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the minibus to Tripoli

When entering the minibus to Tripoli it was packed with commuters, oldies and uniformed soldiers. After a little bit less than two hours ride I entered Tripoli old town. This town is the centre of the north of Lebanon and sometimes called the northern capital. Tripoli has two city areas, the new town by the sea and the old town five to six kilometers to the east. Most of the hotels and the busstations are concentrated around the main square in the old town. When going off the bus it was very easy to find my hostel, Hotel Koura, the second cross-street of the square. The old town is built up with a system of narrow streets where you easily get lost and I spent some hours just walking around trying to find the right direction. Even after asking several people, because if you don t know arabic there are certain communication problems.

services taxis around the square
Perhaps a good investment can be a good map of the town and not only the one in LP.

For the day I just strolled around and tasted the atmosphere in the old town. A sweet pastery here, a shave in the barbershop there and some handmade souvernir soaps from the soap factory. In the old Medina I found several old buildings, mosques and madrasas as well as very old hamams no longer in use. The Medina is a very buzzling place with all sorts of shops.  After a good rest in my lovely room I entered a service-taxi that took me to the new parts of Tripoli six kilometers away from old town. You pay 1.000 Lebanese lire /0,5€/ for a service-taxi within the town no matter how long the distance is. He dropped me off by the corniche, the walk along the waterfront. It was lots of local people of all kind who took an evening stroll along the seaside. Interesting to see how some were swimming, some fishing, some eating on some candies and old men selling balloons to the children. I ended up in a restaurant and I had to ask if it was open because I was the only guest. I took a good steak and vegetables and it was very tender and tasty. In Tripoli the electricity went off now and then and that seemed quite normal.

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the minibus to Tripoli
the minibus to Tripoli
services taxis around the square
services taxis around the square
the public park
the public park
the houses are a blend of arabic,e…
the houses are a blend of arabic,…
the old mosque
the old mosque
yes!
yes!
the old mosque
the old mosque
a page of the Koran made of soap!
a page of the Koran made of soap!
me zipping tea in the soap factory
me zipping tea in the soap factory
soap factory
soap factory
soaps
soaps
the old sign of the old soap facto…
the old sign of the old soap fact…
the Medina
the Medina
the Medina
the Medina
a hamam still in use
a hamam still in use
youll find heaps of sweet cookies…
you'll find heaps of sweet cookie…
not a snow lanterna, but ...soaps
not a snow lanterna, but ...soaps
lovely bread anywhere
lovely bread anywhere
and fruit and vegs
and fruit and vegs
fishes in baskets
fishes in baskets
Tripoli Hostels review
Hostel with a touch of three star hotel
My review perhaps sound too good, but that was my experience. You can easlily be misled by the poor entrance in the small alley, but don t take any no… read entire review
Tripoli
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