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Lebanon Flag The Republic of Lebanon (French: République libanaise) is a country in the Middle East, located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Israel and Syria.

As of 2009, the population of Jordan was estimated as being 4,224,000. The country's capital and largest city is Beirut, which, as of 2007, has a population of about 2.1 million.

Lebanon Country Details


Country Name Lebanon
Political Status Country
Geographic Location The Middle East
Flag Lebanon Flag
Principal Languages
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Capital Beirut


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    Lebanon (Bradt Travel Guide)
    By Paul Doyle

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    Lebanon (Bradt Travel Guide)
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    This new edition of Bradt's Lebanon remains the most comprehensive and detailed English-language guide available. In addition to its more in-depth coverage of essential background information such as history, culture and religion the guide has expanded treatment for the business traveller and prospective property buyer. Subjects such as the environment and responsible travel are given increased emphasis, and there is plenty of additional information for those interested in volunteering opportunities. The guide also caters for all types of travellers and budgets with extensive listings and reviews for accommodation and restaurants. There is also a new section on travelling with children. With a comprehensive language appendix covering both Arabic and French together with an expanded further reading section for this new edition, Bradt's Lebanon is an indispensable practical companion for use within the country and a useful work of reference for armchair travellers too.
    Although only half the size of Wales, Lebanon offers extraordinary diversity. Here, some of the oldest human settlements in the world at the Phoenician ports of Tyre, Sidon and Byblos sit alongside modern Beirut, popular for its cuisine, eclectic nightlife and mosaic of peoples. In Lebanon's second city, Tripoli, busy medieval souks are watched over by a vast Crusader castle. Outside the city, snow-capped mountains and the lush Qadisha Valley with its snaking river and waterfalls provide entertainment for skiers and hikers, while the Mediterranean Sea draws sun and watersports enthusiasts. Bradt's Lebanon provides detailed cultural and practical information to this increasingly popular destination. It also provides in-depth historical and religious background enabling visitors to travel with awareness and sensitivity.

    Lonely Planet Middle East (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Sofia Barbarani, Virginia Maxwell, Anthony Sattin & Jenny Walker

    Lonely Planet Publications
    Paperback (608 pages)

    Lonely Planet Middle East (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Middle East is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Be awed by the grandeur of Istanbul's Aya Sofia, contemplate history at Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock, and explore the wonder of Giza's Pyramids; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the Middle East and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet Middle East:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, religion, architecture, cuisine, arts, landscape, environment, traveller etiquette, safe travel, women travellers
    • Over 75 maps
    • Covers Egypt, Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Middle East, our most comprehensive guide to the Middle East, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

    • Looking for a guide focused on Turkey, Egypt or Iran? Check out Lonely Planet's Turkey, Egypt or Iran guides for a comprehensive look at all these countries have to offer.
    • Also check out Lonely Planet Istanbul, a detailed guide to the city's most renowned attractions, or Pocket Istanbul, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Sofia Barbarani, Jessica Lee, Virginia Maxwell, Daniel Robinson, Anthony Sattin, Andy Symington, Jenny Walker

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

    Lebanon (Bradt Travel Guide)
    By Paul Doyle

    Bradt Travel Guides
    Paperback (272 pages)

    Lebanon (Bradt Travel Guide)
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    Although smaller than the state of Connecticut, Lebanon offers extraordinary diversity. Here some of the oldest human settlements in the world at the Phoenician ports of Tyre, Sidon, and Byblos sit alongside modern Beirut, popular for its cuisine, eclectic nightlife, and mosaic of peoples. In Lebanon's second city, Tripoli, busy medieval souks are watched over by a vast Crusader castle. Outside the city, snow-capped mountains and the lush Qadisha Valley with its snaking river and waterfalls provide entertainment for skiers and hikers, while the Mediterranean Sea draws sun and watersports enthusiasts. Bradt's Lebanon provides detailed cultural and practical information to this increasingly popular destination. It also provides in-depth historical and religious background enabling visitors to travel with awareness and sensitivity.

    Beirut Focus Guide (Footprint Focus)
    By Jessica Lee

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    Beirut Focus Guide (Footprint Focus)
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    Go for an early morning walk along the Corniche – Beirut’s seaside promenade – and watch as the Mediterranean Sea laps against the rocks while the summits of Mount Lebanon dominate the horizon to the east. Enjoy a strong black coffee here before hitting Hamra to experience Beirut’s bustling commercial side or the old Central District to admire the elegantly restored Ottoman and French-colonial buildings – a demonstration of Beirut’s determination to become the ‘Paris of the East’ once again. Footprintfocus Beirut features practical advice on getting to and around this up-and-coming city, along with fascinating insights into Beirut’s culture and history.

     

    ·         Essentials section with practical advice on getting there and around.

    ·         Highlights maps of the region so you know what not to miss.

    ·         Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where to eat, drink and sleep.

    ·         Detailed street maps for Beirut and key destinations.

    ·         Slim enough to fit in your pocket.


    Loaded with advice and information on how to get around, this concise Footprintfocus guide will help you get the most out of Beirut without weighing you down.

    Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon (Lonely Planet Syria and Lebanon) (Multi Country Travel Guide)
    By Terry Carter & Amelia Thomas

    Lonely Planet
    Paperback (436 pages)

    Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon (Lonely Planet Syria and Lebanon) (Multi Country Travel Guide)
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    Discover Syria & Lebanon

    Smile your thanks when the elderly caretaker of a Damascus house opens the door just for you
    Test-drive your Arabic as you fly through the Syrian desert in a 1960s Dodge taxi
    What conflict? Find your peace hiking amid waterfalls, hermitages and monasteries in Lebanon's gorgeous Qadisha Valley
    Lather up with olive oil soap from Aleppo's famous souq - and learn how to pick one fit for a queen

    In This Guide:

    Three authors, 140 days of on-the-road research, one international conflict, countless invitations to tea
    Ask the archaeologist: all your questions on Syria's stunning ruins answered by a specialist
    Get the local lowdown: special color chapter featuring travel tips from Syrians and Lebanese
    House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
    By Anthony Shadid

    Mariner Books
    Released: 2013-02-05
    Paperback (336 pages)

    House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
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    “Wonderful . . . One of the finest memoirs I’ve read.” — Philip Caputo, Washington Post

    In the summer of 2006, racing through Lebanon to report on the Israeli invasion, Anthony Shadid found himself in his family’s ancestral hometown of Marjayoun. There, he discovered his great-grandfather’s once magnificent estate in near ruins, devastated by war. One year later, Shadid returned to Marjayoun, not to chronicle the violence, but to rebuild in its wake.

    So begins the story of a battle-scarred home and a journalist’s wounded spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came to fortify the other. In this bittersweet and resonant memoir, Shadid creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house’s renewal alongside the history of his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America around the turn of the twentieth century. In the process, he memorializes a lost world and provides profound insights into a shifting Middle East. This paperback edition includes an afterword by the journalist Nada Bakri, Anthony Shadid’s wife, reflecting on his legacy.

    “A poignant dedication to family, to home, and to history . . . Breathtaking.” — San Francisco Chronicle

    “Entertaining, informative, and deeply moving . . . House of Stone will stand a long time, for those fortunate enough to read it.” — Telegraph (London)
    Lebanon Travel Pack (Globetrotter Travel Packs)
    By Moira McCrossan

    Globetrotter
    Paperback (128 pages)

    Lebanon Travel Pack (Globetrotter Travel Packs)
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    The highly successful Globetrotter Travel Series, which includes Travel Guides, Travel Maps, Road Atlases, Best Of Pocket Guides and In Your Pocket Language Guides, presently covers more than 90 destinations worldwide. The Packs are excellent value, including both a guidebook and a foldout Globetrotter map of the region, in a printed plastic wallet.

    The handy pocket-size guide is packed with useful information, tips and recommendations, accompanied by color photographs, charts and maps for the first time traveler who wants to experience the major highlights that Lebanon has to offer. The fold-out map of Lebanon is ideal for tourists and visitors.

    All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World
    By Zora O'Neill

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    All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World
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    “The shaddais the key difference between a pigeon (hamam) and a bathroom (hammam). Be careful, our professor advised, in the first moment of outright humor in class, that you don’t ask a waiter, ‘Excuse me, where is the pigeon?’ — or, conversely, order a roasted toilet.”
     
    If you’ve ever studied a foreign language, you know what happens when you first truly and clearly communicate with another person. As Zora O’Neill recalls, you feel like a magician. If that foreign language is Arabic, you just might feel like a wizard.

    They say that Arabic takes seven years to learn and a lifetime to master. O’Neill had put in her time. Steeped in grammar tomes and outdated textbooks, she faced an increasing certainty that she was not only failing to master Arabic, but also driving herself crazy. She took a decade-long hiatus, but couldn’t shake her fascination with the language or the cultures it had opened up to her. So she decided to jump back in—this time with a new approach.

    Join O’Neill for a grand tour through the Middle East. You will laugh with her in Egypt, delight in the stories she passes on from the United Arab Emirates, and find yourself transformed by her experiences in Lebanon and Morocco. She’s packed her dictionaries, her unsinkable sense of humor, and her talent for making fast friends of strangers. From quiet, bougainvillea-lined streets to the lively buzz of crowded medinas, from families’ homes to local hotspots, she brings a part of the world that is thousands of miles away right to your door.   

    A natural storyteller with an eye for the deeply absurd and the deeply human, O’Neill explores the indelible links between culture and communication. A powerful testament to the dynamism of language, All Strangers Are Kin reminds us that learning another tongue leaves you rich with so much more than words.
    The Desert and the Sown: Travels in Palestine and Syria
    By Gertrude Bell

    Dover Publications
    Released: 2008-09-27
    Paperback (368 pages)

    The Desert and the Sown: Travels in Palestine and Syria
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    Born to transcend the social constraints of Victorian England, Gertrude Bell left the comforts of her privileged life for the unconventional — but thrilling — world of the Middle East. One of the first women to graduate from Oxford, she traveled to Persia and became passionately drawn to the Arab people, the language, and their architecture. A skilled archeologist, historian, and linguist, Bell traveled the world and wrote compelling, perceptive accounts of her daring journeys. The Desert and the Sown is considered to be one of her masterpieces. A magnificent account of personal discovery and political history, this intriguing narrative traces Bell's 1905 sojourn through Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. With an eye for vivid detail, "the female Lawrence of Arabia" offers intriguing images from her often dangerous "wild travel" through regions never seen by another foreign woman. One hundred sixty extraordinary photos illustrate camel caravans; ruins of castles and monasteries; local markets and bazaars; Damascus with its gardens, domes, and minarets; and more. But it's Bell's impressions and conversations with contacts and confidantes of varied cultures that will hold you captive. An inspiring portrait of a woman who overcame the barriers of her generation, as well as a piece of history that offers insight into current events in the Middle East, The Desert and the Sown is fascinating reading for travelers, explorers, and citizens of the world. The book also served as the basis for the 2016 Werner Herzog film Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson. Map included.

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