Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 1 Cont. - Beirut

Well to finish out yesterday, we did indeed set out for Gemmayzeh on foot. I cannot tell you how far of a walk that was, but it was worth it because I stumbled upon many incredible sights along the way, notably the breathtaking Mohammed Al-Amin (Blue) Mosque.

I also saw the Parliament building, which was situated on a nice circle that offered rather upscaled shopping. For some reason traffic was blocked from the area as well, which was a welcome relief- apparently the Lebanese do not care about traffic laws, or they simply do not exist, but either way it makes most of the city a loud and exhausting affair. People park at odd directions wherever they want, they beep their horns constantly for no clear reason, and the way to get through intersections is for everyone to drive at them at once. Add to this the pedestrians wandering across and it gets quite crazy! I have a video to attest to this as well.

Dinner was at Le Chef, which apparently was featured on Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations, and it was very good and inexpensive. I had Moudardara which is basically lentils, brown rice and carmelized onions.  Deelish! 

1 comment:

Vicki said...

Glad to hear you are enjoying Beirut Carlie -- sent you an interesting piece about a "pillow protest" in gemmayzeh xoxoxo