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Beirut From A Tethered Gas Balloon At 150 Meters  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3712 times:

I spent 5 weeks in Beirut, Lebanon to see family and just got back last week. The last week I was there, I went up with my cousin on the French-made Aerophile Aero30 tethered gas balloon located just north of the heart of the Beirut Central District (BCD). My camera's sensor has a piece of dust on it which is why a black dot appears on the left side of each photo.

The balloon itself is actually capable of rising up to 300 meters, but they only take it up 150 meters as this is the ideal height to enjoy the view of the city.

Supposidly it is the largest of its kind in the world. There are several cities in the world that use it as well More info can be found here:
http://www.aerophile.com/newsletter/...s/060105_liban/100105_Beyrouth.htm

The balloon, registered OD-RCI:


And now the views...

The Port of Beirut. The cruiseship you can see park is the Orient Queen, owned and operated by the Lebanese cruiseship company, Abou Merhi Cruises. It operates a one week long cruise once a week in the Mediterranean.


The highrises in the distance are in the Ashrafieh district of the city.


Martyr's Square, once the thriving center of the city before the war. All the war torn buildings were demolished which is why it is quite an open space now. Eventually it will be completely built up.


The large building with the red roof is the Grand Serail which houses the Prime Minister's and his cabinet's offices.


Looking down, you can see this development, the Souks of Beirut. The first phase will be completed next year and will become one of the top shopping destinations in the country.


The Beirut Marina area. Two high-rises can be clearly seen rising. The high-rise still rising with the crane attached is the Four Seasons Hotel which is scheduled to open next year. Behind it the highrise that is nearly complete with the crown on top is the Marina Tower residential development. The Beirut Tower residential development can be seen further back. This entire area will be lined with more than 7 highrise buildings in a few years:




This is an area that is being reclaimed from the sea. For now, it is just a pile of rubble.




In 2020, this pile of rubble will look like this. I only wish 2020 wasn't so far away!


After the balloon ride, me and my cousin wondered around downtown taking photos. Here's a selection.

This is probably my favorite street in Beirut, Foch Street. It is so beautifully decorated with flowers in the median:






The Martyr's Square statue that the square is named after with the new Mohammad Al Amin mosque in the background:




The building on the left is the Virgin Megastore. My cousin and I went in as he was looking for a particular George Benson DVD which unfortunately he did not find.


Nejmeh Square with the famous clock tower (currently under renovation). A Starbucks can be seen on the left, more proof that they've invaded the world.  Wink At night, the square is so crowded and it is difficult to find a sea in the cafes.


Here's a photo I took a few years ago at night so you can see what I mean:


The Beirut Municipality, one my favorite buildings:


Busy Weygand street:










These weren't taken by me, but I thought it was worth showing what Beirut looks like from the air:






Look out for a trip report in the Trip Reports forum within a week!

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3692 times:

Wow, that looks just awesome. The streets look clean, most of the buildings nicely in shape. Must be a great place to be. However, it looks bigger than expected to me. Can anyone help? How many inhabitants does the city have?

Frederik



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User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

Amazing pictures, what a view of the city! I can't wait until I can visit Lubnan.

Shawn


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7965 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Another city on my short-list.


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Awesome pictures! Thanks a lot for posting!

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 1):
The streets look clean, most of the buildings nicely in shape.

I agree absolutely, the streets are incredible clean and some look very nice with the flower decoration. The same for the buildings, they are perfectly in shape and look really nice.

Hmmm..... I want to go on a short holiday after the World Cup, why not flying to BEY?

Patrick


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

Quoting BA (Thread starter):
Martyr's Square, once the thriving center of the city before the war. All the war torn buildings were demolished which is why it is quite an open space now.

A most loveable square back in 1975, rather sad to see, in 2004, that it had totally disappeared, whenever the best solution

Quoting BA (Thread starter):
Foch Street. It is so beautifully decorated with flowers in the median

the city-centre of Beirut now looks far better than before 75

Quoting BA (Thread starter):
Here's a photo I took a few years ago at night so you can see what I mean:

that square is one of the nicest to be imagined


User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3566 times:

WOW, Beirut looks amazing, looks like one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Must visit it some day.

Thanks and looking forward to the TR.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3540 times:

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 1):
How many inhabitants does the city have?

The city proper has approximately 1.2 million while the urban area (city proper + surrounding areas) has around 2 million, a little more than half the country's population.

