On 16/03/2017 it was a night filled with anticipation and expectation. In Lebanon you can only expect perfection when it comes to Caracalla, this brilliant mind of Abdel-Halim Caracalla and his magnificent crew and selection of cast and dancers brought to life a masterpiece proud to say made in Lebanon. What really struck as brilliant and quite unique for a theatrical show the extent usage of cinematic imagery and quite effective and to the benefit of the show. The experience as if you are watching a movie for Akira Kurosawa where dreams become reality. As for bad experiences at the location of the show " Forum De Beirut" in Lebanon, there will always be issues like parking a couple of miles away or the really annoying seating and some people can't see the tall ones in front. Well, this might be true but when you experience the majestic of Caracalla you forget about such petty problems. In brief I will provide my opinion on this epic theatrical story.
An exciting discussion with Ms. Phyllis Kotite, an astonishing person of marjeyoune origins with plenty of stories and experiences during her time in the UN since the 50's.
As part of our Marjeyoun Connect activities two of our members Ms. Paty Hachem and Mr. Fayad Jabara were entrusted in organizing a trip to the famous city of Tyre, called Sour for many years by the locals, and boy these two didn't disappoint one bit.
From the start, the trip from Jdeida was smooth with the guidance of Paty we took a totally different route than the one usually buses take. As we drove to our first stop and of course along the road Mr. Hanna Bayoud and our two youngest companions Joe and Chris with Ralph help were great hosts indeed.
On our first stop we were welcomed by one of the most friendly and knowledgeable guides Mr. Jihad Mortada, he introduced us to the vast and exciting history of Tyre from being known famously for resisting the invasion of Alexander The Great, still falling short, to the history of the ruins including the hippodrome.
After this cultural overview of the city and after passing by the churches we went straight to the Fanar Restaurant for lunch which was arranged by our two event planners Pat and Fayad. As in any trip or event, mishaps happen but still they were silly and minor which could not take from the spirit of the gathering and that connection between us as a marjeyounee community. Great work to all who played an integral part in the success of such an amazing trip.