For years, I'd heard that there was a British war cemetery here in Beirut. Finally, the other day I went to see it.
I'm still kind of blown away by the landscaping. Actual grass, nicely hedged, newly planted flowers, not a weed in sight. It was completely serene, unexpectedly beautiful.
It was easy to find. The cemetery is clearly marked on most printed maps. It's also on Wikimapia--here's a screen shot:
You can see it in yellow. The cemetery is divided into two halves by the road. The north side of the cemetery is devoted to WWI. Here's the northern section as it looks from the gate at the street:
Shortly after I entered the cemetery, a caretaker approached me and asked if I had any questions. I almost never do--even though I knew nothing much about the cemetery. I complemented the landscaping that was obviously to his credit, and asked if photography was allowed. It was. He asked my nationality, and when I told him that I'm American he pointed to the one and only headstone in the whole place that belongs to one of my countrymen. This one:
I took many more pictures. Tomorrow I'll share more of them from the other side--the WWII side.