Beirut – Day 2 – Walking Around

I struggled to sleep again last night and had to force myself out of the suite around 10am, luckily I stumbled onto a great coffee shop and spent an hour there getting my head together.

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The Neighborhood

I didn’t see a name on the coffee place but it’s really cool, tucked around a bend in an alley that looks like nothing from the street, I only noticed it because there was a small sign near the sidewalk showing a coffee bush.

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Coffee shop tucked down an alley, really good
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Cold Brew

Downtown is beautiful and completely deserted as it’s Sunday, it’s a national holiday and yesterday was election day.

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Downtown Beirut

I’ll probably write more about the Maronite’s at some point, a really interesting Christian sect, very old, they are not considered Catholic but they are led by the Pope.

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Maronite Church

Yup, more of the empty downtown, pretty though.

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Downtown
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A street

Beirut was a Roman city for around 700 years, some Roman ruins, like these baths are visible but most of the city has not been the subject of any large dig.

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Ruins of Roman Baths, this is the in-floor heating system

The city is quite hilly, stairs are there every time you turn around, my left knee is starting to ache a bit and stairs are bothering it so I tried to pace myself today, I walked for a few hours and covered a lot of ground but eventually called an Uber to go back home rather than walk more.

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Stairs
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More Stairs
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The new downtown Mosque

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