Exploring Beirut & Byblos

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Exploring Beirut & Byblos

Postby MsPhantom (129173078) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:41 am

Got the privilege to explore these two ancient cities these past two weeks.

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Remains of a Roman Bathhouse next to the American Lebanese University.

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Ed, Edd, & Eddy graffiti art along the Corniche.

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The Raouché(or Pigeon Rock) at the Corniche. The ancient Greeks believe that the Raouché is the remains of when Perseus used the head of Medusa to turn a sea monster into stone to save Andromeda.

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Lebanon has a major feline population. While walking half a mile from the apartment to downtown Beirut, I came across 15 different stray kittens who could smell my uncle's cats on me. Met this little guy while trying to catch a taxi to get to the Corniche.

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The Roman ampitheatre in Byblos. Built in AD 218.

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Roman columns at Byblos fortress.

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An old railway at Byblos's Crusader castle and fortress.
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Walked across this beautiful trail leading to the castle.

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Byblos Crusader castle and fortress. I climbed up many very steep and old staircases to get this shot and it was well worth it. The view of Byblos's old town next to the Mediterranean sea took my breath away.
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Other side of the view from the very top of the Crusader castle. :heart:

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Byblos's Ancient Port. Believed to be the oldest port in the world. It was used by the Phoenicians to export wine and cedar wood, among other items, to the Egyptians.

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Byblos Historic Quarter.
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Postby THE SCORPIONS (184182673) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:50 am

Historic quarter looks amazing!
Nice shot with the flag of Lebanon
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Postby JustDucky (132308143) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:52 am

Whoa! Thank you for sharing ! Looks beautiful yet looks ancient like it was frozen in time . It must be such an experience to travel there :)

I love the cats face :haha:
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Postby Robyn VIP (8132649) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:19 am

What beautiful scenery! I could spend hours sitting in that Historic Quarter with those carved doors and (I think) bougainvillea vines. :heart:
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Postby Frothy (126579776) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:18 am

Thx for the pics! :love:

Glad you had some fun :)
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Postby MsPhantom (129173078) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:34 am

The SCORPIONS (184182673) wrote:Historic quarter looks amazing!
Nice shot with the flag of Lebanon


Thanks, Insomnia. :hug:
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Postby MsPhantom (129173078) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:37 am

justDucky (132308143) wrote:Whoa! Thank you for sharing ! Looks beautiful yet looks ancient like it was frozen in time . It must be such an experience to travel there :)

I love the cats face :haha:


Yes it does, exactly! It was so surreal to experience a place that is both modernized and yet looks and feels untouched by time.
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Postby Doodler (10729465) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:39 am

Thanks for sharing these great pictures. We went to Italy this summer and I just loved all the ancient history. It's one thing lacking in American.
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Postby MsPhantom (129173078) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:48 am

Robyn VIP (8132649) wrote:What beautiful scenery! I could spend hours sitting in that Historic Quarter with those carved doors and (I think) bougainvillea vines. :heart:


Hopefully you get to see it someday in person! :thumbsup: :)
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Postby MsPhantom (129173078) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:48 am

Pale Rider (126579776) wrote:Thx for the pics! :love:

Glad you had some fun :)


Thanks, Rod! :)
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Postby MsPhantom (129173078) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:45 pm

Doodler (10729465) wrote:Thanks for sharing these great pictures. We went to Italy this summer and I just loved all the ancient history. It's one thing lacking in American.


Totally. But American tourism is still so amazing and unique in it's own way. Other countries have old churches and castles but we have the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains. ;)
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MsPhantom (129173078) wrote:
Doodler (10729465) wrote:Thanks for sharing these great pictures. We went to Italy this summer and I just loved all the ancient history. It's one thing lacking in American.


Totally. But American tourism is still so amazing and unique in it's own way. Other countries have old churches and castles but we have the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains. ;)

I agree and I have traveled much of American. It's not that other countries are better because of the ancient buildings, but just different. We do have some American Indian ruins, too, that are marvelous.
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Postby Frothy (126579776) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:27 pm

Doodler (10729465) wrote:
MsPhantom (129173078) wrote:
Doodler (10729465) wrote:Thanks for sharing these great pictures. We went to Italy this summer and I just loved all the ancient history. It's one thing lacking in American.


Totally. But American tourism is still so amazing and unique in it's own way. Other countries have old churches and castles but we have the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains. ;)

I agree and I have traveled much of American. It's not that other countries are better because of the ancient buildings, but just different. We do have some American Indian ruins, too, that are marvelous.

I think the thing I love most about travel is that it allows us to see how people have come to live wherever they are. We are such an adaptable species when we allow ourselves to be. People have figured out how to survive just about anywhere and their innovation to both surviving and thriving is what makes a trip fun. No country or city has the market cornered on being interesting.

