Monday, January 7, 2013

Have you visited Aley Lately?

Aley used to be The Summer Destination of the lebanese, and the people coming for a breeze of fresh air, from the Gulf, before the Lebanese civil war.
After the war, the city regained some of its past glories but, sadly, the last two years have been pretty slow for its residents who depend on tourists. It is as if it is no more fashionable to go to Aley anymore, tourists prefer staying in Beirut, where the malls are plenty, or going to Broumana and Faraya, judged as trendier places nowadays. I pass by Aley often as I cross it to get to my home village, Rejmeh. It is only 35 minutes away from Beirut and other then the loud cafés and restaurants playing arabic music, the scenery and village are pretty nice.
Hotel Aley El Kabir
Hotel Aley Al Kabir - another angle.

Street views of Aley
Street views of Aley

Street views of Aley

interesting & beautiful abandoned house

An old house in the center of Aley main street
Newer (any idea of architect? time built?) interesting facades 

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