Goodbye summer

Autumn moved in on the Levant with great aplomb last week. No hesitation, no second thoughts. Just gusty winds and earth-shaking thunderstorms. So I thought I’d take a moment to celebrate the tail end of the summer sun just a couple of weeks ago.

fishing off the Corniche, Beirut

fishing off the Corniche

Strictly speaking this was already autumn, but as it was warmer than most summers in my hometown, I can’t quite call it that.

cats on the coast, Corniche, Beirut

cats on the coast

Catnapping until the next catch comes in.

building up their tan, Corniche, Beirut

building up their tan

Off with the heavy boots and out with the magazine – these guys know how to let go of daily cares.

the little things, Corniche, Beirut

the little things

Although it only takes a few minutes to get to the Corniche from anywhere in Beirut, I’ve tagged this post “day trips“. You really could spend all day there, sharing the thrill of the tug on that hook, popping wheelies on a bike from the hire shop, and watching the broadest spectrum of diversity Lebanon has to offer.

There’s a great pastry shop opposite the Grand Café, Pâtisserie Ghazi Al Hallab & Fils, on the Raouche end, or you can get a slightly pricey lunch or dinner at Casablanca on the downtown end.

7 Responses to “Goodbye summer”

  1. Lesley says:

    I know what you mean and the day starts at sunrise with Tai Chi, walking and jogging. Moving to families enjoying the evening sunset. With all those activities you mentioned in between and the addition of the wonderful food.

    Why aren’t I there I ask myself?

  2. Chrissy says:

    We were watching a Machrou3 Leila music video and my sharp-eyed boyfriend spotted an end credit that said “Produced by Ginger Beirut.” Is this a coincidence or a side gig for you? :) Either way, we really enjoyed the music.

  3. jean says:

    Amazing pics! Just wondered if safe stillif I find a tour (end Sept?) Thanks :)

    • Thanks. Currently things seem calm. It’s impossible to predict what could happen next week or even tomorrow. The situation can change very quickly. Still if people always stayed away at tense times, no one would ever come to Lebanon, and much of the time things are peaceful. Your call!

  4. Jean says:

    thanks! Well put…I’m going and will make the most of whatever happens:))

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