Day trip to Lebanon
Trip Start Jul 01, 1997
44Trip End Oct 29, 1997
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Arrived at the highlight of the day, Baalbek, a magnificent set of Roman ruins that, in my ignorance, I'd never heard of before. It was totally amazing. Had a guide take us round the enormous site. Most of the site was one building, the Temple of Jupiter
Afterwards we drove over the mountains to Beirut. Reconstruction was evident everywhere. Just about every building was riddled with bullet holes. In contrast to Syria, nearly everyone was wearing western dress. Once at the sea front you got a feeling of how cosmopolitan it had once been. I was surprised to see a ferris wheel - not something one associates with Beirut. It was very humid in the city, but nowhere near as bad as Iskenderun. Had a large lunch - meze, chicken and rice, watermelon and weak turkish coffee. Visited Martyr's Square which was now a total building site. A group of archeologists is excavating an old Roman settlement that was discovered after the bombing.
Didn't get back to the campsite until late.Passed through Damascus on the way which was lively at night. As it extends up hills, the lights look wonderful twinkling away.