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San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:15 am

This is a trip report from San Antonio, TX to Beirut, Lebanon via Atlanta and Paris-CDG on Delta / Air France and Middle East Airlines

I have most of my family in Lebanon and it had been about 4 years since I had been back so I decided to bite the bullet and purchase my ticket through the Air France website back in late May. The trip was to be a much needed 2 week vacation and break from work. Taking 2 weeks off at a corporate job, at least in the USA, always seems like a big undertaking but luckily my bosses and co-workers were ok with it and I was all set. I was really looking forward to it.

When I had purchased the ticket, the situation in Lebanon was decent, it wasn’t great but it was “normal”. In mid July, about a month and half before my scheduled departure, I began to get a little nervous since the situation started to show some potential instability, especially with the unrest and protest between the Lebanese people against the corrupt government (the trash situation was the tipping point for the locals and they had had enough)

Anyway, I stuck through and was anxiously awaiting and counting down the days before I was able to travel.
I had looked at the big ME3 websites to see if they had some good options and prices from either DFW or IAH but I didn’t find anything that reasonable. Their prices were more than double what AF was showing just for regular Y seats and some of the timing did not make a lot of sense either, I would have to basically spend the night at DXB or DOH so I skipped that altogether.

Flight 1 of 3
Tuesday September 2 2015
SAT-ATL, DL 1641 / AF 8947
N920DN
MD-90
Departure - 10.54AM CST
Arrival - 2.20PM EST
Seat 24A

My girlfriend had dropped me off at the SAT airport around 9.00AM and the lines were really short. It was funny when I went to the Delta counter, the agent looked at my passport and ticket information and said, “oh, that’s funny, my husband was born in Lebanon”. The Lebanese emigrants are all over the world…

We chatted a little bit and then she printed out all 3 of my boarding passes and checked my bags all the way to Beirut.
Security was very quick, with only 3 people in front of me, I made it to the gate area in under 5 minutes.
The airport was really quiet that morning and there was not a whole lot going on. I saw very little activity, probably just 2 Southwest planes ready to depart and that was about it. I walked around for a little just killing time and then went to my gate, A3.
Around 9.45AM, the gate area started to fill up and it looked like it was going to be a full flight.
When boarding was announced, everyone began lining up at the gate. One of the things I really liked about Delta’s boarding process was the fact that the gate agent would call out each person’s name after scanning their boarding pass.
“Enjoy your flight Mr. xxx, thank you for flying Delta Ms. xyz” etc...
I thought that was very professional and definitely puts a personal touch to the flying experience.

Boarding process was pretty smooth and the flight was full, maybe with the exception of 2 seats. I had the window seat and there was an older man next to me who just did not seem like he was in a good mood. We basically just said hi to one another and that was it. I think the legroom was good, for me at least (I’m 5’9”) but I really wish the seats were just a little bit wider, they seemed rather tight (or I have can lose a few pounds and maybe that will help out!)

I took a little nap and snapped some pictures during the flight and then ate some peanuts. The flight was nice and quiet. We arrived in Atlanta on time and then had to wait a few minutes to cross a couple of runways.
I haven’t been to too many airports but ATL is definitely one of my most favorite large airports. It’s very easy to get around in and it seems to be well organized.
There was a few hours to kill so I enjoyed just walking around the airport and checking out a couple of the terminals and even took the train just for the fun of it. It was definitely good exercise walking back and forth especially since I was going to be on a plane for 8+ hours.

