and I wanted to see Beirut at its absolute worst (most decadent), so I figured new years would be the time. I also figured there wouldn't be much happening in Hama, which apparently has a reputation for being one of the most religious places in Syria.
Before leaving I visited the Ismaili town of Musyaf, home to the ancient castle of the "Hashashins" ... read more
Middle East » Lebanon » Beirut Lebanon has made progress toward rebuilding its political institutions since 1991 and the end of the devastating 15-year civil war. Under the Ta'if Accord - the blueprint for national reconciliation - the Lebanese have established a more equitable po... ... read more
My trip began (July 19, 2004) as a 14-month leave of absence from my job, with the intention of "seeing the world", and a bunch of unrealistic ideas of what can be accomplished in a year. Turns out a year isn't as long as it seems, so I've recently quit my job (yeay!) to become a full-time traveler. Until, that is, I run out of money or decide I'm ready to rejoin the ratrace.
In the meantime, I'm trying to blog at least once a month from the countries I'm visiting. I'm not interested in Western Europe, so don't expect pictures of Venice here. My blogs are basically my impressions of pla... full info