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Old 04-04-2018, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Who has visited Lebanon?

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Old 04-04-2018, 04:36 PM
 
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I went there on a cruise when I was a kid. Was only there for a day, as we had to go back to the ship by the end of it. Docked in Beirut, went to the Jeita Grotto, the historic city of Byblos.
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Old 04-04-2018, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Quite a few times, long time ago. It has become a forgotten country. All land borders are essentially closed, and prohibitively demanding visa requirements that take months to process. Like, proof of travel insurance guaranteeing medical repatriation, non-refundable ticket, booked in hotel of 3-5 stars.

I haven't been there since I had a flight connection in 1976, and I had to wait in Larnaca for two days until the airport was deemed safe to fly through. Before the war, it was the Dubai of its era, a free and open city with a thriving economy and a currency that was stronger than the Swiss Franc.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:55 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I was in Beirut airport on a layover way back in 1967. Flying in a Boeing 707 operated by Pan Am.
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Old 04-12-2018, 12:50 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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We went for 3 days last November and really liked it. Great food and alcohol (not available in some GCC countries). The Beirut coastline is pretty. What we really enjoyed was day trip to Byblos, the Grotto, and then the cable car up to monastary. We did notice a lot of security around the country. Also there are tons of Syrian refugees hustling in the streets of Beirut which is sad. Beirut has some of the most attractive well dressed people I have seen. The culture seemed more Mediteranean and less Arab (like GCC)
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:54 PM
 
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Quite a few times, long time ago. It has become a forgotten country. All land borders are essentially closed, and prohibitively demanding visa requirements that take months to process. Like, proof of travel insurance guaranteeing medical repatriation, non-refundable ticket, booked in hotel of 3-5 stars.

I haven't been there since I had a flight connection in 1976, and I had to wait in Larnaca for two days until the airport was deemed safe to fly through. Before the war, it was the Dubai of its era, a free and open city with a thriving economy and a currency that was stronger than the Swiss Franc.
I blame the Rashidun caliphate. Its been going downhill every since.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I blame the Rashidun caliphate. Its been going downhill every since.
Letís not forget that terrible civil war they had.
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Old 05-23-2018, 12:19 AM
 
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Beirut is one of the most psychedelic trippy hallucinatory mind expanding kaleidoscopic bubbles I have ever read about or am encountering. Really can’t believe this relative tranquility that precariously close to Damascus Syria battle grounds is literally only 71 miles/114.7km away by car/bus/airplane!? Well civilized professional without much if any problems lately with this side of Lebanon. There is no other republic that far out except maybe vague or common obvious similarities with Jordan, Kuwait. How is that stability maintaining that intricately well with these surroundings? Hopefully, that is forever staying constantly without any interruptions. Lebanon architecture is ultimate sophistication not plain.
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Old 05-27-2018, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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/ literally only 71 miles/114.7km away by car/bus/airplane!?
I'm impressed with the road-building engineering. A highway that is within 100 meters of being exactly the same as the air mileage. Over a rugged mountain pass.
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