Travel writ­ing to show Beirut is not a stopover

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What is it about us­ing old travel guides to shine a light on places to­day? There must be some­thing in it as Michael Por­tillo’s pop­u­lar BBC TV show Great Bri­tish Rail­way Jour­neys il­lus­trated. It used a 19th-cen­tury guide­book to travel around the UK. Now, it’s the turn of the Sur­sock Mu­seum in Beirut. This ex­hi­bi­tion looks at travel writ­ing about Lebanon and Beirut from the 1850s and shows how coun­try guide­books from the likes of Baedeker made sure the city was no longer just a stopover. Visit Beirut! Post­cards and Travel Guides from The Fouad Deb­bas Col­lec­tion is on at the Sur­sock Mu­seum, Beirut, un­til June 12. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.sur­sock.mu­seum.

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