The Wondrous City of Beirut

March 31, 2009 at 5:54 am (Uncategorized)

Historians, writers and well-wishers have often described the city of Beirut as a mix of heritage and rare charm. A city that saw human civilization grow from the prehistoric era, and one that consists of a rich archeological heritage now to link-back to that proof. A city that has enjoyed taking various faiths and cultures into its stride, and loved to share its numerous shades with the outside world. A land that has rejoiced in inviting guests, and providing them with lavish Beirut hotels and hotels in Lebanon to let them experience the same excitement of living in Beirut with a modern touch.

What we stated above is merely a symbolic appreciation of Beirut. A blend of past and present and a fusion of the Middle Eastern and modern lifestyles are two most striking aspects about it. But, there is more to add in a long list of Beirut’s attractions, if one examined the city closely. Take for example, its pristine seashores, the Mediterranean climate and an inviting tourism infrastructure, which includes Beirut hotels and hotels in Lebanon, and you may start planning your next vacation there.

Beirut, with its over two million population, is located midway on a peninsula at Lebanon’s coastline with the Mediterranean sea. The city was originally named Berut or “The Wells” by the Phoenicians, who ruled the area from 1200 BC to 1000 BC. Excavations in the downtown Beirut have unearthed footprints from the Hellenistic, Roman, Arab and Ottoman periods, apart from the Phoenician one. Much of the modern infrastructure, which includes Beirut hotels and hotels in Lebanon, is scattered over this invaluable heritage and part of the city’s tourism itinerary.

Beirut’s modern history can be described in as many shades as its archived one. The city was placed under a French mandate along with the rest of Lebanon, following the collapse of Ottoman Empire at the end of World war I. Lebanon gained its final independence in 1943, and Beirut was declared its capital city. The city remained throughout this period, a major trade and commerce, tourism and knowledge hub of the whole Middle East. Notwithstanding its brief civil war at the end of the 20th century, the city has always been regarded a symbol of sustenance, beauty and growth, more so since its return to peace in 1990. A remarkable addition to Beirut’s skyline came up post the year 1990, as newer residential and commercial blocks were dug in alongside its old array of Beirut hotels and hotels in Lebanon, apart from other amenities.

The following highlights should add more excitement to your stay in Beirut. For example, Beirut is home to several popular television channels, such as Future TV, New TV and LBC, apart from a number of sports and cultural activities. The city was a host to Asian Club Basketball Championship and the Asian Football Cup in the recent years. The city has also been a host to Miss Europe pageant eight times since 1960. Apart from providing recreation and hospitality through its sea beaches, Beirut hotels and the hotels in Lebanon, the Lebanese capital also lends you an easy access to other towns of Lebanon and elsewhere. This includes favorable sea, road and air connectivity.

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Boston Duck Tours – How to See Boston by Land and by Water

March 22, 2009 at 5:55 am (Uncategorized)

If you’re planning a visit to Boston, Boston Duck Tours offer a memorable way to see many of the most important sites and get oriented to the city.  You’ll also have loads of fun.

Why?  Well, for a start, you ride around high above the surrounding traffic in a World War II-style amphibious vehicle.  General Motors built 21,000 of these land-and-water vehicles, code-named DUKWs, during the War.  Each of the 24 vehicles used for the Duck Tours sports a unique and colorful paint job with a name reflecting something about Boston’s history and attractions, such as “Liberty Teresa,” “Symphony Hal,” and “Frog Pond Lilly.”

You’ll also enjoy the tour guides, or “ConDUCKtors,” as they’re called.   Going by names such as “Major Tom Foolery,” “Commonwealth Cowgirl,” and “Dr. Ima Quack,” they’ll soon have you laughing with their witty and informative stories about Boston history, events, and traditions.  Not only do they tell you about the sites you pass by, but they’ll also give you the inside scoop.  Of course, some of their tales, especially those you’ll hear as you pass by Boston’s historic cemeteries, may not be 100% true.

You’ll tour several of Boston’s most interesting neighborhoods – Downtown, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and Charlestown – and as you pass groups of pedestrians and cars with open windows, your ConDUCKtor will strongly encourage you to quack.  That’s right, quack.  Of course, you don’t absolutely have to…but once you notice pedestrians quacking back and waving, you may get into the spirit of the tour.  After all, how often do you normally get to quack at people walking down the street?

For a lot of people, the biggest highlight of the Boston Duck Tours is Splashdown.  Remember, you’re in an amphibious vehicle designed to travel on land and water.  You’ll drive up next to Boston’s Charles River – and suddenly, you’re in it!  You’ll want to make sure you have your camera with you because you’ll get some great views of the city skyline that you can’t get anywhere else.

In case you’re wondering if only tourists go on these tours, the answer is “no.”  Boston locals also love the Duck Tours, and they’re a popular venue for work celebrations, family outings, school trips, and sometimes, just something fun that friends do together for no particular reason.  And of course whenever the Boston Red Sox win the World Series, the Duck Tour vehicles lead the celebration parade.

Boston Duck Tours depart from Prudential Center, the Museum of Science, and New England Aquarium.  You can buy tickets at these locations as well.

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