Putting Beirut’s enduring clichés aside, you would be hard-pressed to find any other Middle Eastern city bearing graffiti by the Arab Lesbian Liberation Front. And nowhere else could you be eating organic tabbouleh while army tanks rumble past you late at night. Beirut is not about sound urban choices, green architecture or great public transport. As one friend put it,“buying a Humvee is still considered an ecological choice here.” Yet for all its contradictions, it is still a great place to live, with a palpable sense of freedom, a vibrant cre…
‘Tawlet’ buffet in Mar Mikhael
With the top down on Hamra Street
Street scene in Ashrafieh, near Sassine Square
View towards downtown from the roof of Le Gray Hotel
Fashion assistant Tala Hjiar sends a text outside Kayan bar, Rue de Liban
Saint George Beach Club
Mar Mitr area, near Sassine Square
Smoking in Gemmayzeh Café
Taxi at sundown in Hamra area
Barman at Kayan bar
Antique shop in Basta Street
Dog-walking in Ashrafieh
Saturday night on the terrasse of Gem bar and restaurant
Souk El Tayeb, Beirut’s first farmers’ market
George and Morris enjoy their Sunday morning coffee in Sassine Square
Backgammon in Ashrafieh
Divers at the Corniche
Residential building, Manara
Le Gray hotel
Interdesign building, rue de Rome
Statue of Samir Kassir, a journalist who was killed by a car bomb in 2005. Next to it sits Time Magazine’s Rami Aysha, who was Kassir’s protégé.
Watching the world go byin Ashrafieh
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