From green zone Beirut to red zone Lebanon

You might recall that in my previous post I mentioned that my first few days of exploration here were pretty much alone and how a lack of companionship would be a concern for my remaining stay? Thankfully that concern was quashed the very day I published 'Beirut, Lebanon - "Paris of the East" so in actual fact I've ended up with the best of both worlds; one half of the week solo-style and the latter half with new travel friends. ...

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Beirut, Lebanon - "Paris of the East"

I guess landing in Lebanon calls for a 'hey surprise folks' opening line?  If indeed you have formed an expression of shock, confusion or disbelief, that's ok, I can understand that. Although with places like Israel, Jordan and Lebanon previously visited, I'm guessing that's the majority of the 'surprise-pie' now consumed? In fact, I honestly say that I knew nothing about Lebanon prior to booking my flight. That might sound crazy ...

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The Wadi rum desert down to Aqaba's Red Sea

These last few days have been great as they've offered up some fantastic 'first time' experiences and an 'interesting' one too. Put it this way, you remember Lawrence of Arabia? Well now there's 'Sheik Sami of Arabia' and I expect the related imagery to be of some amusement to many back home and perhaps to my global travel friends too. So originally I planned on providing you two parts to my discovery of Amman and its surround ...

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Petra: A seventh 'new' wonder of the World

There can be little doubt that the success and popularity of the Indiana Jones franchise back in the 80s has contributed to Petra's sore in visitors these last 30+  years. These days it is possible for 3000 visitors a day to reach this remarkable place - or so I was told by the guy at the ticket desk. These days though, with what is happening in the world and indeed, the Middle East, figures are not consistent and can be as low as a few h ...

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Discovering Amman: Part 1

At the risk of sounding supremely, historically uneducated (which admittedly I am), I did not expect the main focal points of the Jordanian capital city to be ancient Roman ruins! Would you? Of course I was aware that the ancient empire covered a vast amount of land but to have reached this far east without the aided assistance of Ryanair or Easyjet, well it really makes one pause for thought, does it not? One of these main sights was ...

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