Tokyo Restaurant – Beirut

I love discovering or reading about old gems in Beirut and I'm surprised I had never heard about Tokyo restaurant until today. In fact, I passed right next to it countless times but for some reason never spotted the sign. Tokyo restaurant was apparently one of Beirut's most popular Japanese restaurants in the 1990s, and if we were to believe some comments, Walid Jumblatt's favorite spot. Source: http://beirutntsc.blogspot.com/2013/10/tokyo-restaurant-beirut.html According to The Beirut Banyan, Tokyo was…

A 1930 Railroad Map of Lebanon

Urban Planner & L'Orient LeJour Feature Reporter Mohamed el Chamaa shared this amazing historic map of rail links in Lebanon . As you can see, the rails covered all of Lebanon and included a direct line to Damascus through Rayak. The last trip from Beirut to the Syrian border was back in 1976, according to Assaad Namrud, who drove the train on that line. Unfortunately, the Lebanese authorities still have no plans to invest in…
History

Old Pictures of Beirut From The National Library of France Archives

5 months ago
I stumbled upon today an aerial shot of Beirut’s port taken in 1929 by François Pierre-Alype, found on the National Library of France website. I dug out the website, searched for all the Beirut-related pictures ...
Automotive

Electric Trains in Lebanon in the 1990s?

11 months ago
I stumbled upon this old piece of paper from 1994, with a whole page dedicated to Lebanon entering the era of electric trains, accompanied by a small map with all the train stops. The map ...
History

Seven Facts About Lebanon at the Olympics

1 year ago
This Facebook post inspired me to write these interesting facts about Lebanon’s participation at the Olympics throughout history. Six Lebanese athletes are currently taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, three women and three men. ...
Automotive

When Did The First Car Enter Lebanon?

1 year ago
Old Beirut shared a picture yesterday of the first car to enter in Lebanon, as per their claim. The car, which was brought to Lebanon in 1906 was owned by AUB President Dr. Howard Bliss ...
Baladi

2,600 Year-old Wine “Factory” Discovered Five Miles South of Sidon

1 year ago
National Geographic shared an amazing discovery today by archaeologists in Lebanon, who have “unearthed new evidence of the extensive overseas trade in wine by the ancient Phoenicians, with the discovery of the oldest wine press ...
History

Tripoli (Victoria) Naval Cemetery

2 years ago
We’ve all been to Tripoli, but I bet few of you know that there’s a naval cemetery from WWII in Al Mina. The cemetery is managed and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), ...
History

Remembering The #ArmenianGenocide: Antoura School’s Mass Grave

3 years ago
When I first heard about Antoura’s mass grave, it was truly troubling reading what these poor kids went through at the hands of the Ottomans as part of their ruthless “Turkification” program. What was supposed ...
History

Footage from War-Ravaged Down Town Beirut

3 years ago
With April 13, the remembrance day of Lebanon’s war occurring today, I found this post-civil war footage by Nabil Chehade of Beirut’s Downtown. I remember we went to visit Down Town Beirut during my school ...
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