The Present Perfect

Monthly Archives: February 2012

The old French Mandate and Ottoman-era architecture of Beirut is one of my favorite things about the city. I love the balconies held up by strong yet intricate corbels, the triple-arched pointed windows, and the warm colors of the peeling paint. All too often in Beirut these beautiful buildings are in a sad state of disrepair. Often times I see these beautiful old houses and try to imagine what they were like… Read More

Beirut, City of Contrasts: Painted cubes in the window of the chic (and outrageously expensive Orient 499) with the old, bombed-out Holiday Inn across the street reflecting back on them.