Today I went to the first time to the neighborhood Bourj Hammoud in Beirut. It’s an armenian neighborhood close to downtown.
As always, the traffic seems to become more and more an infarct in this city. 7 kilometers took us half an hour.
The hood itself is not really fancy. Raw, old buildings, a lot of small shops and markets. It’s raw, it’s not clean and it’s colorful. Must see, if you come to Beirut.
People like to show their religion in this city.
One of the endless little greengrocers’s shops. No need to buy that stuff from the supermarket anymore. I’ll take a tour to Bourj Hammoud and buy my stuff in here. It’s more fun and it saves even money.
Around the main road: many abandoned and rotten buildings.
Chaplets are always a good souvenir to bring with.
And again: symbols of their religious beliefs.
Even on the cars. I wonder what this guy sells – if you look closely, you’ll find little hooks attached to this metal pipe at the hood.
Later on we’ve been to this trashy antique store. A colleague of mine bought some gifts for Germany, because he’ll leaves Lebanon for good.
Hookahs, glasses for tea, plates, key rings, lamps, flags…
And sheesha, nargileh, hookahs, waterpipes…
They sell so many things here, it’s hard to focus sometimes. The air is full of fresh and old smells – like this time full of garlic.
And the architecture stands for itself. Electric, television and internet cables, wherever you look at. I’ll come back soon. I loved it !