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Jeita Grotto, Lebanon

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Jeita Grotto is a cave with a bunch of stalagtytes (sp?). A very nice tourist attraction and a great change from the normal Roman stuff that I had been visiting. Getting to go with the gorgeous Meis (like mice), was an extra kicker even though she wouldn’t wear those styletto boots to trek through the caves, plus she was Jordanian not Lebanese. Such sacrifices I make.

The Pizabridge Romeo and Juliette Stalagtytes Meis and me on the boat tour of the lower caves The Disneyland train Escargot $4.50US a kilo

Byblos, Lebanon plus photos

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Lebanon is similar to Israel and Palestine in that it is a fairly small country physically. This makes it very convenient to do day trips instead of packing up all your stuff and to do an overnighter just to spend a couple of hours in a ruin. Lebanons bus system is very good, so you can basically just take the public buses across the country. Byblos is North of Beirut and is located right on the coast line. Actually, the whole coastline is one big city as you pass resort area after resort area. Lebanon is truly a modern metropolis city and gorgeous to boot.

Byblos was and is an old fishing port which also housed a very large fortress/walled city. The new Byblos formed around it with the similar designer boutique shops as the rest of Lebanon. I didn’t find the ruins as interesting as some of the others, but hanging out on the rocky shore line and watching the guys fishing off the rocks was most pleasant. Grabbing a sidewalk pizza and people watching (hot women in knee high stelletos) rounded out a very nice day.

Byblos fisherman The walled city Write your name Phoenician style

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Photos: Baalbek, Lebanon, The City of the Sun

Sunday, November 11th, 2007
Lion head fountain piece Engravings in the ceiling [Continue reading this entry]

Beirut, Lebanon: Detour to Syria

Saturday, November 10th, 2007
Okay, plan B is in effect. So, with no possibility of entering via Jordan, I took a risk and ... [Continue reading this entry]