If you're looking to get off the beaten track and experience a place less traveled this year, Victoria Brewood has compiled a list of some of the countries that are less visited by tourists but still very much worth visiting.
The Basics Country: Lebanon Where is it?: Lebanon is bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria. What are the main entry points?: Travelers usually enter Lebanon from the airport in Beirut. It has connections to many places throughout the world. If you’re traveling overland, the only way to reach Lebanon is through Syria. The [...]
Lebanon What do you know of Lebanon and Beirut? Let’s be honest: you’ve probably only read this far because you thought the title was ‘Lesbians’. What I knew (or thought I knew) was a place ripped apart by fighting – tanks and rubble in the streets, concrete shells of buildings Emmental-ed with bullet holes. Fanatics [...]
The Chicken Theory “Ali, how come all Lebanese girls have big breasts?” I whispered across the breakfast table signing Pamela Anderson’s figure. “Is it silicon?” It was 10 o’clock on a Monday morning in a trendy restaurant of central Beirut. Ali, my hot new date, followed my gaze and peeked discreetly at the ten twentysomething [...]
Captured Israeli tank in Brashit Hill 880, Irish UN Outpost Brashit, South Lebanon – June 10th, 2000 Standing on the watchtower of hill 880, one of the most exposed outposts of the UN in Lebanon, I began to realise how dangerous it was for the troops before Israel retreated. A former SLA compound is less [...]
Fatima Gate, Kfar Kila, South Lebanon – June 9th, 2000 The crack of the bullets is deafening. There is a lot of screaming and shouting. Chaos. A Palestinian boy has just been shot by the Israeli army on the other side of the border fence, literally yards from where we were standing. Hizbullah stewards, all [...]
Sabra Refugee Camp, Beirut – June 8th, 2000 An utterly depressing place. The Palestinian refugees here live in absolute squalor. Forced out of Palestine by the Zionist ‘pioneers’ in 1948, most fled to Jordan. Misrepresented by the PLO, they again were forced to leave Jordan after the ‘Black September’ massacres of 1970. The refugees soon [...]