|aerial view of Beirut & Mediterranean coastline|
|our Almond Blooms Guesthouse room|
When we arrived in Beirut, we picked up our rental car and made a mad dash through the crazy city traffic, somehow successfully navigating the labyrinth of roads to our guest house. The guest house, however, was impossible to find--it was a very nondescript place down an alley of the old souk and had no signs whatsoever. The neighbors down the street didn't even know where it was. So, it was a tiny place, but the room was nice and it had an AMAZING view!
We got settled and changed, then went to the Dog River, which, apparently, was difficult to cross in antiquity, so all the conquering nations who passed bragged about their success with carvings on the rock cliff. There are a whole range of inscriptions, from Assyrian and Egyptian to Napoleon to more modern French and Arab.
|this is what the Dog River looks like today|
|Napoleon's inscription, which he placed directly over a Ramses II inscription...so cocky (and unfortunate)|
|Left: Assyrian inscription, Right: another Ramses inscription|