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We are no more going to the South

on Saturday 15 October 2016

Instead, we will be visiting Tripoli


Reasons? Unfortunately, the authorities have rejected applications for our non-Lebanese guests to visit the south. (Our applications were submitted on time + as per their regulations.) They did not explain their reason.


As we will not go without our guests, we have preferred to go to Tripoli instead.

Alia Fares will take us to areas that are not commonly visited or known in Tripoli:

Stop 1 – Wooden Bakery for a quick snack at the entry of Tripoli (around 9:30)
Stop 2 - Castle
The Castle of Raymond St. Gilles including the Shrine built by the Fatimids and the Crusader Chapel.
Stop 3 – Several Old Souks
Khan El Zahab (Gold)
Khan Al Nahhasseen (Copper)
Khan Al Saboon (Soap)
Khan AL Khayyateen (Tailors)
Khan Al Attareen (Perfumes and essences)
Step 4 – Sweets (around 11:00)
Local shop that will present us with sweets to sample (paid for) so guests can buy packages if they want
Step 5 – Turkish Bath – Hammam Ezzedine
Step 6 – Souk Al Harajb
Step 7 – Lunch at Acra Restaurant (around 2:00)
(Expert in Foul Medammes, Balila, Fatteh and Hummos)
Step 8 – The Lion’s Dungeon (Burj al Seba3) and the old Train Station
These are next to one another in the Mina area
Step 9 – Visit to the Old Town of the Mina
Step 10 – End of tour at Abou Antar’s Juice shop (around 5:00)
If you have already booked (to the South), either:
1) Respond to the email we sent you regarding this OR
2) Email your decision by Clicking Here).
We hope you will keep your booking to Tripoli. (No need to rebook.)

If you have not booked (to the South):
please use form below to book a seat.
Note that if you are a couple or a group,
book a separate seat for each person.

The cost $40 of our Transport, Guide and lunch in the quaint Acra restaurant.

We board the buses at 8:15 at the location below and leave Beirut at 8:30 am.
We return around 18:30 or so.

We will meet in the parking lot in Beirut Downtown shown below.
Buses will be there at 8:15 for boarding.
We will leave at 8:30 sharp.



Alia is an archaeologist, building historian and cultural heritage guide for the ministry of Tourism. She finished her first degree at the American University of Beirut and continued her Masters at the university of Bonn at the department of Classical Archaeology. During the summer since then, She has participated in and led excavations in various parts of the country, such as Baalbeck, Byblos, Sir el Dunniyeh, Tell Arqa and Beirut. Alia has also participated in excavations in Germany, Egypt, Syria and Jordan.
In 2007, she returned permanently to Lebanon to begin her PhD. Her research focuses on the Archaeology and Architecture of Roman temples, specifically those whose function has been altered over the centuries from pagan sanctuaries to Christian churches/basilicas.

Currently, Alia is an instructor in "History of Architecture" at the faculty Architecture and Design in AUB and holds a similar position in the Rafic Hariri University (Meshref).

Alia has already taken Karaz w Laimoon on two trips (North and Metn). She also gave us a Monday Talk on 23 May 2016 entitled: "Pagan Architecture and the Local Gods of North Lebanon during the Roman Period".

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