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

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Hamra area {last breath}

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!

{a path to somewhere]
{a path to somewhere]
{an old beiruti house squashed between two high rises}
{an old beiruti house squashed between two high rises}
{once upon a time lived a family in a red bricked roof top house}
{once upon a time lived a family in a red bricked roof top house}
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{stairways to heaven?}
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{charming orange tree on the 3rd floor, olive tree on the ground floor, and meters of electricity wires to finalise the perfect picture!}

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{probably my favourite piece of wall!}

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{once three windows!}
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{more stairways to heaven…}
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{I like the Lebanese flag on that fishing boat…)
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{returning from fishing…a huge contrast seeing that fisherman untangling the net while cars are roaming above his head on the bridge, next to the high rise}
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{Beirut Corniche, cars driving to work, morning walkers…a normal day}
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{ a lovely sight; well preserved old house…}

Do you also live in a city of contrast? Beirut is definitely one of them…

Beirut Hamra {remains of an old era}

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.

chained for ever
{chained for ever}
we do have addresses, but never use them!
{we do have addresses, but never use them!}
a hole in the wall
{a hole in the wall}
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{this boat must have many fishing memories!}
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{nothing left but a hole in the door…}
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{probably a beautiful women once lived there…}
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{i just love that colour}
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{a house in its last breath…}
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{a way of holding on to the crumbling wall?}

More of those pictures in my next post…