A trip on the teleferique
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On Sunday morning we gathered our belongings and left Ahmad's house, saying a final farewell to Mahmoud and Yunata. Ahmad on the other hand had volunteered to drive us to nearby Jounieh and spend the morning sightseeing with us. Located 20kms to the North of Beirut, the main tourist draw card for us was the teleferique, although most domestic tourists come for the nightlife and casino.
The journey on the cable car cost 7500LL ($5), and took us from the Maameltein district of the City, up to the summit of a nearby mountain. Atop the lush green slopes sits the Basilica of Our Lady of Lebanon, which was attracting its fair share of visitors for Sunday mass.
Exiting the teleferique, we switched to a funicular, which took us the remaining distance to the top. Sadly the weather was bleak, rainy and miserable, so we spent just a short time looking around the Basilica and at the Statue of Mary, before taking the funicular down one level. Luckily the weather cleared a little at this height and we gained a brief glimpse of Beirut in the distance and also improved views of Jounieh, located beneath us.
We returned to Ahmad's car to collect our bags and no sooner had we taken them out of the boot (thats 'trunk' to you Americans!), then the #6 bus to Byblos arrived. It was a shame that we didn't really get the chance to say a proper goodbye, as we had spent a really enjoyable week in Ahmad's company. With any luck we will catch up in England though, as he will hopefully study in London next year �" hmm, i guess it depends on whether we ever make it back to England then!