Flight 2 of 3
ATL-CDG
Boeing 777-200
F-GSPJ
Departure - 5:45PM
Arrival - 8:10AM
Seat 20E

They had made an announcement a the gate that the flight to CDG was going to be full one. I had paid a little bit extra when I purchased my tickets to get the first couple of rows of Y, which would allow a quicker exiting of the plane once we arrived to CDG. Whenever I have flown through CDG in the past, especially connecting to BEY, it always seems like even with a 2 hour connection time, it is still cutting it close. I was curious about getting a Premium Economy seat, but the price was much higher and I had a tough time justifying it. Maybe one day in the future I’ll find a good deal…

Boarding seemed like it took a while and then once on the plane, people were just standing up in aisles for a while they didn’t seem like there was any sense of urgency or courtesy and I guess the crew was ok with it until they made the announcement for everyone to take their seats.
The seats were decent, but again, seemed like a tight squeeze. I usually try to get an aisle seat on the longer flights since I can get up and walk around and not have to wake anyone up. Having the E seat also means that only one person will be wanting to get out from the inside instead of 2. I remember years ago when AF only had 9 across on their 777’s instead of 10, those were good days and definitely made for a more comfortable trip.

I do not remember the exact time that we finally departed but I believe it was around 20 minutes late because I was getting a little nervous that I was going to be cutting close for my ME flight to BEY.
I tried to sleep during the flight but I wasn’t able to but I watched a couple of movies and listened to some music and then ate. The AF crew were really nice and very friendly and the overall flight was a good experience.


We landed at CDG and it took a long time to taxi and the plane parked away from the gates. Paying a little bit extra for the front of Y seats was really worth it since even then, it still took a long time to deplane and there was still a whole bunch of people in the back.

We had to get on a bus and again, we were just waiting on the tarmac, even with the bus being full. I had no idea what the wait was but you could tell that people were beginning to lose their patience. After about 10 minutes with nothing happening and no one else getting on the bus, the bus drove for what seemed like another 5-10 minutes to Terminal 2E.

Everybody got off the bus frustrated and in a panic mode, trying to figure out where they need to go. We went through the security line, which was moving quickly despite the large number of people and then people were looking at the monitors. My ME flight was going to be in Terminal 2C, and it showed that it had begun boarding...I had to take another bus to that terminal and I was getting a bit worried if I was going to make the flight. I knew that there were a couple of other flights to BEY after in case I missed this one but I just hoped that I did not have to deal with that.

Finally made it to the terminal and to the gate, which was all the way at the end and it seemed like I was the last person to show up. I gave the agent my boarding pass and made it on the plane and sat in my seat and was trying to catch my breathe again!

Flight 3 of 3
Thursday September 3rd
CDG-BEY
Airbus A330
Sorry I didn't get the registration on this one
Departure Time - 10:00AM
Arrival Time - 3:15PM
Seat 38A

I had the A seat which is the preferred seat when flying into BEY as most of the flights will land from the north with Beirut and the mountains to the left of the plane so it makes for some nice scenery and photo ops.

The plane was only about 60% full and I was lucky that the B seat next to me open. The ME flight attendants were in their relatively new uniforms, which I read that they had just changed to those back in April this year.

We waited for about 20 minutes and there were other passengers that were still coming in, apparently they were connecting and were delayed.

After almost 24 hours total of travel time, we finally arrived in Beirut and it was a great feeling. The overall trip was good and thankfully there were no issues and no major delays.

I really enjoyed the professionalism of the Delta gate agents in SAT, the sights and sounds of the Atlanta airport, the laid back but professional attitude of the AF crew and the ME crew. I did not care too much for the lack of organization in the layout of the CDG airport compared to ATL. CDG is such a huge and impressive place that I really hope they work on improving the whole process with connections and all.
The BEY airport is small but it is nice and has come a long way over the years. I am glad that they are hiring more younger people, and women, as passport control agents compared to the old grumpy old men that were so common years ago.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this report, I hope that you enjoyed it.

Below are some pictures from the airports and aircraft:


This is the gate area of SAT, pretty quiet and empty at 9AM:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_090209_zpsbvpf07uh.jpg

Departure and Arrivals at SAT:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_090221_zpsdvnle2vj.jpg

The eating establishments near the gate areas:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_091049_zpsvq6wyrim.jpg

Not a whole lot going on:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_091526_zps08e6d61w.jpg

Southwest Airlines ready to depart:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_091813_zpssr3xwprc.jpg

Gate:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_092457_zpslgxem1gv.jpg

This was the plane arriving and ready to head back to ATL:



