Category Archives: Tourism

Lebanon Featured On The North Face’s Instagram Account

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The North Face featured on its Instagram account this stunning picture of Tannourine that was taken by team climber @bookofsamuel. The picture shows Will Nazarian, an Armenian/American climber, who’s been climbing all over Lebanon and has some amazing videos on the Rock climbing Association for Development page [R-A-D.org].

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Check this video below taken in Tannourine

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Thanks Sarhad!

My Contribution To Themakeover.me: Venues That Play The Best Music In Beirut

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I was asked by Kotex to write a couple of guest blogs for their blog (themakeover.me), which is a website addressed to girls where they post articles related to Fashion, Entertainment, Dating and Relationships, Wellness and Personal Makeover. I laughed when I first read the email but then I thought I’d go for it as it sounds fun and different. Moreover, the topics were similar to what I usually post about so why wouldn’t I do it?

My first article is about the venues that play the best music in Beirut. As you all know, Beirut is all about music. Whether you like Jazz, hip-hop, trance, underground, old traditional Arabic, Rock, Pop, live shows and bands, French or any other genre, you will easily find venues in Beirut that cater to your taste. Check them out [Here].

Why Beirut Was Once Known As ‘The Paris Of The Middle East’

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The Business Insider published a nice article two days ago explaining why “Beirut Was Once Known As The Paris Of The Middle East”. They used photos taken by Charles W. Cushman, an avid traveler and amateur photographer who visited Beirut in its golden years. I am familiar with Cushman’s pictures as he had stayed at the famous Excelsior hotel which I researched and posted about earlier this year but I think the author should have looked for better pictures to highlight Beirut’s golden years. Most of Cushman’s pictures were of random people in the street and not of Beirut’s nightlife and extravagant lifestyle that led people to compare it back then to the French capital.

Funnily enough, one of the pictures show a merchant selling Kaak on the street but the author thought they were croissants, hence the comparison to Paris. As we all know, Kaak is a street food that’s very cheap and affordable to all, unlike the croissant.

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I will try to collect some old pictures from the 1960s and compile them in a nice post to show why Beirut was truly ‘The Paris Of The Middle East’. You can check out all of Cushman’s pictures [here] and my post on the famous Excelsior hotel that was visited by Iran’s Shah [here].

Beirut experienced a renaissance of sorts in the mid-20th century.

Following World War II, the Lebanese capital became a tourist destination and financial capital, nicknamed “the Paris of the Middle East” thanks to its French influences and vibrant cultural and intellectual life.

That changed when civil war broke out in 1975, ravaging the city. Beirut has been rebuilt in the decades since (despite occasional violence), and is one again becoming a popular place for travelers.

Charles W. Cushman, an avid traveler and amateur photographer, visited Beirut in its heyday in 1965 and captured some stunning photos of everyday life in the city. These photos are being shared with permission from the Indiana University Archives.

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Week9: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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llb2 Here’s the story behind the pie – Picture by Tamanna

Don’t forget to tag #Livelovebeirut for the best Christmas pictures from around Lebanon during this month. You can follow LiveLoveBeirut on Instagram [Here]. I’m also on Instagram and you can follow me [Here] if you like.

llb3 That view – by Sacha

llb4 Christmas lights – by Kali

llb5 Beirut by the one and only RogerMoukarzel

Week8: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Don’t forget to tag #Livelovebeirut for the best Christmas pictures from around Lebanon during this month. You can follow LiveLoveBeirut on Instagram [Here]. I’m also on Instagram and you can follow me [Here] if you like.

llb1 Dhour Choueir – Picture by Joyce

llb2 Chaos by Catkhoury

llb3 Byblos – Picture by Jad Semaan

llb4 Picture by Chafomakary

Visiting Jbeil’s Christmas Tree

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I finally made it to Jbeil to visit the Christmas tree and decoration everyone has been talking about. It’s absolutely amazing what they’ve done and the decoration is one of the best Christmas decorations I’ve seen in Lebanon throughout the years. The best part is that you can walk among the ruins while enjoying the decoration and the Christmas tree looks even better on the inside than the outside.

I highly recommend you go there and check it out. Until then, enjoy the pictures and this nice 360 Virtual Tour.

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