Our Lady of Lebanon and a Very Special Sunset

Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa

If you live somewhere in the West, you’ve probably only heard bad things about Lebanon. You’ve heard it’s dangerous, full of Muslim extremists waiting to kidnap you, that it’s way too radical, and that an European solo female traveler should never ever go there, because there is no reason to anyway. If you live somewhere … Continue reading “Our Lady of Lebanon and a Very Special Sunset”

Tribute to the Paris of the Middle East

Beirut, Lebanon

I’m Polish and I’m European. Europe doesn’t really have one capital. For some it’s Brussels, for some it will be Rome, London, or Amsterdam. But if you asked them where the cultural capital of the Old Continent is, I’m sure Europeans would vote Paris. Isn’t this where our modern values are from? As an European, … Continue reading “Tribute to the Paris of the Middle East”

Solo Female Traveler in Beirut

Downtown Beirut

I’ve dreamt of Lebanon for a long time. I haven’t known much about the place, but it was calling my name. Untold promise of the best food on the planet made me wonder about it even more. When I finally found a scandalously cheap first-minute ticket, I booked it without thinking. I mean I booked … Continue reading “Solo Female Traveler in Beirut”

Travel Flashback #21

Beirut

They say that a well-traveled person can never be in only one place. It’s so true. Our hearts always wander. They always long for distant lands we fell for. Mine is not an exception. That’s why every week from now on I will be posting one picture of a place that has been on my … Continue reading “Travel Flashback #21”

20 Postcards from Byblos

Byblos

If you look for picture perfection while making your way through Lebanon, you should definitely go to Jbail, also known as Byblos. Some say it’s the oldest city in the world. I don’t know about that, but I’m sure it’s candid. You should go there in late afternoon to let the sunset catch you right … Continue reading “20 Postcards from Byblos”

A Perfect Getaway from Beirut. One Afternoon in Saida.

Saida/Sidon

  I spent most of my Lebanese days trying to figure out Beirut’s urban chaos. I knew I must get out, though, and explore a chunk of what lies outside of Lebanon’s cosmopolitan capital. And so I did on one sunny Sunday. One of my lovely local friends promised to drive me wherever I want. … Continue reading “A Perfect Getaway from Beirut. One Afternoon in Saida.”

Beirut’s Little Armenia

Beirut's Little Armenia

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send … Continue reading “Beirut’s Little Armenia”

Beirut Street Art Gallery

Beirut Street Art Gallery

I had no expectations of Beirut. I made next to no research before my Lebanese trip. One of the few things I discovered was that travel bloggers I follow haven’t yet mapped the country properly. The second thing I noticed was a grin most of people made after I mentioned that I was heading to … Continue reading “Beirut Street Art Gallery”