For reasons I shall share in due course, I hitched a ride with the husband who was off to see an icon in Lebanon. I had never been there before, but had always wanted to see Baalbek. One should of course check ahead. It was only by the time that all had been booked that I discovered that Baalbek was very definitely now off limits, But it turned out that there was plenty more good stuff.
We arrived, as you can see, in the middle of a 'rubbish breakdown' (which was being very speedily cleared up by the time we left). This made the walk to the Archaeological Museum on the first morning rather smelly. But blimey, it was worth it. The whole place has been splendidly redone since the war, refitted with some of the best cases I have every seen (I loved the movable magnifying glasses attached to many of them) and has some fantastic things, from Egyptian prehistory on.
Poignantly the last case you pass includes some remnants of antiquities that melted when a shell landed nearby during the war -- though there were also moving tributes to Emir Maurice Chehab who as Director of Antiquities (and with the help of a lot of concrete) seem to have ensured that most things survived more or less unscathed.