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 5):
A most loveable square back in 1975, rather sad to see, in 2004, that it had totally disappeared, whenever the best solution

Yes, unfortunately the old Martyr's Square is gone forever. In 5-10 years, a new Martyr's Square will be fully developed. Several projects around the square are commencing including the Beirut Gate and Phoenician Village projects.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineFOMEA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 850 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3496 times:

Nice pics BA.
Foch Street Sure looks Nice. The city-centre looks Nice in General.

How many people can fit in that balloon per Ride?



Regards
F-OMEA.



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3479 times:

Quoting FOMEA (Reply 8):
How many people can fit in that balloon per Ride?

It depends on the weather conditions. I can carry a maximum I think of 40 people, but that is only in ideal weather conditions.

Wind and temperature are the two main factors that affect how much it can carry.

If it is too windy, they don't go up at all.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26718 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3434 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 4):
Hmmm..... I want to go on a short holiday after the World Cup, why not flying to BEY?

I am sure Lufthansa will be happy to have you  Silly

Great pictures BA, it reaffirms my desire to visit Beirut



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 10):
I am sure Lufthansa will be happy to have you

Patrick on Lufthansa?!?! Big grin



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3372 times:

Great photos.

I went up in the balloon when it was still located next to Phoenicia Intercontinental hotel, you could actually see BEY's runways 16 & 17. Your pics are further improved with the nice weather, seems it was a crystal clear day, fantastic.

MEA310



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User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

I am in Beirut next week- how do I get access to this balloon?! Looks fantastic!


Happy -go- lucky kinda guy!
User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3344 times:

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 1):
Wow, that looks just awesome. The streets look clean, most of the buildings nicely in shape. Must be a great place to be. However, it looks bigger than expected to me. Can anyone help? How many inhabitants does the city have?

Roughly 2 millions
That area is probably less then 1/4 of the city, the rest is not that gorgeous  Smile a bit of an hypocritical city (the nice word for that is "contrasted" city)

Quoting Raffik (Reply 13):
I am in Beirut next week- how do I get access to this balloon?! Looks fantastic!

Follow the big ball in the sky  Wink
No seriously it's near Starco, St Joseph Hotel / marina , Phoenicia intercontinental, not very far from Raoucheh



rolf
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3245 times:

WOW. BA those are some amazing pics there. I heard Beirut was lovely city but it is more than that after looking at those pictures. With a mix of Nice historical and new buildings it truly is a good site. Thank for sharing those pics BA

[Edited 2006-07-17 10:25:11]

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8171 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3141 times:

The Israelis are really destroying something of beauty.


fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineBhxfaotipyyc From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

Wow. Great pictures. Unbelievable to think that you were posting these only a couple of weeks ago, to where we are now.


Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.
User currently offlineClipperhawaii From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2033 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

I wonder how the balloon operators feel now that they realize that some of their best customers over the last few weeks were Israeli agents?  Cool  camera 

Of course we have no way of knowing that but what a thought just the same.

On a serious note, what a beautiful city they had.



"You Can't Beat The Experience"
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8171 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

Quoting Clipperhawaii (Reply 18):
On a serious note, what a beautiful city they had.

Crocodile tears at best. You make it sound like it was destroyed by a natural disaster, rather than American weaponery and American taxpayers' money.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

Quoting Clipperhawaii (Reply 18):
On a serious note, what a beautiful city they had.

they still have it. Dented in a few parts, but it will be repaired fairly quickly. So that your deceitful and malicious "had" is inappropriate.
-
Israeli agents in fact could do everything in Beirut before, as it is an open country. And agents anyway also can see what they want in the most restrictive countries on earth, as restrictions only hit normal people.


User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 20):
they still have it. Dented in a few parts, but it will be repaired fairly quickly. So that your deceitful and malicious "had" is inappropriate.

Israel can now pretty much hit anything it pleases and pretend that it "was a mistake" or that some truck convoy for the Hezbollah was passing there.
Hell did you know that they even hit a UN shelter in 1997, killing 100 refugees, and said that it was a mistake?

So I'm worried that one day, in their attempts to curb the Lebanese government into submission, they might bomb that shiny brand new downtown.

What a cruel world we live in.



rolf
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

Quoting Rolfen (Reply 21):
they even hit a UN shelter in 1997, killing 100 refugees, and said that it was a mistake?

yes, that was widely reported. Suppose the only secure point is the US embassy


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