Beirut ashrafieh {melting pot}

would love to have this balcony!

My walking this morning took  me to the streets of Ashrafieh in Beirut. Still a reminiscence of the old lovely Beirut, but mixed totally with super modern high rises that pop up like mushrooms in between the soon to be ruins of old Beirut.

It is quite a contrast to see old artisans side by side to super sleek and modern buildings. And maybe that is the way it should be. A mix of today and yesterday. I just hope that the signs of yesterday will prevail, they add such  strong charm to the neighborhood, and a feeling of history that you will not see anymore once the last yellow stone and red tile has been removed.

Enjoy the street…

more lovely balconies
more lovely balconies
a mix of the old and the new, side by side, or wall to wall!
a mix of the old and the new, side by side, or wall to wall!
funky shop on the first floor of an old house, preserving it from demolishing!
bakery around the corner, perfect setting
opposite the old house and the bakery, the contrast is huge!
wood artisan repairing old chairs and cupboards, facing the high rises!
the artisan has probably never changed the setting of his little shop in 50 years!
charming last breath of what must have been a lovely house surrounded by trees and gardens!
i have a soft spot for shabby wooden doors and windows
someone is still living behind the green shutters…

For those enjoying the virtual walk, why don’t you join the one in Hamra and Ain EL Mreisseh, just click here and here.


3 thoughts on “Beirut ashrafieh {melting pot}

  1. oh yes these are so pretty! I have a friend living in one of those old houses in Ashrafieh, it’s got so much charm, I love her place!

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