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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The products of a bloggy holiday: images from the Lebanon - Part 2















12 comments:

  1. Wow! What an amazing place - I've never been anywhere like that.

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  2. Not a destination I would have ever thought of going to, but have to say, it looks impressive.

    I volunteer with a Lebanese lady, who has been living over here for over 30 years, but has still never lost her accent. She has never gone home, even for a visit in all that time, she just doesn't feel the urge to go back.

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  3. I love the market scene and the shelves full of Marys. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

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  4. I love that one at the end. I'd sort of forgotten about shops like that.

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  5. A lovely photo share.

    The last evokes memories of both Ireland and Spain, where Mary is an integral part of life.

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  6. I love going to food markets when travelling, but get frustrated that I can't buy anything since I don't travel with my kitchen.

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  7. A bloggy holiday indeed - your market day must have been a delight - I adore the architecture, too. X

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  8. Dear all - thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment.

    Now, after the teasing, a few words of explanation.

    The top picture was taken in Tripoli's ancient and wonderful souq. Tripoli is a city in the north of Lebanon and feels much more Islamic than places further south such as Byblos and Beirut. We loved it. It is very non touristy and the stalls in the souq sell, as you can see, the stuff of everyday life.

    The next picture down is a night time view of the Mohammed Al-Amin mosque at Martyrs' Square in downtown Beirut. This is the largest mosque in the Lebanon and is also the burial place of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005.

    The third picture is my attempt at an arty shot of the hermitage of St. Anthony in the Qadisha Valley - the heartland of the Lebanese Maronite Christians. In the 16th Century, the first known printing press in the middle east was established here.

    The fourth and final picture was taken inside the gift shop. Sorry. Couldn't resist.

    A bientot

    Hannah

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  9. Fabulous pictures! My favorite is the one of the mosque. I have added Lebanon to my list of future trips. Perhaps in tandem with Syria...

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  10. What great pictures of a place I know very little about.

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