Imagine having Roman ruins within your downtown area? The ruins below are in the Beirut city centre.
Downtown Beirut has undergone a lot of reconstruction over the past few years and is on it's way back to it's former 'Paris of the Middle East' glory.
Above and below is the new downtown shopping area Beirut Souks. Home to many western chains including H&M and Zara, but also Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo, Burberry and many more.
Lebanon is really something else. Downtown you can pass women in burkhas, next to women in singlets and mini-skirts. Army men with AK47s next to teenagers with baggy pants. The electricity is still intermittent and will suddenly go off and then back on again. Hot water is not always a given. The traffic is insane, but somehow just works. The people are lovely. And the food is amazing.