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Blogging from the Wild

The Palmyra Hotel, Baalbek

Baalbek’s Palmyra Hotel is a time warp with a history almost as rich as the Roman site of Baalbek itself. The hotel was originally established by a Greek businessman in 1874. He recognised the appeal of the stunning ruins, which sit just across the road, long before the site was first excavated in 1884. Since then, the Palmyra Hotel has seen two world wars and a brutal fifteen-year-long civil war.  Amazingly though, it has never closed its doors for a single day.

Best things to see and do in Lebanon

With the launch of our destination of Lebanon, we look at the best things to see and do in this Middle Eastern gem.

Beirut to Tripoli via Byblos

Well we have had a full couple of days. Our first stop yesterday was at Jeita Grotto -  a series of caverns, of the most amazing stalactites and stalagmites. We were lucky that it is still early in the season and we pretty much had it to ourselves. There are 2 main routes on foot and the second by b…

April Showers in Lebanon

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 …

Exploring Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley

I have just been totally blown away by Baalbek today, c’est incredible! Driving east up out of Beirut, we head up and over the hills to the Bekaa valley. The valley is 900m above sea leval, with two mountain ranges straddling it one from the coast and the other from Syria. It is the agriculture h…

Heading into the Bekaa Valley

The people are incredibly friendly whereever you go, welcoming you and generally please that you are here on holiday. Last night was no exception. I had gone to meet my friend again who I had had supper with on the first night and he was with friends at a bar down the road from where I was staying. …

Dhala in Lebanon

Pigeon Rock is a natural chalk island of rock arches, standing opposite on the famous promenade the Corniche, one can understand why it is a popular place to pause before ambling on, greeting friends and to be seen! Leaning over the railing to admire the rock and stare down into the clear blue and c…

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