Here is one very overgrown balcony.
This house sits on one of the busiest streets in West Beirut. Which explains a lot of things--including how I can admire the architecture of the house without envying its residents. I'm sure the noise generated by passing traffic intrudes all too often. And it is likely far more enjoyable to look at these windows from the street than to contemplate the street from within.
If I were to live in such a house I too would raise up an wall of green as a small act of defiance within the surrounding sea of gray.