Beirut Travel Blog› entry 560 of 658 › view all entries
March 12th, 2009 – by: Deats
Although we had spent three nights in Beirut, we still hadn't seen anything of the centre, so we took the opportunity to discover Lebanon's capital on Thursday. The City is arguably one of the most raved places about in the Middle East and is known for its liberal attitudes (comparatively speaking), vibrant atmosphere and wild night life. Thus it was somewhere that i had always been eager to visit.
Our day began seated at a streetside cafe, drinking hot chocolate and watching the madness unfold, before we got knuckled down to some sightseeing. Downtown arguably holds the most interesting sights, with the Cathedrale St Gregoire et St Elie des Armeniens Catholiques and Mohammed al-Amin Mosque located within a block of each other.
Having taken a quick gander at the uninspiring Cardo Maximus ruins, we headed to the shore and walked beside the Mediterranean Sea for some time. Heading back into the built up area of the City, we stumbled upon the Sursock Museum, which was holding a modern art exhibition, so ventured in to peruse the varying works for an hour or so. From here we went to the American university of Beirut and walked around the pleasant gardens and looked in the mildly interesting Archaelogical Museum that is situted there. Our waking tour concluded at the Pigeon Rocks, which is a nice rock formation located just off the mainland.
Having arrived back at Ahmad's house, we ate Dinner together and then i took the opportunity to burn some photos to DVD.
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