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Tagged With: Lebanon

HOTELS For Me The Nicest One on Earth …

I DON’T CARE ABOUT THESE MODERN HOTEL PALACES! These „It’s Monday, it must be Paris“ style moneymaking machines! With employees you are forced to the typical mechanical smile without any meaning! And then enjoy the „Palmyra“ in Baalbek: As good as nothing has changed since the opening in 1874, no ventilators, no air-condition, the same … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS What A „Holiday Inn“!

OH, I REMEMBER IT AS A POSH HOTEL, THIS „HOLIDAY INN“ in BEIRUT: A huge building, overlooking the warm and blue Mediterranean. With a rotating restaurant on the highest floor and probably the most luxurious hotel of the chain. Some days ago I stood in front of it, speechless – it’s a ruin since 1991, … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS Some People Are Crazy in Beyrouth!

GOSH, WE ONCE HAD TO DRESS UP FOR THE „ST. GEORGES“ IN BEYROUTH! Now? A ruin, a strange sight on the posh Corniche of Lebanon’s capital. A tragic shell, strangely enough with stores in the otherwise empty windows and a relic of a once red carpet, leading from the portal without door wings down the … Weiterlesen »

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MONEY The Dirty Business in Beirut

I JUST CAME BACK FROM THE LEBANESE CAPITAL, amazed by the different aspects of Beirut. Parts of the city are still cordoned off because the terrorists of Hisbollah, the Lebanese armed forces or ruthless businessmen, speculating with the pockmarked but potentially precious ruins of the wars, have occupied them. And then you drive along the … Weiterlesen »

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NIGHTCLUBS If You Ever Come To … (No. 75)

It’s the nightclub, say Naomi Campbell and Gianna Nannini. The location is Quarantaine, 18 km north of Beirut and one of the worst quarters of the civil war in Lebanon. The club lies deep in the earth, the seats resemble coffins and the experts have come to the conclusion that you might call the design „War … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL The Nice Advice … (No. 71)

I got a new message from my friend Andreas Bender, the last real Master of the Art of Travel. He wrote to me from the „Cedar Lounge“ in Beirut (Lebanon). „Tell your readers“, he emailed, „that now is the best time to visit Baalbek.“ Because with all the ugly shooting and bombarding around the corner in … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL Lost & Found … (No. 59)

In the last five years I didn’t meet a person who has been in Baalbek*. No wonder with war and terrorism looming around the corner, in Jordan, Syria and Israel. I’ve been there, Baalbek was almost deserted and I had the opportunity and ease to get closer to this splendid example of Imperial Roman and … Weiterlesen »

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