Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pleasant days of Middle East travel

Yes, there was once a time was vacationing in the Middle East was safe and realistic and perhaps even encouraged. That hasn't been true for a long time, of course. This postcard is from the same batch that included the postcard from this March post about the Jeita Grotto in Lebanon.

This postcard was mailed to a Martha in the Bronx. There's no date, but I think the year on the postmark is 1970, though I'm not 100% certain.

The jovial note states:
Dear Aunt Martha,
Having a fine time here in Beirut. Doing a lot of siteseeing & visiting many of their friends. Everyone is so nice & we're invited out all the time. We went to the beach, & visited a Casino, went through a cave in the mountains. Helda's husbands parents have a summer house in the mts. overlooking Beirut so we go up often, it's so beautiful. We went shopping downtown, they have a lot of American stuff. Bye for now. Love, Patsy.
While there have been some short periods of relative peace and stability, Beirut hasn't really been a safe destination for tourists since the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975, more than four decades ago.

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