Beirut has been reconstructed as perfectly as it could, and the new buildings are higher than the telecommunication towers, so the city is on the rise. Everywhere we ate served fresh and delicious food, though service was comparable. Stroll through the Corniche area for sea views and wander through Hamra for "local" gritty views. Eat, drink, shop, and smoke shisha in the area around Nejmeh Square. I highly suggest Lebneniyet restaurant for mint infused lemonade and apple shisha. For a bit of history, local politics, and religion, visit Mohammad Al-Amin mosque near the central area and Harissa, about 20km north of the city. In Harissa, a statue of the Virgin Mary overlooks the city and Mediterranean.