30.03.2007 - 31.03.2007
Well after a 2-hour bus ride we found ourselves in Beirut. What a beautiful sight. Beirut is right on the water and looks fantastic from a distance on the drive in. We found our hotel and headed our to see the sights. First thing we found was a beautiful big mosque that was of course guarded by soldiers, but we managed to be given permission to cross the barricade to take a photo. Then we found the main town square and their clock tower, parliament buildings and churches, saw a few ore mosques along with lots of soldiers with their machine guns. Oh and then there were the tanks and truckloads of soldiers, but I can san that I have never felt safer, well except for being home in Aus. We tried to take photos of the Grand Serail we were told not to take photos by the soldiers, as it was now a military building. We ended up walking down by the water and along the coast to see the lighthouse and Pigeon rocks. Pigeon rocks were a beautiful sight to see but it is a little disappointing to see that there were so many restaurants built along the cliffs that it almost makes it impossible to get a good photo of them unless you go in and have food. We then wandered on and found heaps of building that had been destroyed in the recent wars, bullet and bomb holes really make it feel quiet surreal. Its just amazing to actually see the evidence with my own eyes that this stuff really did happen, it doesn't feel that way when you are watching it on the TV from the opposite side of the world. Well by this time it was getting late so we stopped off to get some dinner in the town square and then back to the hotel to get ready for another day of travel the following day.