"Beirut... Which category?" Beirut by Cham

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Beirut is a very strange place. One minute you are staring across the mediterranean sea walking along the corniche wondering why the McDonalds has Valet parking... people jogging whilst still managing to still look like they have just come out of a salon... the next minute you are in Hamra with shops selling everything from food, to the latest fashions and the area is so built up and full of traffic that you could be in a completely different part of the country... You walk a little further and end up in downtown, pedestrianised... so you hear no traffic... but the area is swarming with people. There are more shops here, restaurants, cafe's, bars nightclubs... and you see everyone enjoying themselves from every generation.... family is very important here.

Beirut is one of those places that has so much history and yet manages to retain this alongside the rennovated areas. You can still see the remains of the Holiday Inn from the Civil war. Yet this building is towering over the pheonicia and the Monroe hotels at the end of the street that look as though they were built yesterday. (In fact the monroe was only completed in the last few months because it wasn't yet finished when i was there in march, but is in full of life now)

Beirut turns an average photographer into a professional as it adds so much life to the photos.

People think of the middle east and they think of muslim countries with strict rules... Lebanon however is a country that manages to create a kind of harmony between christianity and islam. Mosques and Cathedrals stand side by side all over the country but the examples in the downtown area are the most striking.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:People, Food, Culture, Atmosphere, weather, Shopping, nightlife,
  • Cons:Can be addictive
  • In a nutshell:The kind of place that i would tell everyone about... but its *MY* secret!!
  • Last visit to Beirut: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 2, 2005
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  • Marisola's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    I think I like your secret ;)

  • miso80's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Are you really coming to Lebanon in May?

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    I wonder if it is safe to visit Beirut now? But nice tips though --- looks like a cool place!

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2006 at 4:39 AM

    i seriously hope this israeli raid crap ends before nightfall... i'd hate to miss out because of a bully's tantrum (no offense to anyone).

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2006 at 8:15 AM

    Interesting thoughts on Beirut. I would love to see some of your pictures from there also. Your opening photo is beautiful.

  • May 24, 2006 at 8:28 AM

    its very clear, we have the same feelings for Beirut!, my husband is dreaming for an apartment there.Hope we go back July ' 06!

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2006 at 11:49 PM

    Excellent description of Beirut, couldn't have put it better myself!

Cham

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