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“Unexpected delights and a site of adventures”
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Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
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Owner description: The impressive ruins of a great Phoenician city.
Beirut, Lebanon
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“Unexpected delights and a site of adventures”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Spending two days in Tyre was a delight for me, not only because I got to see my friend who lives there, for two days, but because I was caught off guard by places that I had not expected.
The city is a port city, and the old area by the sea, the main port, had many interesting attractions. First, there was the large structure that the municipality had built, to allow the buying and selling of vegetables and fruits. Think, a modern-day farmer's market, only integrated into the urban fabric by this steel and wood structure. A very nice touch. Then the actual port had interesting features, such as the skeleton of a boat that was in the process of construction, and who could miss the locked display of "treasures from the sea", where you could buy Phoenician objects, coins, sculptures, even pharoah-like things that were supposedly "found at sea". ALL FAKE, do avoid, but still. entertaining. Dinner by that port was impeccable, at a casual dining place called Abu Tony, you can get fresh fish, fresh shrimps and the Lebanese salad Fattouch at a good price and of great savory taste! Being by the sea in the evening with the fresh breeze made the experience even more savory.
We spent the two days exploring the archaeological sties. There are three. One called Al Buss Archaeological (the largest one, with both Byzantine and Roman ruins), the one by the sea (with the columns and baths) and the one called the Crusaders archeological site because of the small Crusader structure in it. This one is on the mainland and enclosed, one cannot enter. No matter, the main issue at hand is the fact that much can be done to organize those sites and maintain them, if not for culture and heritage then at least for tourism! One advice: yes there are no gift shops in ANY of those sites, however make sure at the Al Buss site to ask at the entry gate for the available local book on Tyre. It's a small book, A5 size, but very informative and written by scholars who have researched Tyre, well illustrated too. It's not on display you have to ask for it. I got mine, (which they fetched from the storage) at the rate of $10 and worth it. There are a few maps in there as well, which you will not find anywhere else. Finally, get your photo taken by the lighthouse near Al Fanar, it has quite a character, this little structure. I would definitely recommend paying a visit to Tyre, if you're in Lebanon and are exploring the country. There should be more information on the web about what's there, but once you actually get there you will find there is much to see.

Visited April 2014
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“clean beaches and friendly people.”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

Two nice sites to visit while you are in tyr. One next to the sea and the other inland. This last one is big and impressive. You can also visit the harra (the old town) known with its churches and narrow streets. For a stay you can try the resthouse of tyr. Friendly staff and clean beaches .
Eating seafood is a must in tyr.

Visited August 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Impressive roman ruins, cute fishing harbour and Christian quarter”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

There are two roman sites in Tyr / Sour, one on the sea and one inland. The site on the sea, the smallest one, is nice because it goes down the sea - think Roman columns standing out against the blue ocean. The inland site is really impressive - you walk through the ancient paved road which, like all Roman roads entering a city, was lined with sarcophagi (tombs), you reach a gigantic arch and you end up at the remains of a huge hippodrome which was partially restored. There's not much left but it's enough to imagine how grand the place must have been.

There's also a very cute fishing harbour with a few restaurants, plus a very cool cafe-bar at the lighthouse behind (you can see some Roman columns on the shore, and even though there's no beach you can swim and get a tan). This is in the small, peaceful Christian quarter where there are several churches (nice church of the Virgin of the Sea, which includes an underground church in the courtyard). There are also souks in the Muslim quarter but I found them less interesting than the beautiful souks in Sidon/Saida.

There were very few tourists and I saw some UN cars on the road (the area below the Litani river is theorically under UN control) but it was very quiet.

Visited July 2013
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Alexandria, Egypt
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“good long day”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

First you visit Maghdouche church then go through the ruins of Sidon and Tyre , the hippodrome, the triumph arch and sarcophagi, also we had lunch by the sea side in Tyre, we also went with our nice guide Suzanne into the old Arabian market, visited an old mansion and the soap museum, so many things to see in these two towns, thank you Suzanne from Nakhal tours for your great information.

Visited May 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“The Ghost of Charlton Heston Lurking”
Reviewed 21 March 2013

My wife and I visited the Hippodrome on March 7, 2013. When you first reach the site, you have to walk through a necropolis with sarcophagi strewn all about in a hazardous manner. Then you reach a triumphal arch that would have made Napoleon proud. After taking a left, you reach the hippodrome, which is truly awesome in scale.

Apparently, this was the biggest Roman hippodrome in the world and still the best preserved with two full bleachers still standing. This video I shot gives you a sense of how big the bleachers were: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ZMtNVpB-U

When we were there, no one else was present but local children using the almost 2,000 year old track for running practice. We climbed to the top of the bleachers and imagined old Charlton in his chariot racing his rivals and yelling "Soylent Green is people!"

Visited March 2013
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