Holiday in Hezbollah Land

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This is what Baalbek used to look like.


This morning I took my third trip to Baalbek ... yes, it is that good ... it is the most impressive Roman ruins I’ve been to (not that I’ve been to that many).  The Lonely Planet says it outshines any of the Temples built in Rome itself. 

This has always been a poor and conservative area and the Hezbollah have made inroads into the people’s hearts  by providing what the government hasn’t ... schools, water, medical etc.  Like the Islamist party in Yemen.  A bit like the Salvation Army.

What’s different this time is that the Hezbollah have setup an information centre right at the entrance to the Baalbek ruins.  I took a peek and there were no-holds-barred pictures of body parts and charred bodies from Israeli attacks.

Local vendors are now also selling Hezbollah T-shirts.  Not a good shirt for going through airport security or customs on the way home.

By the way, the thing that was conspicuously absent on this excursion were Syrian soldiers.  The Syrian withdrawal after my second trip has left the intercity roads now staffed by Lebanese soldiers.

 

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This is what Baalbek used to look …
This is what Baalbek used to look…
Detail of some of the construction.
Detail of some of the construction.
Temple of Jupiter with little me a…
Temple of Jupiter with little me …
Lion ...
Lion ...
Temple of Bacchus with seating for…
Temple of Bacchus with seating fo…
This was the inside of the Temple …
This was the inside of the Temple…
This is it now.
This is it now.
The outside of the Temple of Bacch…
The outside of the Temple of Bacc…
I take that to be a promise than a…
I take that to be a promise than …
Depiction of the success against t…
Depiction of the success against …
Advert on ATM at Bank Audi.
Advert on ATM at Bank Audi.
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