Decent leg room but could use more elbow/width room:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_103706_zpsqc2fnvad.jpg

We are ready for takeoff, goodbye SAT, will see you in a couple of weeks:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_105747_zpsmcqwu3gs.jpg

I really like how quiet the MD-90 is with no engine at the wing:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_111153_zps2imm3m1f.jpg


DL snack, peanuts and water:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_111840_zpsl6zunany.jpg

Just landed in ATL, I saw this AF aircraft and I am guessing this would be my flight to CDG later on:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_135557_zpsj17haeyb.jpg

Always busy at ATL, I am fascinated by the number of aircraft movements taking place there:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_140106_zpsdutkfw6b.jpg

Arriving at gate:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_140617_zpsef1yhzxk.jpg

Deplaining - Comfort Plus seats - They didn't look any more comfortable than the normal Y seats but DL gives the option to upgrade to these - Anyone know what the difference is?


Yes, this is Delta Country:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_144101_zpsnafcfsh4.jpg

But also WN seems to have a pretty large operation going on. It is still weird for me to see SW planes at ATL, will take some time to get used to::



Amazing departure schedule at ATL:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_144632_zps0rwwxl5u.jpg

Flying corn:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_150613_zpscwzwemrw.jpg

Beautiful international terminal:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_152817_zps45qzdwi8.jpg

Air France ready for CDG:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_153059_zpsdlddwoc0.jpg

International Terminal:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_153325_zpstirdrhxp.jpg


Gate Area:


AF Seats:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_165426_zpskgua3szp.jpg


AF IFE - Those screens really need to be upgraded...
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_165732_zpsvhtcwe1t.jpg

AF leg room, not bad
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_172336_zps2kzoere7.jpg

AF IFE
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_175446_zpsawmcmz2j.jpg

AF Map
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_180653_zpscamyvmjm.jpg

AF Menu, I had the chicken and some red wine, it was really good.
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_182010_zpsyd9vtcbf.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_182027_zpshgqrctmj.jpg


http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_182045_zpsdl3eqbkq.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_185902_zpsjgujbzll.jpg

Somewhere over the Atlantic, sorry for the blurry output, I was not going to use my flash
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_205252_zpszjtenedo.jpg


http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_210119_zpsf2xwemnh.jpg


http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150902_210136_zpskrqv3qvn.jpg

Breakfast was served when we were getting close to CDG. They also did server an apple pie type pastry but I did not get to take a picture of it, my stomach and my mouth were a lot quicker than my desire to take a picture of it.
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150903_005516_zpshxipmohf.jpg

This is MEA Business class:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150903_092019_zpsafoknwsk.jpg

MEA Cabin during boarding process:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150903_092515_zpscxpztbvy.jpg

Waiting to depart CDG:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150903_092525_zpsz9c9b8wq.jpg

Taxiing heading to runway for departure:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07605_zpsen1rat6h.jpg

ME IFE, the screen was larger and newer than the one on the AF flight:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150903_092537_zpsfp8umqhm.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07618_zpsbretuz4t.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07619_zpsur2xpo5d.jpg

ME Leg room, really good, and a bonus that no one was next to me:
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150903_101216_zpszvfah2hf.jpg

MEA pillow and blanket with the logo, the cedar, the national tree of Lebanon:


Cedar Wings in flight magazine showing the crews new uniforms:




MEA cabin:
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:27 am

cabin
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150903_101159_zpspfiummg7.jpg

take off
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07610_zpshqvxhm51.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07614_zpsj8ycaq4v.jpg

CDG from air
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07615_zpsbmjoqchy.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07626_zpsurrudbxq.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150903_104725_zpspb7yn0md.jpg





http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07629_zpsxpbaepd7.jpg

Cyprus
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07634_zpswc1tljg5.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07636_zps7epspmiy.jpg

getting close
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07637_zps5ewpi0zg.jpg

approaching Beirut
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07643_zpsatq1fe2g.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07644_zpsbnniuih0.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07646_zpsbkryfn86.jpg

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/DSC07647_zpsttw8mcuy.jpg

BEY airport
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah247/twazir/20150903_142544_zpsjqbjlved.jpg
 
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:29 am

Hi Hekk, great report. I am surprised to see you received a menu in AF economy, not even BA offers a menu to economy passengers.

