Beirut in pictures

Only in Lebanon. Some of the cars on the roads should not even be allowed in a scrapyard. This one was tilted!

Only in Lebanon. Some of the cars on the roads looked as if they were taken out of a scrapyard. This one was tilted!

Love the way they give you a bunch of food for free when you order a drink. This place did the most amazing dip I have ever tried!

Love the way they give you a bunch of food for free when you order a drink. This place did the most amazing dip I have ever tried!

The fluffiest, most delicious, freshly baked, melting-in-the-mouth, coconut cookies I have ever tried (from Goodies)

The fluffiest, most delicious, freshly baked, melting-in-the-mouth, coconut cookies I have ever tried (from Goodies)

A local institution. Goodies. If there was food heaven this is what it would look like.

A local institution. Goodies. If there was food heaven this is what it would look like.

Love how they cover their balconies in thick vegetation to protect themselves from the heat

Love how they cover their balconies in thick vegetation to protect themselves from the heat

Sanayeh Gardens, a little oasis in the heart of Beirut

Sanayeh Gardens, a little oasis in the heart of Beirut

An old, abandoned building. One of many in Beirut. Nothing is being done to restore them while many modern (characterless) buildings being built

An old, abandoned building. One of many in Beirut. Nothing is being done to restore them while many modern (characterless) buildings being built

Lebanese wedding are a very posh and expensive affair. Saw 3-4 while I was there. Not sure who's better dressed - the bride or the female guests

Lebanese wedding are a very posh and expensive affair. Saw 3-4 while I was there. Not sure who’s better dressed – the bride or the female guests

Local beer

Local beer

Zaitunay Bay at night

Zaitunay Bay at night

Gemmayze St. in Beirut. Famous for its bars, restaurants, clubs, cafes and vibrant nightlife

Gemmayze in Beirut. Famous for its bars, restaurants, clubs, cafes and vibrant nightlife. Gorgeous traditional architecture; stacks of character and great atmosphere

Pretty water reflections in Downtown Beirut

Pretty water reflections in Downtown Beirut

Downtown Beirut at night

Downtown Beirut at night

Downtown bars. An hour before this photo was taken, the place was almost completely empty

Downtown bars. An hour before this photo was taken, the place was almost completely empty

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