|Our Lady of Lebanon|
We had dinner in a beautiful mountain town (Bromana) in the outskirts of Beirut with Lebanese friends. The food was delicious and there was way way too much. Some of the new entries were raw chicken livers with some lard and garlic (I didn't test this one, but Manuel said it was great). An interesting tasting cactus fruit which we later found out makes you constipated and of course, to wash it all down we had some Arak. Arak tastes much like Pastis and is very refreshing. The couple we were with, by the way, was the epitome of Lebanese tolerance--he is Druze, she is half-Christian, half-Muslim...very interesting take on things.
The following day we travelled to the Jeita Grotto (in the running to be one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world). We couldn't take pictures but it's an ancient cave discovered by a priest. The upper chamber is beautiful with it's stalagmites and stalagtites. The lower chamber is still in water and requires a short boat ride. Very cool (quite literally) and a break from the ruins.
|phoenician ruins of byblos|
|Place de l'Etoile, Beirut|