Sunday, June 27, 2010

I Met This Man

I met this man one week ago, in his 110 year old traditional house and terrace, where he invited me for lunch. (Well not just myself, but also my brother, newly wed to his granddaughter and the two families.) He still has that charming way of his in starring directly into your eyes and telling you stories. Not any fairy tale, but real life stories from back in the days and up till yesterday: he is a recording memory of all the story of his life and parallel events and an analyst of all of these combined; he's well experienced in other words. though this 93 year old man is now living alone in Zahlé with a house keeper and his daughters pay him a visit every day or two, he likes telling stories of his travels all around the globe from Russia to Brazil to any listening ear willing to pay attention.
His charm and acuity while telling a story is just surprising. When I told him that I just love this photo of his (it somehow reminds me of beautiful roman man and actors in fellini's Satyricon) and might want to use it somewhere, maybe on the net, he replied: take it, and take more of my photos, what does a man my age needs them for now? and I've got plenty: 93 years of photos, spread them around and talk about me, also maybe I would still interest some woman, who knows.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mariam (Virgin Mary) & Mar Geryes (Saint George) protect the Brazillian football team

Having a shrine (or a mazar) for the Saints in the Lebanese cities and villages is common, also ; most of the Lebanese cheer for the Brazillian team during the word cup, so... the bigger the flag the bigger the love?

Another observation about Lebanese love for football but in relation to politics is available on this youtube video I uploaded Football and Elections in Beirut Streets

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Beiruty Homes with External Stairs

Hamra - next to Bliss
As I was strolling Hamra street some nights ago, I came across these stairs, a recurrent undefined  architecture that got my attention back in 2005 (here, in Gemmayzé Street) and still interests and fascinates me. Except to being usually attached to the outer shell of a building, they remind me of Escher's Relativity Stairs going in all directions/ dimensions. While used in the city, this kind of stairs may also be found in villages since they help creating a sunny terrasse for every level.

Any more info or/and links are very welcome :)
Ashrafieh - Rmeil
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...