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Thursday, March 26, 1998
Beirut, Lebanon
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Beirut, Lebanon:
Latitude: 33° 53' 58" North
Longitude: 35° 28' 40" East
Altitude: 274 feet
From Seattle: 8262 miles
Lodging: Hotel - San Lorenzo Hotel

Today's Travel:
Country: Lebanon
Region: Greater Beirut
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Beirut's Pigeon Rock Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut's South East Shore (Southern Cal. Look a like) Beirut, Lebanon

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 350
Linear Dist: 51809
Countries Visited: 29
Regions Visited: 112
More stats...
Hotels: 69
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 38
Hostels: 113
Transit: 32
Beers: 1434

Journal Entry:
Had trouble sleeping last night due to the noise on the street (still no more guns shots). So this morning didn't feel like going to Ballbeck and decided to stay in Beirut. It was a nice hot day (relatively so, probably 75° F) so I spent the day walking the beaches. I started at the end of the Comiche where I had quit two days ago. Walked past the deserted beach clubs and the sad amusment parks with their rusting rides. Beirut has a very beautiful shoreline, it's too bad that it's been so completely exploited (concrete decks and pools poured on the rocks sticking out into the sea, most places you can't even see the shore without paying to get into a club). There's one stretch of public beach (called creatively enough Long Beach). I walked as far as the public beach and spent the afternoon sleeping and reading on the sand.

Another example of how Western Beirut is: The police ride Harley-Davidsons.

Didn't feel like seeing another movie or having another $8 beer so I spent the night at the internet cafe (now you can zoom in on parts of my Route Map). Sort of a pathetic way to spend a night somewhere exotic, but I couldn't think of anything more exciting to do.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Beirut
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Lebanon
CIA World Fact Book: Lebanon

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