I had some company come down from Kansas to Texas and I took them on a tour of Ft Worth. I realized pretty quickly just how little I knew about the city and that it is a destination for people around the globe who want to learn more about cattle, oil, and multiple Indian cultures as well as being a world class destination for museums and art. Hell we have had a Monet exhibit running for 2 months that I just found out about, and it has been pretty much sold out the entire time. And don't get me started about the food here.

The point is, the world and it's people are interesting when we take time to pay attention to things no matter where we are. PAYING BETTER ATTENTION is at the top of my resolution list for 2020.

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Postby Doodler (10729465) » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:54 pm

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Doodler (10729465) wrote:
MsPhantom (129173078) wrote:
Doodler (10729465) wrote:Thanks for sharing these great pictures. We went to Italy this summer and I just loved all the ancient history. It's one thing lacking in American.


Totally. But American tourism is still so amazing and unique in it's own way. Other countries have old churches and castles but we have the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains. ;)

I agree and I have traveled much of American. It's not that other countries are better because of the ancient buildings, but just different. We do have some American Indian ruins, too, that are marvelous.

I think the thing I love most about travel is that it allows us to see how people have come to live wherever they are. We are such an adaptable species when we allow ourselves to be. People have figured out how to survive just about anywhere and their innovation to both surviving and thriving is what makes a trip fun. No country or city has the market cornered on being interesting.

I had some company come down from Kansas to Texas and I took them on a tour of Ft Worth. I realized pretty quickly just how little I knew about the city and that it is a destination for people around the globe who want to learn more about cattle, oil, and multiple Indian cultures as well as being a world class destination for museums and art. Hell we have had a Monet exhibit running for 2 months that I just found out about, and it has been pretty much sold out the entire time. And don't get me started about the food here.

The point is, the world and it's people are interesting when we take time to pay attention to things no matter where we are. PAYING BETTER ATTENTION is at the top of my resolution list for 2020.

:thumbsup:


Another thing about traveling the world, I've found, is appreciating what you have at home. We were gone a total of 5 weeks, and though I loved every minute of it, coming home to our little town and my comfy bed was so great! And of course the weather - you can't beat Southern California beach cities for that!
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Postby MsPhantom (129173078) » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:30 am

Doodler (10729465) wrote:
Madda Fakka (126579776) wrote:
Doodler (10729465) wrote:
MsPhantom (129173078) wrote:
Doodler (10729465) wrote:Thanks for sharing these great pictures. We went to Italy this summer and I just loved all the ancient history. It's one thing lacking in American.


Totally. But American tourism is still so amazing and unique in it's own way. Other countries have old churches and castles but we have the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains. ;)

I agree and I have traveled much of American. It's not that other countries are better because of the ancient buildings, but just different. We do have some American Indian ruins, too, that are marvelous.

I think the thing I love most about travel is that it allows us to see how people have come to live wherever they are. We are such an adaptable species when we allow ourselves to be. People have figured out how to survive just about anywhere and their innovation to both surviving and thriving is what makes a trip fun. No country or city has the market cornered on being interesting.

I had some company come down from Kansas to Texas and I took them on a tour of Ft Worth. I realized pretty quickly just how little I knew about the city and that it is a destination for people around the globe who want to learn more about cattle, oil, and multiple Indian cultures as well as being a world class destination for museums and art. Hell we have had a Monet exhibit running for 2 months that I just found out about, and it has been pretty much sold out the entire time. And don't get me started about the food here.

The point is, the world and it's people are interesting when we take time to pay attention to things no matter where we are. PAYING BETTER ATTENTION is at the top of my resolution list for 2020.

:thumbsup:


Another thing about traveling the world, I've found, is appreciating what you have at home. We were gone a total of 5 weeks, and though I loved every minute of it, coming home to our little town and my comfy bed was so great! And of course the weather - you can't beat Southern California beach cities for that!


Absolutely. When I came home, I was just so happy to sleep in my own bed and listen to American music again. :haha:
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Postby Fiore (155677018) » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:51 am

Woah, that's amazing!! Thank you for sharing! :love:
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Postby THE SCORPIONS (184148760) » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:53 am

Amazing you lucky girl so much Ancient History to explore thank you for sharing Ms Phantom
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Postby MsPhantom (129173078) » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:23 pm

Fiore (155677018) wrote:Woah, that's amazing!! Thank you for sharing! :love:


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THE SCORPIONS (184148760) wrote:Amazing you lucky girl so much Ancient History to explore thank you for sharing Ms Phantom


Thanks, Tus! :hug:
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Postby Always (112546669) » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:34 pm

OMG!

B7bbak ya Lebnen :heart: :love:

Those are amazing beautiful pics MsPhantom!

My family comes from a village located in the North of Lebanon. I didnt have the chance to visit it yet, but hopefully I can do it soon :heart:

Love the pictures, thank you so much for sharing :hug:
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