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Lebanese sweets can sometimes taste bitter especially when the country is gripped by fighting and begins to fall off from the tourist map. The advent of civil war in 1975 caused chaos and mayhem to Lebanon, causing serious damage to its languishing capital Beirut, known by its charming appellation, "Paris of Middle East."
Today, the country is slowly recovering from its crippled state; the old joie de vivre returns to its metropolis now reborn as a night-life hot spot. Tourists can now lounge freely and smoke hooka or shisha (water pipe for smoking) in the smoking dens as the strong aroma of fine coffee permeates the souks and the imam narrates the holy Quran inside the sacred mosque. No wonder Khalil Gibran was inspired to write copious poetry about the beguiling country. Many other famous poets and playwrights have written about the glories of Lebanon as well.
If in the city Beirut neon lights dance from dusk to dawn, the city of Tyre offers a glimpse of its ancient grandeur - a combination of coastal bounty and beauty that made it a prey to foreign aggressions starting from the Greeks to Romans, now with the Syrians and Israelis. A large mass of relics from different periods have been unearthed including those from the Byzantine and Crusader eras.
Beirut, Lebanon's capital, is small and can be explored by foot. Letting the friendly locals serve as your tour guides brings half the fun to your adventures. With this in mind, head south from the northern-most tip of the city, and the palm trees that line the corniche (road on a ledge) will slowly give way to the magnificent Roman ruins of the Sun City. The area is gated off, with only a few granite columns to hint at its former glory.
From here, a brisk walk will take one to the impressive expanse of Romano-Byzantine ruins of Baalbek overlooking the Mediterranean where remains of a souk and an athlete's training ground are located. Across are the colonnade ala Parthenon and the public baths on both of its sides.
Ancient cities, Roman ruins, deluxe resorts, and the pastoral touch of the countryside are a few of the many charming aspects of Lebanon.
Lebanon Traveler Advice
Ta Marija Restaurant
In «Ta 'Marija», located in the center of the village Mosta you’ll be amazed by the welcoming atmosphere created thanks to the traditional setting of talented entertainers and warm ones. Every Wednesday and Friday after the Auto Reviews and Auto Shows that are shown in the TV, customers are invited to sing accompanied by mandolin and guitar, traditional and popular songs ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post