Byblos is largely believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, having been settled
more than seven thousand years ago. The name of the city means book, owing to its historical
trade in printed material, which also once earned it the moniker "papyrus". It has been variously live
in by the Eqyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and French, to name
but a few.
I took a tour to Byblos from Beirut for a day, which also took us to nearby Jounieh on the Lebanese
Riviera. The previous day in Beirut had been chucking it down with rain, so it was a relief to get
some sun up the coast, and refreshing to see the snow-topped peaks at the same time.