5th April 2011
April showers: The group arrived safely last night from London and today we set off for Sidon first thing. The morning was rather wet but despite that it did not dampen our spirits and we have had a fun day. Luckily it slowed up by the time we had arrived and we had great fun in the souk, exploring the tiny alleyways tasting delicious walnut pastries, giggling over the range of underwear, pulling faces at the basins of lambs heads and entrails for sale and of course having a most scrumptious lunch. Just when we thought we couldn't eat any more, another array of dishes arrived. In the afternoon we returned to Beirut and explored various churches and Mosques and the now immaculate restored downtown.
As we were about to head out for dinner the heavens opened and within minutes the road in front our hotel was a torrent of water rushing by, the streets were cleared of pedestrians and sadly no-one wanted to play Pooh sticks with me. Finally the storm moved on and we could venture out, leaping across the enormous streams of water before sitting down at Kababji Grill for a feast of kebabs, lamb and pistachio, which is highly recommended. We finished up in the local gelato shop with ice creams and puddings.
Tomorrow we head for Tripoli.