Saida and Echmoun
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March 10th, 2009 – by: Deats
On our first full day in Lebanon, Julia and I decided to take a day trip down the coast to the town of Saida. A public bus ran from the cola terminal in Beirut, which cost 1500LL ($1) and took just over an hour. A Falafel shop by the sea was about all that was open when we arrived, so we ate this for brunch and then set out to explore the centre.
There was a Crusader castle situated 50m off shore and linked to the mainland by a walkway, but it looked in a pretty sorry state and i was pretty bored of castles, so we opted to view it from a distance.
It was only early afternoon, but we felt like we were done with the City, so decided to go to Echmoun, which is an old Phoenician Temple Complex that dates back to the 7th Century BC. As we knew the rough direction, we set off walking the 4kms to the site, as the taxi drivers wanted 10,000LL ($7), which was ludicrous. Already it was becoming apparent that the Lebanese taxi drivers were some of the worst in the World, which really is saying something!
It took 45 minutes to walk to Echmoun, and when we arrived the caretaker was sat alone and waved us in.
In the evening Mahmoud had three of his friends over, so we sat around eating Dinner and chatting and then Ahmad drove us to the cinema with two of his friends. The movie we watched was called Slumdog Millionare and it was about an Indian kid who grew up in the slums and ended up winning 'Who wants to be a Millionaire'. It was a really well made film and i highly recommend going to watch it, if the chance should arise.
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