Although several in the group stay on Cyprus to visit several sites in the Nicosia area, most of us hopped back abroad our Explorer jet for the 50 minute flight to Beirut. A beautiful city with again more of a middle eastern flair we start with a tour of the National Museum which houses one of the world’s best collections of Phoenician art. In addition to the beautiful art, we watched an eye opening video showing the restoration of the museum after the nations tumultuous civil war during the late 1980’s.
Then off to lunch, after a stop at the striking Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, located, interestingly, right next door to the Maronite Cathedral of St. George (the former built in 2007, and the latter in 1894). After lunch, we had some free time to wander the local streets, and sneak in an ice cream, before having to head back to the bus for our return flight to Cyprus.