Travel writing to show Beirut is not a stopover
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.