Issue 6

Travel Report


Photos by Matthias Ziegler Words by Sonja Steppan



Cliff in Beirut

Strolling through the city, one cannot help but notice how powerfully war must have impacted on the spirits of the inhabitants and the cityscape. There was a time when Beirut was so opulent that it was known as the Paris of the Middle East, frequented by celebrities, wealthy skiing tourists and all manner of top-drawer spies alike. In the days when Life Magazine was still a bastion of photojournalism, its pages described the metropolis as a blend of Las Vegas and St. Moritz, redolent of the “spices of Araby”. Yet even today, the life-affirming optimism of the Lebanese and its corollary, their boundless hospitality, remain unbroken.

Our tips were provided by Nayef Francis, Rudy Shaheen, Tanya ­Traboulsi and Vladimir Kurumilian.

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