Sunset on the Corniche – in Beirut

If you visited the Corniche in the daytime, you might be forgiven for thinking that it was like any other seaside promenade the world over. But come at sunset, especially at the weekend and you’ll feel it’s magic, be bathed in the golden glow as the sky turns orange and purple and feel the warmth in the air.

It’s not just the balmy night but the joyful atmosphere, as young lovers gaze into their future, toddlers on tricycles pedal furiously watched by their smiling, headscarfed mothers, older couples take a stroll and men try their hand at fishing from the rocks while their sons splash and clown around.

All of Beirut is out, just enjoying the atmosphere and hanging out with their friends. After our stroll, my friend and I took the lift to the top of the Gefinor hotel nearby and sipped our cocktail by the roooftop pool, with a great view over the bay. A great end to a day in Beirut.

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    June 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    It’s good to see the Beirut still looks picturesque despite what comes through on the media. Definitely one place I want to visit.

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    Amy @ The Q Family
    June 26, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! I love the sunset photos and you have captured it very well.

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    June 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Beautiful sunset! I love the bottom picture with the sunset in the back…is that you or your friend?! 🙂

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    June 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I’m totally impressed to see this beautiful side of Beirut considering that we usually only hear terrible things about it in the news!

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    marina k. villatoro
    June 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Gorgeous, I love sunsets. For some reason it brings joy to every place, even for a little bit:)
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    Heather Cowper
    June 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    @ Cate, Wanderluster – I found the political situation is calm in Beirut at the moment, so it’s a great time to visit. The UK government changed it’s travel advice a few months ago which will encourage more visitors I hope.

    Beirut right now is more about glitz and glamour and a big construction boom, than it is about bullet holes.

    @Jen – yes that’s me – my friend was a little more camera shy, but I can assure you I wasn’t drinking alone.

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    June 27, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Looks like a great waterfront promenade for an evening walk!

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    June 27, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Love your shots. I remember the Corniche well. I was there in 1999 and I’m glad to hear about the construction boom! We saw a lot of glitz and glamour too but there were also a heartbreaking amount pocked and bombed out buildings, that people were still living in! It was a crazy juxtaposition to say the least. Did you get anywhere else in Lebanon? Would love to see more shots!
    : )

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