Beirut never leaves a visitor, indifferent; its contrasts are too overwhelming.
Luxurious air-conditioned shops sell elegant international brands. Old villas,
freshly repainted, are reflected in modern glass buildings, mirroring a pastiche
of past and present.
More city contrasts appear in its remaining ruined and abandoned neighborhoods,
a last testimony of the war But just around the corner you'll find animated
side streets full of restaurants, cafes and shops.
Beirut is epitomized by its downtown, you will see restored buildings painted
in beautiful pastel colors in a scene that might have come from «А Thousand
and One Nights.» Narrow pedestrian streets with their perfect geometry, are
often enlivened by nightime spectacles, fairs and parties - all carried out
against the backdrop of the finely carved masonry facades.