A visit to Tyre, Lebanon

Tyre, or “Sur”, as it is called in Arabic, is a big city in the south of Lebanon and was heavily damaged in the 2006 war with Israel. Nowadays, Sur has a thriving little souk, roman baths and the remains of what used to be a “circus maximus” from the Roman era. Right next to the archaeological site is one of Lebanons smallest Palestinian camps, Al Bass refugee camp.

Tripoli, Lebanon

Tripoli, or “Trablus” in Arabic, is my favourite city in Lebanon. It is the only city in this country that has a proper souk, people speak Arabic without using French or English at the same time and it’s a much more genuine and authentic city than for example Beirut. You can get amazing food for very affordable prices and the old city is very beautiful, and similar to Syrian cities like Aleppo. Don’t miss the big mosque of Tripoli, the Mansouri mosque, or the Hamams in this city, that are being renovated at the moment. One Hamam is still functional …

Mleeta, the touristic landmark of Hezbollah

My first time at this place was in summer 2010, shortly after it was opened by Hezbollah. Situated in the mountains bordering Israel to the east, Mleeta serves as a public relation platform and showcase for the Shia organisation in Lebanon. In contrary to my first visit five years ago, the place looks very much deserted now, but still attracts visitors, domestic and foreign. On the day the pictures were taken, a big tourist group from Sudan visited Mleeta. They also made a few changes to the exhibition, adding a few drones and Israeli spy devices that have been found …