This is a fun city. Its also an old city. Thousand year old rivalries and conflicts are as strong today as they were ages ago.
This was put to us today when taking a little detour off the tourist track to Bourj Hammoud, a heavily populated district in northeastern Beirut where a big Armenian population resides. We were recommended by our hotel to head there to find second hand camera equipment.
We also met a very helpful young man in a coffee shop. He is Turkish, wants to go to England to participate in some hooliganism and has a Hitler speech as the ringtone on his phone. He also talked about the Armenians and how they were just greedy and wanted to take all the Turks land.
I understand that this young man was not the best representation of the Turkish population in Beirut but I think it gave me a reminder about how people can cling onto something that happened 90 years ago.
Sorry about the sophomoric philisophical musings.
Anyhoo, whilst there I took some snaps at some of the religious iconography in the area.
After, We went to the Rawcheh Rock formation which is the most famous natural feature of Beirut. Went to a cafe near there and took this photo of a nargileh or hookah attendant preparing it for a customer.