ME looks like a quality airline! Menus in economy, modern PTVs, etc. How was the content in the entertainment system?

How is the situation in Lebanon now? Hopefully it isn't too bad for your family.

Overall a nice read and great pictures. I might be flying DL/AF when I go to BLR next summer, and looks like I can expect a decent experience.
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:22 am

Hey Hekk,

Thank you for this report, very interesting route. While Air France looks bad as always - with the 10 abreast 777 and old PTV, not to mention its home base, MEA looks like a very good airline. Also nice landing photos from Beirut, very interesting!

Greetings from south of the border, Jonathan
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:14 pm

Great report, Hekk. Looks like you had some nice flights with DL, AF, and ME!

Quoting Hekk (Thread starter):
One of the things I really liked about Delta’s boarding process was the fact that the gate agent would call out each person’s name after scanning their boarding pass.

I like this a lot too. They seem to be the only airline that I fly in the US that does this.

Quoting Hekk (Thread starter):
I haven’t been to too many airports but ATL is definitely one of my most favorite large airports. It’s very easy to get around in and it seems to be well organized.

Completely agree.

Quoting Hekk (Thread starter):
There was a few hours to kill so I enjoyed just walking around the airport and checking out a couple of the terminals and even took the train just for the fun of it. It was definitely good exercise walking back and forth especially since I was going to be on a plane for 8+ hours.

We did the same on our recent connection through there!

Quoting Hekk (Thread starter):
Deplaining - Comfort Plus seats - They didn't look any more comfortable than the normal Y seats but DL gives the option to upgrade to these - Anyone know what the difference is?

The seats are no different in design, but each seat has a few inches more legroom. Also, there is free beer, wine, and cocktails served in these rows, along with on longer flights, the choice of something from the First Class snack basket.

I'm impressed that both AF and ME also hand out printed menus in Economy - I don't know any other airlines that still do this!

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:24 pm

Thank you for reading my report.

Quoting ytraveller (Reply 2):
ME looks like a quality airline! Menus in economy, modern PTVs, etc. How was the content in the entertainment system?

It was not bad, they had pretty much the same movies that were being shown on AF (Furious 7, Hot Pursuit, Mall Cop 2, Get Hard, Avengers Age of Ultron etc..) and some Arabic movies. On the music side, there was a variety of current Top 40, some French music and off course some Arabic stations so all in all a pretty good variety.



Quoting ytraveller (Reply 2):

How is the situation in Lebanon now? Hopefully it isn't too bad for your family.

The situation is pretty tense at the moment, a lot of internal struggles but life seems to go on for everyone. Restaurants and clubs are packed, traffic jams on all the roads and people just going on with their daily lives trying to live for today because no one knows what tomorrow will bring. And the situation in Syria, just less than 100 miles away, everybody hopes that there is no major spillover...

Quoting ytraveller (Reply 2):
Overall a nice read and great pictures. I might be flying DL/AF when I go to BLR next summer, and looks like I can expect a decent experience.

Safe travels and enjoy your trip..

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 3):
Thank you for this report, very interesting route. While Air France looks bad as always - with the 10 abreast 777 and old PTV, not to mention its home base, MEA looks like a very good airline. Also nice landing photos from Beirut, very interesting!

Greetings from south of the border, Jonathan

Thank you Jonathan. Yes, landing at BEY is definitely a neat experience.
I hope and dream that one day, in my lifetime, I will be able to see EL-AL flights landing at BEY and ME flights landing at TLV...
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:51 pm

Quoting ytraveller (Reply 2):
How is the situation in Lebanon now? Hopefully it isn't too bad for your family.

I'd add that for Lebanese standards it should be alright. They're THE ones when it comes to continue your daily life no matter what.

