Roman ruins and cathedrals and mosques and a Mediteranean sunset!
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I did not want to get out of bed this morning. I donâ€™t know why, but I didnâ€™t. Rob called for breakfast and showered. When breakfast arrived I jumped out of bed to go to the bathroom. In the process I slammed my little toe into the leg of the bed and broke it, which I didnâ€™t realize at the time.
After breakfast and my shower Rob called the company about our day trip tours. On tour offered was a day trip to
When he got back we went out for lunch as breakfast had been very light. We had a very good lunch at al Balad in Downtown. I have an excellent lentil soup and homos (hummus) while Rob ate some grilled lamb. He finished his postcards while we ate. The waiter was very nice and recommended places we must see in
After eating we went in search of the post office.
Our next stop was the Roman baths. The site is well excavated and impressive, but doesnâ€™t take long to see. After that we went to the Louis IX Church. It has some very unique circular windows. Rob was really hot and kept a longer sleeved shit to put on when we went into buildings.
From there we headed to the Al-Qmari Mosque. I really wanted to go in but was worried about taking my shoe off and then getting it back on. My foot was swollen and hurting. I was hobbling a bit, also. We headed back towards Arabika for a smoothie and saw a Puma store with sandal options. They were closed so we went to a General Nutrition Center (GNC) we had noticed earlier. I wanted to see if they carried the protein powder I like. They did have a good option that will save us a lot of money over the next year. With 20 pounds of protein powder in hand it was back to Puma.
When I took my shoes off to put on the sandals it felt so good. Rob noticed that my little toe was a deep purple color. I happily bought the shoes. With my feet no longer confined, I didnâ€™t hobble so much. My foot was still very painful, though. We took all of the purchases back to the room.
After a smoothie and reading a chapter of the book we headed back to the mosque. It is famed for having the hand of the prophet John (John the Baptist). This can not be proven though. While we were there a man named Mohammed Aref began talking with us. He took a lot of time to explain the basis of the Muslim religion.
The sun was sinking and wanted to go to the coast to get some pictures. We grabbed a taxi and headed to an art shop we had seen. Of course the things I like were very expensive. There was a beautiful wall hanging/rug with an artistic design using block Arabic that was the equivalent of 4000 euro. So we left empty handed. We walked a long the coast and watched people playing on the rocks and swimming. Along the way we saw a crew filming something. We enjoyed a fantastic sunset and then headed to Hamra to find dinner. The walk was longer than expected so we decided to head back to Solidere and eat.
We headed back to the room to finish off with a quite evening. Things were going fine until I started feeling sick. Apparently I had food poisoning and spent the evening throwing up. It was the most severe response my body has ever had to food poisoning. There were points where Rob though he would have to take me to a hospital. Neither of us got a good nightâ€™s sleep. I knew I should not have had a cream sauce.