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…
For those enjoying the virtual walk, why don’t you join the one in Hamra and Ain EL Mreisseh, just click here and here.
and these are the last batch of my walking tour few days ago…I should do this more often…and probably print those pictures and hang them, they really remind me of the Beirut my parents must have known, which must have been a magical time, where bombs, electricity cuts, awful traffic and very bad politicians were not even invented!
Do you also live in a city of contrast? Beirut is definitely one of them…
There is one street in Hamra area, that makes me feel that I have trespassed time; a narrow path taking you from the American University of Beirut down to the corniche and the sea. It has a mix of ridiculously expensive high rises as well as left overs from an era where people didn’t have mobile phones, internet, and color TV.
Here are some of the pictures I took.. cherish them. the next time you will pass by, they might have been reduced to a pile of ashes.