Day 5. Thursday, 14 July 2011. Sidon, Moussa Castle and Deir Al Qamar are our today’s destination. They are all in southern Lebanon. If Sidon is by the sea, Deir Al Qamar is in the mountain.
Sea Castle and Musee Du Savon become our highlights in Sidon. Other interesting objects such as Khan Al Franj, Grand Mosque, and Debbane Palace were skipped and just passed by.
Sidon is also known as Saida in Arabic, and it is the birthplace of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
Moussa Castle. Moussa is a Lebanese businessman who as a schoolboy was influenced by the medieval period and dreamed of building a castle of that era with his own hands. Caught daydreaming or drawing castles in class, he was beaten by his teacher, mocked by his classmates and by Saideh, the love of his life. He leftschool and worked. In 1962 the foundation stone firstly laid. The castle now complete, every stone having been cut and laid by Moussa himself (source: Globe Trotter).
Deir Al Qamar or the Monastery of the Moon, short distance from Beiteddine. This is Midan, the public square which was once the jousting area. The Mosque of Fakhr ad-Din I stands onthe side of the square. To the right of mosque are souq and Palace of Younes Maan
Back to Beirut, our last night in Lebanon was spent tasting another Lebanese cuisine such as Falafel sandwich. It turned out that the street parallel to Hamra St, Baalbek St., hosts many eateries not to be missed.
Day 6. Our last day in Lebanon :(. Our flight is at 11.45am and therefore not much we can do in the morning other than preparing for take off to Doha. Nonetheless, I managed to have a short morning walk to Rue Bliss, American University of Beirut.