It was a mixed experience visiting this city. Its not always quite as grand as it could be when it is a working holiday but I did manage to get out a bit. On the first day, we ended up wandering through the clean colonial downtown, had a great Lebanese coffee (thick espresso type with sugary sludge at the bottom), and ended up at the mostly deserted seawall pictured above.
But much of the city is remarkably ugly and what city wouldn’t be when invading armies tend to be there more often than not and now about seven years from the last withdrawal (Syrian I believe) shelled buildings still dot the cityscape. Most of it though are slightly rundown apartment buildings that house upwards of 4 million people.
Not far from the city is Biblos and this ancient Crusader cathedral.