Life in Beirut

Some will tell you that Beirut is ugly, it is dirty, it is polluted, it has a lot of traffic jam, and then nothing works: there is not even drinking water or electricity continuously … Objectively, these people are not completely wrong. But they probably didn’t have the chance to grasp the magic of Beirut, the magic that makes you inevitably fall in love with it. And I’m not talking about the sense of wonder that comes from discovering treasures like Rome, Paris or London. I’m talking about the love that lasts over time and never fades away. The way the city absorbs you into its history and weaves a thread that connects you to it forever. To make you feel at home here forever.

But Beirut is first and foremost its people. Their enthusiasm, their kindness, and their ability to laugh at themselves and at this land they both despise and adore. Beirut is this vibrant energy: the chaos of hot days punctuated by the sound of horns, giving way to the coolness of evenings that last until dawn.

Beirut is this way of partying as if every day were the last, where political debates and vodka shots intermingle on open-air podiums. Beirut is this strange mix between the West and the East, and these narrow streets where the smells of Moscow Mule from the new underground bar merge with those of the spices from the old local grocery store. In Beirut, it is this singing intonation that remains in the head many years later “Hiiii ! Kifak? Ça vaaa?”, “Anjaaad? “, ” Thank you ktir! ». Beirut, it is this eclectic little world, and yet everyone may still be everyone’s “habibi”.

Beirut, it is this delicate spirit, this perfect balance that makes it possible to live light and carefree moments in a region so rich from its culture and history.

Contraste Urbain

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Vie Nocturne

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Illumination

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Station Bleue

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La Course

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L’Heure Creuse

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La Passage

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Ruelles

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Petits Secrets

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L’Espion

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Mercedes

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Reflet

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La Plage

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La Marchande

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Marché improvisé -1

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Marché improvisé – 2

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Trouvé en haut

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L’ami des chats

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Le Rappel du Ciel

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Vue de Nuit

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Harissa

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