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Roman Baths

I did not want to get out of bed this morning.  I don’t know why, but I didn’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 didn’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 Damascus, Syria.  They would arrange the visas for us.  Since I was determined to get there we signed up.

Ceiling of St Louis Capuchin Church
  This meant we had to take our passports to them so they could make copies.  Because my toe was hurting rob went with out me.  I used the time to finish postcards.  Rob was not gone to long, but got the tours paid for and arranged everything.

 

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 Lebanon and also some CD choices for Lebanese music.  It was a very productive lunch.

 

After eating we went in search of the post office.

Stained glass in St Louis Capuchin Church
  It was behind the parliament building, but we had a hard time finding it.  When we did we got in line to buy the many stamps we needed.  Once we had them in hand we realized they were HUGE.  Luckily the girl behind the counter let us use her sponge to wet the stamps.  When we put then on the postcard they covered some of the addresses and messages.  We made the adjustments and got the postcards off.  I was praying they would make it.

 

Our next stop was the Roman baths.  The site is well excavated and impressive, but doesn’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.

My broken little toe, lovely shade of purple
After viewing the interior, I went across the street to take a picture of the front of the church and a soldier told me that I could not take a photograph from where I was standing. I assumed that I just couldn’t take a picture but, then he pointed to a spot that was maybe 6 feet different than the spot that I was standing, which he nodded that there would be ok. ???????

 

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.

Al Omari Mosque

 

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 didn’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.

Old man and little boy fishing
  He also gave us his email in case we had any questions. It was quite an experience having someone take this time to try to inform us about their religion.  In the end it felt like the beginning of a recruiting session.

 

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.

Sun set form the promenade
  After a dinner at il Parlamento, where we were under-impressed, we headed to check email.  We paid for 30 minutes more than we had paid for both of us to use computers for 2 hours in Hamra.

 

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 night’s sleep.  I knew I should not have had a cream sauce.

vulindlela says:
Great photos!
I just loved Beirut and hope to go back.
Posted on: Aug 16, 2009
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Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Ceiling of St Louis Capuchin Church
Ceiling of St Louis Capuchin Church
Stained glass in St Louis Capuchin…
Stained glass in St Louis Capuchi…
My broken little toe, lovely shade…
My broken little toe, lovely shad…
Al Omari Mosque
Al Omari Mosque
Old man and little boy fishing
Old man and little boy fishing
Sun set form the promenade
Sun set form the promenade
Steet of Solidere
Steet of Solidere
Traffic in Beruit
Traffic in Beruit
Floor supports in the Roman baths
Floor supports in the Roman baths
Me at the Roman baths
Me at the Roman baths
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Rob showing off his new tattoo at…
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Clock in Place d' Etoile in Solid…
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St Louis Capuchin Church, notice …
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This was to the souq
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Centeral aisle of St Louis Capuch…
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Interio dome of St Louis Capuchin…
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Alcove ceiling of St Louis Capuch…
Capital in St Louis Capuchin Church
Capital in St Louis Capuchin Church
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Arch detail in St Louis Capuchin …
Front of St Louis Capuchin Church
Front of St Louis Capuchin Church
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Painted detail in St Louis Capuch…
Mosque at the end of the street
Mosque at the end of the street
Minaret of Al Omari Mosque
Minaret of Al Omari Mosque
Ceiling detail of Al Omari Mosque
Ceiling detail of Al Omari Mosque
Painted beams of Al Omari Mosque
Painted beams of Al Omari Mosque
Painted panels if Al Omari Mosque
Painted panels if Al Omari Mosque
Chadaler of Al Omari Mosque
Chadaler of Al Omari Mosque
Pine trees on the promenade
Pine trees on the promenade
Beach club in Beruit
Beach club in Beruit
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Rob and that big smile on the pro…
Coast line of Beruit
Coast line of Beruit
Radio tower on the coast
Radio tower on the coast
Hot bodies of Beruit :-)
Hot bodies of Beruit :-)
Buddies on the beach
Buddies on the beach
Hanging out on the rocks
Hanging out on the rocks
Coastline
Coastline
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Guy on the left was hot, guy on t…
Starbucks, Arabic style
Starbucks, Arabic style
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Beruit the Place des Martyrs befo…
Botanical gardens
Botanical gardens
Very modern rooftop
Very modern rooftop
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Sophie's Choice, Interesting name…
Rock formation on the coast
Rock formation on the coast
Protecting the beach
Protecting the beach
Me looking out to sea
Me looking out to sea
Sun going down on the promenade
Sun going down on the promenade
Fishermen
Fishermen
Selloing corn on the promenade
Selloing corn on the promenade
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Jumping off
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Filming a scence on the streets o…
Sunset at a communications tower
Sunset at a communications tower
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Even Krisy Kreme is here
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My favorite greeting card!!
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Sugar smacks, They're GREAT!! in …
Froot loops made it over
Froot loops made it over
Corn flakes
Corn flakes
Trix in Arabic
Trix in Arabic
Coco Pops translated
Coco Pops translated
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Wesson oil, what would Florence H…
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