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Morocco, Lebanon Or Turkey For A Vacation?  
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Posted (9 years 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

So part 2 of the UTA family winter holiday search  Wink

Any residents or ex-residents of the aforementioned countries ?
And what should we do with one week of our time ?
Cities concerned would be Agadir or Casablanca for Morocco, Beirut and Istanbul.

Regards,

UTA  checkeredflag 


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User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

I am half Lebanese, I happen to be here now.

You can't miss this place.
'nuff said.

Kay


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Thread starter):
Casablanca for Morocco, Beirut and Istanbul


Casablanca is great, and so are Istanbul and Beirut. Would however suggest Beirut as the best option. Istanbul has usually rather rainy and cold weather in late fall, early winter.


User currently offlineFOMEA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 849 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

William,
you might want to take a look @ :
www.downtownbeirut.com
http://www.lebanon.com/tourism/beirut.htm
http://www.beirut-city.com/beirut_city.htm


Regards
F-OMEA



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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

Definately go to Lebanon!

P.S. Stop opening more threads rubbing in your vacations!

[Edited 2005-08-23 12:56:01]


Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

I can only recommend lovely Istanbul.....as I haven't been to the other two. Seriously, consider Istanbul. It's gorgeous.


The sky is the limit as long as you can stay there
User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3313 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

You can safely scrap Agadir from your list. The biggest attraction is the fish market.

If it really will be "winter" I would not choose Istanbul (still Constantinople for the Greeks).

I would personally opt for Casa and pay my wife a one-week accelerated belly-dancing course as a nice gesture and good investment for the future.


User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
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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.

Happy travels!

-AA777


User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4512 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2023 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.



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4512 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

Oh now that I reread this...if you're going in the winter...you could ski as well. What month are you planning on making the trip?


PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2006 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.

MEA310



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2004 times:
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Morocco Morocco Morocco!

Dude, you have got to go to Morocco.

reasons...

1. Casablanca

2. Marrakech

3. Fez

I could go on.....but I'll just finish with this.....

Friendly people and couscous served by belly dancers.


Turkey is ok too, and the Blue Mosque is tremendous, but Morocco if I have to choose.



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

Oh boy, this is tough.

All of these places are very fascinating.

However, as a Lebanese....I'll suggest Lebanon for you. AA777, AirxLiban and MEA310 have explained why.  Smile

Have a good trip wherever you decide to go.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineAirxliban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4512 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

Quoting MEA310 (Reply 10):
Enjoy your time whatever your destination, hopefully Lebanon.

And make it on MEA  Wink AVOD in Economy on the 2 year old A330-200s with Rollers underneath the wings Big grin



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

OK, all you Lebanese people have me convinced.
Now that the destination is found, a few more questions :

1) Does MEA grant lounge access to Skyteam Elite Plus (Flying Blue Gold) members, even in Y-class ?

2) Can you accrue miles with MEA's cheapest web fares ?

3) Any cheap hotels that you recommend in BEY ?

Many thanks,

UTA  checkeredflag 



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineFOMEA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 849 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Reply 14):
3) Any cheap hotels that you recommend in BEY ?

That is about the only Question i can Answer.

My friends stayed @ the HOTEL DUROY ****
Prices look ok @ $58 a night.

Try http://www.beirut-hotel.com/search.html

If you have any Questions, Let me know.

Regards
F-OMEA.



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User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1952 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  Wink. Morocco is totally safe for tourists but I could live without the hassles.


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Quoting KEno (Reply 16):
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.


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