Druze Clues

June 18, 2011

No visit to Beirut is complete without paying homage to the leader of the Druze, Walid Jumblatt.  While Jumblatt may not be a household name in the States, here he’s a big macher.  He’s certainly well known to the Obama administration as Hilary Clinton’s right hand, Jeffrey Feltman, just paid him a visit to get advice […]

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Sun, wine and love in Baalbeck

June 16, 2011

Baalbek is where one of the greatest Roman ruins in the world, Heliopolis, is located. Baalbek is in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, near the Syrian border on the main road from Beirut to Damascus. Much of the Bekaa is now a Hezbollah stronghold, particularly Baalbek which is where Hezbollah was first trained by Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iranian […]

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Where’s Israel?

June 15, 2011

It’s not every day that your average tourist itinerary includes a stop at the Musee de Mleeta, affectionately known as the Hezbollah Museum, but my husband, David Lewis, has arranged for us to have a guided tour.  It’s a foggy day when we arrive on the top of a mountain 40 kilometers from the Israel […]

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Genuflecting Beirut Style

June 14, 2011

Under the guise of “when in Rome, do as the Romans,” on our first full day in Beirut, my travel partner Mary and I decide to go to church.  There’s a large Greek Orthodox Church down the street from the Albergo Hotel, so we meet early in the lobby to head to 7 a.m. mass.  […]

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