Time to wind down
Tripoli Travel Blog› entry 565 of 658 › view all entries
March 15th, 2009 – by: Deats
Tripoli is a place that you may think you have heard of, but in all likelihood you probably don't know this one, but more likely the one that is the capital of Libya! This Tripoli is located in the North West of Lebanon and is today famed for its sweets, although its History dates back to Phoenician times, when it became an important trading post on the Mediterranean Coast. This made it a target for invaders such as the Seleucids, Romans, Umayyads, Byzantines, Fatamids, Crusaders, Mamluks and Ottomans, before falling into the hands of the French and finally becoming part of Lebanon.
Our bus arrived just before nightfall, so we made our way to the pleasant Hotel el Koura, which was centrally located.
I didn't wake up until 10.00 on Monday, as i had stayed up until 03.
As there wasn't any major site that we were bothered about seeing, we did away with the Lousy Planets map, which is often more harm than help, and set off with the aim of getting lost. After paying a quick visit to the Great Mosque, we also decided that we were done with Mosques, Hammams, Medressas and the likes, we had simply seen way too many to be getting excited over small ones.
Thus we walked through the narrow Souqs in the centre of the City, which were really charming and not too crowded. We bought some tasty coconut biscuits and fresh orange juice to snack on whilst wandering around, and also stopped off for a shwarma and fries, which we ate in a nice little garden, located just off Tall Square. After this we spent two or three hours walking around the less touristy areas, making the most of the afternoon sun, before heading home to watch some movies and chill out.
On Tuesday we left for Baalbek, although there was no direct transport, so we had to go via Beirut. The minivan driver was a real arsehole and after telling us the price in Tripoli, he then tried to charge us 50% more when we arrived, claiming that we had to pay for our bags, even though they didn't take up any extra seats.
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