I expect that the war in Syria will spill over at some point unless a miracle happens. Even during these days they're islamists escaping through the mountains into Lebanon for medical treatment. Also the amount of refugees are alarming. I really hope my next trip there won't be the last for some time.

Great report.
 
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:09 pm

Great trip report! I was in Beirut in August... has the trash problem gotten much worse? I'm really hoping that it and the political problems don't get too bad. By the way, in case you didn't know, Hemingway's bar at the Movenpick hotel has amazing views of both the ocean and planes arriving into BEY (and they make a pretty good Mojito). I always go there at least once whenever I'm in Beirut. Also, did you find on your MEA flight that the seat didn't recline? Mine didn't when I flew BEY-CDG a few years ago.

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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:06 pm

MEA looks great. I am laughing at the Steward holding an Air Liban DC-3, as it was called.

After my uncle died, I found a large picture of him with the whole Egyptian basketball team taken in 1950 in front of an Air Liban DC-3.

They were travelling to Beirut for a match and he was the Coach of the team.

Stupidly I threw the picture away because it was too sad for me to look at it. It is something I always regretted doing.
 
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:35 am

Hi Hekk,

Interesting trip report with contrasting airlines. Funny that none of the ME3 were cheaper than AF. It's almost a truism on Anet that the ME3 practically give seats away (though I hsven't found that to be the case).

Novel way that ME have, including the menu on the same sheet as information about the airline. Cuts down on cost and weight.
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:05 am

Quoting Marvinhsv (Reply 6):
I expect that the war in Syria will spill over at some point unless a miracle happens. Even during these days they're islamists escaping through the mountains into Lebanon for medical treatment. Also the amount of refugees are alarming. I really hope my next trip there won't be the last for some time.

With Lebanon's population at about 4 million, and the fact that there are an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees, I agree, something is going to give at some point in time, let's just hope that like you said, a miracle happens soon...


N415XJ, the trash crisis was bad but I guess it could have been worse. Some areas were cleaner than others and every now and then you would see piles of trash but I think that it definitely can be worse. Not to say that it's anything to be proud of off course...
Thanks for the tip on Hemingway's, I will definitely have to check it out next time, I have never been inside the Movenpick but always wanted to.
As the for the seats on MEA, the recline was kind of weird. I am not sure if all A330s are like that or not but they don't recline the typical way. Instead, what happens is the bottom of the seat slides forward and the back of the seat slides downwards, its hard to describe but yes, they do not incline in a typical form but they do adjust somehow.ychemsa,

lychemsa, wow, I am sorry about your uncle and that is a sad story. I think we all have been in a situation like yours at some point or another in our lives, where we make a decision that we later regret...It is unfortunate, hopefully you are able to see as much of him and that picture in your memory as possible.

WearyDrover, exactly, I was really surprised by that and I am wondering if they are more expensive because it is originating from North America? I have no idea...
 
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:18 pm

Great TR Hekk  

Thanks for posting.
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:04 pm

A great read, and thanks for the update on Beirut. I recently watched an Anthony Bourdain piece on his visit and love for the city. While I will reserve judgment on Bourdain, I found the people's attitude about the situation there to be amazingly optimistic given the circumstances. It seemed as though each of the people he hung out with were expecting something to occur as a result of what is going on in Syria. Count me as one who is hoping for the miracle, though I have learned through the years that hope isn't really a plan. Not sure there is a plan though. I digress..........

Thanks for the great TR!
 
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RE: San Antonio, TX To Beirut, Lebanon / DL/AF/ME In Y

Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:42 am

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 11):
Great TR Hekk

Thanks for posting.

Thanks Lesfalls.

Quoting woody1974 (Reply 12):
A great read, and thanks for the update on Beirut. I recently watched an Anthony Bourdain piece on his visit and love for the city.

Thanks, I actually have that episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on DVR. I also have the the 2 episodes of his previous show on the Travel Channel, called No Reservations. Yes, he genuinely loves the city...

Quoting woody1974 (Reply 12):
Quoting woody1974 (Reply 12):
Thanks for the great TR!

Thanks for checking it out.

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