GEMS OF BEIRUT
Art exhibition space
Beirut's Rose House. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Walking along the corniche in Manara, our final gem is easy to spot. The Rose House, a mansion named for its distinctly pink hue, sticks out amid the modern tower blocks more common to the area.
The villa was rented by the Khazen family for 50 years, closed off from the public as a private residence. But all that changed last year when the house hosted British artist Tom Young, whose solo exhibition “At the Rose House” gave the public a chance to come and explore the house with its tiled floors and stained glass windows.
At the moment, however, the Rose House is being restored by property developer Hicham Jaroudi, who has plans to turn it into a museum.
Raouche Pigeon Rocks
These rocks are not the Halong Bay or anything similar but they are a beautiful sight to see especially if you take a walk along the corniche and then drop by the outstanding Beirut waterfront to either rent a bike or enjoy a walk by the sea all while checking the seagulls. This waterfront is car free and quite organized, kids would definitely enjoy playing in the sun over there.
Tucked in the heart of Beirut city, this village represents an oxymoron not only due to its name but also because it is a contemporary ‘village’ in all sense of the word that was built inside a city! Pastel colored buildings where every detail was obviously crafted so carefully, breathtaking fer forge verandas decorated with plants, Lebanese traditional arches, lovely paved squares with benches, cafes and restaurants etc. This is in a nutshell Saifi village.
At Saifi village, you can either enjoy a lovely sit-in with friends in one of the cafes or restaurants, or you can check the lovely stores for some shopping. It is to be noted that one cannot but envy the people who live there because the buildings and all what surrounds them from green plants to balconies, is such a bliss!
Many of us jump at the first chance to take pictures of/with pigeons when in European squares, how about you take some in the heart of Beirut? This may sound quite fulsome but the pictures will speak for themselves.
You can throw them some crumbs or run with their flock as they fly between the buildings of the Nejme square and sit on the parliament’s windows. Their sight is quite fantastic and you may see them the most during the spring season. The pigeons at Nejme square are quite something and another proof that Lebanon has it all, almost everything you usually get so eager to see from all over the world exists in a way or another in Lebanon.