Category Archives: Wanderlust

A walk on the Corniche: Beirut

One of the many charms of Beirut, is that the bustling city is straight on the Mediterranean sea. In the heart of Beirut, you can walk down to the “Corniche”, as we call it, the boardwalk, and find your own escape, taking a long walk along the sea. Since I’ve remembered, you will always find the usual characters there. The man who sells Turkish coffee, he who sells ‘Kaak’ (a special Arabic bread in the shape of a bag, topped with sesame seeds or spices)…the Beirut runners, the walkers, joggers. The children who have found a space to run free and ride their bikes. A bench where lovers sit staring into the horizon. Where friends stroll along, deep in conversation, shoe shiners, ponderers and lonely philosophers smoking their cigarettes. Fishermen, laughing groups of teenage boys…those climbing over the side of the cliff for a free swim, and those just enjoying the sea breeze, watching the sunset, alone in their thoughts. Best of all, you will always find a mix of people from all around the country, young old, travellers and locals.

Here are a few pictures to give you a taste of it, on a calm summer afternoon.

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Science of a Smile

Some facts about a smile include

1) It boosts your mood and immune system

2) It’s a natural stress reliever

3) It’s contagious (well, most of the time)

photo by Rania Zeidan

photo by Rania Zeidan

say cheese?

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Some Things Never Change

I came across these two pictures on the internet of early 1970s Beirut and I noticed that they look so much like a few pictures I’d taken just last summer. Granted, there’s not much to see in the pictures, but the nature and landscape are just the same. Some things never change.

Beirut 1970s by Anonymous

Beirut 1970s
by Anonymous

Beirut 2012 by Rania Zeidan

Beirut 2012
by Rania Zeidan

Beirut 1970s by Anonymous

Beirut 1970s
by Anonymous

Beirut 2012 By Rania Zeidn

Beirut 2012
By Rania Zeidn

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Bright-On

Having been inspired by Martin Parr’s Life’s a Beach series, around this time last year, I headed to Brighton on a quest to get my own photos of the Beach. Though I didn’t reach that ironic caliber, there’s always something a little bit nostalgic, a little bit grimey, and a little bit sweet about a sea-side fair ground, and Brighton Pier is no exception. Here are a few photos from my day trip.

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

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A Drive in Mumbai

A few years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to an Indian wedding in Mumbai. The colors, the excitement and the week-long time span were all as enthusiastically expected. What I loved was the colors. Not only was the bride beautifully embellished, but as guests we were all part of the rich spectacle of decoration and celebration. On the way there I caught this portrait of my mother, in orange, ready to embark on the week of festivities, dressed the part and ready to revel.

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

Photograph by Rania Zeidan

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Berlin Currywurst: any time, anywhere, any weather

I recently came back from a city-break in Berlin & one ordinary thing that fascinated me was the currywurst contraptions that the wurst-men would be wearing. Of course this is a very small part of my overall trip, the practicality of the plot intrigued me and so was happy to get this picture of the hot dog man at work. And at only one euro fifty, it’s a delicious bargain.

Berlin, GermanyPhoto by Rania Zeidan

Berlin, Germany
Photo by Rania Zeidan

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