Why you probably don't want to go:
Recently, a series of explosions rocked the northern city of Tripoli. Less than a year ago, the
terrorist group Hizbollah flexed its muscles by taking to the streets with machine guns and by using
roadblocks to strangle flow to the international airport in Beirut. These internal rumblings are
enough, let alone the precarious peace Lebanon has with its neighbor to the south, Israel.
Why you should go:
Beirut was once known as the Paris of the Middle East and is quickly on its way to regaining that
status - the many cafes, top-notch restaurants, and a world-class, non-stop, party-til-you-drop
nightlife indicate that Beirut's star is, indeed, on the rise. Lebanon has seen plenty of history -
from the Phoenicians, to the Greeks, to the Romans, and beyond - and the past in on prominent
display in places like Byblos, Tyre, and Tripoli. Oh, and there's skiing, too.