Morning stroll in the street of Hamra {My Beirut}

good old news stands
good old news stands

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funky ladies
funky ladies
photography contest ad
photography contest ad
good morning
good morning
remains of art deco style
remains of art deco style
art deco meets hamra juice bar
art deco meets hamra juice bar
valet parking only!
valet parking only!
have a seat
have a seat
oldest shop - Hamra shoes
oldest shop – Hamra shoes
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See: Beirut waterfront 7.30 am

My morning walks by the coasts of Beirut are just great. Sometimes I walk with friends and other times alone, like this morning with music as my companion (switching between light FM and NRG), and linking The sophisticated St Georges beach resort at Ein  El Mreisseh with The “rustic” Sporting resort at Raoucheh.  25 minutes of brisk walking from one end to the other (and then back again!). Two beach resorts, two different crowds, two opposite experiences, separated by 25 minutes of walking.  St Georges is pretty, with grass lawn, wooden deck, a collection of funky shaped swimming pools, white mattrasses and a view of the biggest and most sophisticated yachts of Beirut. Sporting on the other hand has not changed its decor since 1975 (i think!) and gives you a very rustic feel of the Lebanese sea. Concrete, old bathrooms, small fishing boats attached to old ropes, people that have been coming to this place for the last 25 years and greeting one another like one big family.

I just adore when my city offers so different experiences so few meters apart. It is eclectic, crazy, disturbing sometimes but refreshing in a way. I like both sides and actually used both resorts. In between these two places lies what I would call the icing of beaches, “Rivera”. Not a place for me, as I do not have 5 beautiful swimwear to change with, nor do i have the perfect tan, nor the perfect body to fit and relax in that place!

back to my morning walk, here are some gorgeous pictures of the view. Tides were low, so the sea was a mix of dark blue and pistacio green. See for your self.

Beirut Corniche, fishermen
view towards Ein el Mreisseh, greens & blues
a swimmer...
fishing boats...
stunning colours...
have a seat on these one of a kind ceramic benches...
name of the artist behind the bench...

I will display photos of my next walk at Ramlet el Baida (sandy public beach) next week!

Have a great thursday!