|Four Seasons Beirut tower|
Having just read Philip Mansel's Levant: Splendor and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean, which details the histroy of Beirut and two other Mediterranean cities, I had expected to see more of the destruction from the tragic civil war that Lebanon endured from 1975-90.
Instead we saw luxury high rises along the corniche -- a bit reminiscent of Miami Beach and construction everywhere.
Then there was the opportunity to buy our much-missed American style coffee at McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts.
Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel, where we booked spa appointments for a quiet afternoon.