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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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Film Review: The Prophet

This is an impressionistic art film of Khalil Gibran’s classic, The Prophet. Directed by Gary Tarn, the film is simply a narration of Gibran’s book, accompanied by moving images of people, places and nature. Narrated by Thandie Newton, the images include clips from from Beirut to New York to parts of Asia. Most of the colour of the film is faded or black and white, and the filming is often shaky, with fleeting moving images of nature and cities, relating to what is being narrated. Watching the film, you are the observer walking through life, and Newton’s soft narration along with the organic filming technique trasports you into a state of mesmerising calm.

It also comes with a dreamy soundtrack.

The Prophet Film poster

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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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