Category Archives: Tourism

Week3: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Clouds were gorgeous this week and we got some breathtaking lightening pictures. A perfect weather for fresh Manakish and a hot cup of tea.

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lv2 Sunset – By Chantale Estephan

lv3 Clouds – Picture by Elyssar Najem

lv4 Electrifying – By Sarar Hilal

lv5 Manakish – By DJ Base

CNTraveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2014: Beirut Among The Top 25 Cities in the World

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Beirut is the only Arab city that made it to the CNTraveler Top 25 cities of the world list of 2014. Florence came first, followed by Charleston in South Carolina and Budapest in third position.

Here’s the [full list].

PS: It would be nice if they stop using the same picture of Harissa when talking about Beirut.

Though the Middle East’s current political climate is volatile (and, admittedly, has been for much of the last three millennia), Beirut remains a popular port of call for seasoned and in-the-know travelers. As editor David Jefferys says, “it’s simply a city that won’t die.” This immortality is buttressed by a thriving dining and shopping scene—try Tawlet, the ‘farmers’ kitchen’ of Souk el Tayeb (every day, a different regional Lebanese chef is showcased) and Artisan du Liban et d’Orient for traditional local garments and crafts. Adding to Beirut’s appeal as a top world city is the presence of numerous fabulous hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Beirut, Le Gray, and Hotel Albergo come to mind.​

What’s Happening To The Iconic El-Houssami Old Lebanese House In Byblos?

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I am finding this hard to believe but according to the president of Jbeil-Byblos municipality Ziad Hawat, the old famous Lebanese house in Byblos, as well as the sea castle and other ruins in one of the oldest cities in the world are in danger. Jbeil’s touristic sites have been neglected by the authorities and need proper maintenance and renovation.

I always thought the Jbeil municipality was a wealthy one and I loved what they’ve done to the city and the old souks. I am not sure what the real problem is here but they should figure out a way to finance renovating and preserving all these ruins without relying on the authorities.

Ruins related to several civilizations are found in Byblos, which is one of the oldest Phoenician cities and one of the world’s 20 oldest cities. The old house that we see in all pictures of Jbeil is the only one that was kept in place after the expulsion by the French explorers of the owners of those hours in the late 20th century.

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BYblos by Charles el Hajj Picture by Charles el Hajj

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Ramlet al-Baida: Beirut’s Last Public Beach Might Be Turned Into A Huge Touristic Resort

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It appears that some wealthy and powerful investors have set their sights on Ramlet al-Baida and are planning to turn it into a huge private beach resort. This is a repeat of the Daliyeh scenario that saw a lot of people protesting against it but in vain. Moreover, Lebanese Environment Minister Mohamad Machnouk was against fencing the Dalieh but he wasn’t able to do anything about it.

Privatizing Ramlet al-Baida is wrong and should never take place and the Beirut municipality should be the first one to stop this project. I don’t care if it’s for Hariri or Hezbollah or Jumblatt, Ramlet al-Baida should remain a public beach.

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