Not every block in Beirut has a meticulously maintained Ottoman-era home. The ones that do are lucky to have them. And when you find a block in Beirut that has more than one, like this one in Clemenceau, you can't help feeling that it's something special.
Today is the sixth anniversary of the assassination of Rafik Hariri. Back when it happened, in 2005, friends of ours lived on the top floor of the yellow house in the foreground. The shock-wave from the explosion that killed him blew out all of their windows.
A lot of windows were blown out that day, and obviously far worse things happened too. Our friends were understandably terrified but they weren't hurt, thankfully. If only everyone had been so lucky.