|Beirut Overhead, 1972|
This photo was taken in 1972 from yet another Pan Am plane window and clearly shows the famous corniche that fronts the city. Beirut was referred to as the Paris of the middle east in the 1950s and 60s because it was so cosmopolitan. On this journey we only stopped for fuel but in 1968, the family spent two days here on the way to our first overseas home in Bangkok. If my navigation is correct one of those hotels in the center of the image was the famous Phoenicia Intercontinental which is where we stayed in 1968. I am fairly certain it and some of the buildings in the image were destroyed during the civil war. I would like to visit Beirut again some day. A few more on Flickr.