AA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2531 posts, RR: 30 Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1631 times:
LEBANON LEBANON LEBANON LEBANON!!!!!!!!!!
I was there this summer (and have been there for the past 3 summers) and it is truly a fantastic, wonderful country. I returned to the U.S. just last week from there, and am already missing it. The food, the people, the beaches, the mountians. It is truly an amazing place. If you are lucky and know some french you will get by easily. English is spoken well in many places, especially in West Beirut. Other areas, french is the language of choice, and arabic obviously. I highly recommend that you go to Lebanon. If you dont, i truly feel you'll be missing out. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me thru A.net and i'll be more than glad to help you out.
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4503 posts, RR: 54 Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1607 times:
I've been residents of Istanbul and Beirut and I would say that it is beautiful time of the year to go to Lebanon.
What would you do for one week? Well you would first of all arrive, probably relax the first day, enjoy the beach, go to a beach club, get stuffed to the gills on Lebanese food, enjoy evenings until 6am at the clubs on Rue Monot in Achrafieh, stroll amongst the streets of downtown Beirut (link provided in one fo the earlier replies) have a coffee or ice cream during the day and a nice meal at night. The atmosphere in the downtown district is something special!
You could do a day trip to Baalbeck - one of the best preserved set of Roman ruins in the world - and see what the Bekaa valley is like.
On the way to Baalback you could stop for lunch in Zahleh, a river valley town where you can have a superb meal on a long table with white tablecloths in an outdoor restaurant. Man I wish I could be there right now...
You could also go to the Cedars region and perhaps up north to the town of Tripoli but I don't recommend that you go to Tripoli.
I would think that you'd have an excellent time in Lebanon and if I can provide any further information I would be only too happy to do so, as would the other Lebanese members on this forum I'm sure.
Now as for Istanbul, I can't play that off either because Istanbul is an absolutely beautiful city, second in my mind only to Beirut but that is because I am obviously biased. I suspect however that your stay in Istanbul would most be consumed with tourist attractions such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Museum as well as a couple of other things. It is also a very fun city...I spent two fo the best years of my life there...so I think it depends on what kind of a vacation you want to have. I suspect that you would have a slightly faster paced vacation in Istanbul than you would in Beirut.
MEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 13 Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1590 times:
I have nothing much to add, fellow member AirxLiban and others said their word about Lebanon, I can only second that.
Are you planning on vacationing in october? If so, then Lebanon is a truly great destination, the weather would be warm with plenty of sunshine, the sun shines year round in Lebanon except for winter time obviously, but even so, 3 seasons of sunshine is great in my opinion. Lebanon has something for everyone, whether you like clubing, tourist attractions, sports, or simply enjoying cuisines, the Lebanese cuisine is amongst the best Mediterranean cuisine.
Enjoy your time whatever your destination, hopefully Lebanon.
KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 29 Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
It is written in my copy of Lonely Planet Morocco that 94% of vistors who've been to Marrakech said that they would NEVER return. Ok now I've joined that 94% statistic. I had my fair share of being hassled by touts and sellers wherever I go, being conned to buying things I don't need and forced to bribe the port officers.
Don't get me wrong, I love Morocco. I mean the architecture, the history, the landscape etc. What I could not stand in the hassles I got from the touts and sellers at Marrakech & Tangier. Don't say you have not been warned . Morocco is totally safe for tourists but I could live without the hassles.
Marrakech is bad in this regard. FEZ anyway is much nicer, and also Rabat and Tanger are worth a visit. My favourites in Morocco are Fez and Rabat. Casablanca is an amazing metropolis and Mohammadia is a place to go swimming.