Lebanon Day 17 -Saturday November 5th 2011

Lebanon Day 17 – Saturday November 5th 2011

Lebanon Day 17 – Saturday November 5th. 2011

We got up fairly early this morning with banging on the door. It was the local priest. He invited us to see his church in Bkeshtay. He is a relative somehow I guess. His name is Nicholas Karam. We have to be polite even though we did not get in till the wee hours of the morning. This is our last day in Lebanon. The church is across the street from Joseph Saliby’s house. The church is beautiful. The old one was bombed I the last war. They are still restoring the ceilings in the sacristy. Walid talked to him about us getting re-married and renewing our vows during our next trip. He agreed. Joseph Saliby will maybe stand up for Walid. Maya will do the make-up. A new dress purchased from Leyla’s Boutique. I would like Lucy to stand up for me. What a dream. We have always talked about getting married in Lebanon.                                                                                      

After visiting the church we went to the Saliby’s for breakfast. Maya gave me beautiful Lebanese make-up and manicure. I will go home looking like a queen. I feel like a queen. Next trip we will know our way around Lebanon so much better. Everyone has been so wonderful. We will miss everyone.

Cedar of Lebanon

The highlight of the day was a girl herding goats down the street in front of the church and by the Saliby’s house. It was magical. The scene reminded me of the sheep in Wales back in 2005. Unfortunately I did not have a  camera with me and got no photos.

In the late afternoon we went back to Sitti Melecki’s house and packed our suitcases for the flight home. We had to get it done before the power went off again. We just made it. Back to Saliby’s for a snack and coffee. Then back to the house for a short nap. We are totally beat and we leave at 4am.

Talal picked us up at 10:30pm with Neena in the car. We went to a club near the Rouchie. The dancer was better than the one yesterday. But the music was not that good and too loud. The dancer’s show was nice. She was a good dancer. Place was full of people celebrating the Eid. What a great way to end our trip. I am feeling tired and sad. The trip of my dreams is over and there is still so much more to do and see in Lebanon.

St Harissa, Lebanon
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Lebanon 2011 Day 5

Woke up early. Feel a little better today. Walid wants to go to the water front today. This is fine with me. Have been wanting to see The Rouchie (Pigeon Rock). The girls came by and we walked down there. Had coffee and hot chocolate then ordered lunch while looking at the spectacular rock formation in the water.We then walked on the Corniche. took pictures the whole time.Walid and Georgia found a back to change some money and we met back at our hotel lobby.  Delightful time. We then walked the girls back to their hotel Purchased a phone and Lucy purchased some last minute gifts.When we got to Royal Gardens Hotel we ran into Ginger and one of her girls. We chatted a while and then Nour showed up.We then went to Barbers for dinner. Had a great dinner. We walked back past our hotel towards the Rouchie and found  a little store that sells wine and liquor. Then came back to our hotel and had a glass of wine in the restaurant. Hamadand took the girls back to their hotel so they did not have to walk at night. I prepared my costume for the show the following night. Amani called . We met in the lobby and chatted. Her and Ali are as sweet as I thought they would be. We had a very nice visit. Ali looked familiar to us. Turned out he was with George Wassouf when he came to Boston and also attended the hafli we were at. Plus he is a great guitar player.he was telling us about it. Amani reminds me of Nadia Gamal but is definitely her own person. So gracious. So glad we got along. Tomorrow the festival begins. Everything is so exciting. Neena is here in the hotel too. Check out our webpages for pictures. http://Destination Dance.webs.com