Baalbek July 2018

Baalbek is an ancient Phoenician city about 2 hours northeast of Beirut in the Beqaa Valley.  It was a religious center attracting thousands of pilgrims who worshipped the Phoenician sky-god Ba’al and his consort Astarte, the Queen of Heaven.  There was once a grand temple here dedicated to these two pagan gods which was later … Continue reading Baalbek July 2018

Beirut July 2018

This year, my summer holiday starts in Beirut, Lebanon, which used to be regarded “The Paris of the Middle East”.  Being one of the oldest cities in the world, I didn’t imagine it to be a metropolis complete with skyscrapers, new glass buildings, trendy restaurants etc.  The Central District area was completely rebuilt due to … Continue reading Beirut July 2018

Teshima May 2018

If you are in Naoshima, a side trip to the neighboring Teshima island is highly recommended.  We took a 20-minute ferry ride from Miyanoura Port of Naoshima to Ieura Port of Teshima.  At the heart of the island is the Teshima Art Museum that is designed by architect Ryue Nishizawa and artist Rei Naito to … Continue reading Teshima May 2018