Monday, August 23, 2010


It’s so cute and lovely to feel like a terrorist
It feels quite awesome and civilized to actually be able to travel to a country without needing to be issued a visa, or simply getting the visa upon arrival to the destination airport.

One of my most annoying deeds is to actually apply for a visa, preparing dozens of papers including when you got off the potty and stopped wearing diapers, so the embassy in question tells you to bring another paper, or asks you annoying questions, where have you been, where are you going, what are you going to do there?

I understand it’s for security reasons, I do, but when you have been to the same country more than 5 times, and you’ve come back, and not bombed anything, this kind of shows you’re not a threat.

Utter waste of time, days off and patience.

Countries that don’t require VISAS from Lebanese
Anyway, over here you can find the visa requirements for Lebanese to all countries including those that do not require a visa (recently joined by Turkey) and those who can simply issue you one once you land in their country (such as Armenia, to which I will be going to soon, *happy dance*).

Other interesting countries that don’t require a visa from us Lebanese are: Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti, Malaysia, Nepal, Maldives, Madagascar… Nice eh?

One of the things I used to envy when I see American movies, is when persons arrive to the airport, choose a random destination and immediately buy a ticket and go there. I always wished we can do such a spontaneous thing as Lebanese with only a Lebanese citizenship.

Hmmm, now this inspires me to write another post, about having more than one passport. Coming soon.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Where to go when you visit Lebanon - Site 11: Bolonia

Bois de Boulogne - Mount Lebanon - Lebanon

Bolonia is situated in Mount Lebanon, just after Dhour Shweir and just before El Mrouj, the name inspired by the French who compared it too much to their own Bois de Boulogne, which is full of tall pine trees and many of them. It's the nature we don't see that much of in Lebanon.

I took some photos along the way to Zaarour, it was foggy today, but definitely a beautiful breeze perfect for running away from the humidity and super heat that has been reigning over Lebanon the past weeks.

It's a great spot for photography walks where you can take photos of the houses there, they are beautiful, but unfortunately many of them are deserted (history, politics, war...).

Original color

And finally, an old house or shop that looks to be abandoned.

Bois de Boulogne - Mount Lebanon - Lebanon

Only sharpened (style inspired by a friend of mine)
Most importantly, don't forget to have this amazing combo of Pizza and Burger at Chez Chakour.