February 5, 2009

It's a Nice Place, Actually

Beirut, Lebanon, is still the poster child for urban disaster areas in some parts of the world.

A comparison of the Weston Road and Dimbles Lane area in which Mr Eccles lived and died to 'Beirut' was described as 'the last thing the area needs' by Mr Bayliss…

"The area has got some problems, it does need help but the last thing it needs is being described as Beirut," Mr Bayliss told the Mercury.

"We have got enough negativity – it isn't bloody Beirut, there's hundreds of good people here.

"I am livid about it."

Beirut was named the best travel destination in the world in 2009 by the New York Times. Here is one of my photo galleries.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at February 5, 2009 5:47 PM
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The "war shattered Holiday Inn" reminds me of the signature scene from "Waltzing with Bashir"... rest of the pics are great... I didn't see that post when you made it, thanks for linking it! A condo with a view like that would probably cost a couple million in the US... not cheap, but doable MJT :)

Posted by: programmmer_craig Author Profile Page at February 5, 2009 6:41 PM

Programmer Craig: The "war shattered Holiday Inn" reminds me of the signature scene from "Waltzing with Bashir"

That's exactly what I thought when I saw that movie.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten Author Profile Page at February 5, 2009 9:49 PM

For a nice restaurant with a great view, I'd recommend Casablanca overlooking the Corniche. All of the pubs and restaurants on Gemayze, and at the ABC mall are probably worth a visit.

A great way to improve Beirut (and Lebanon's) image would be to import more wines from the area. They're very hard to find in the states.

Posted by: maryatexitzero Author Profile Page at February 6, 2009 10:17 AM

Time to go back for a visit, Michael?

Posted by: Solomon2 Author Profile Page at February 6, 2009 11:04 AM
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