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The Investigation: The Grand Excursion

On this day, my cousin Georges, his son Karim and I went on a pretty long ride through several Lebanese landscapes including the Bekaa Valley, the town of Chtaura where Georges visited a client, and the village of Qernayel to drop in on one of his college friends in his magnificent villa surrounded by forests of Mediterranean pines. Somewhere in between we stopped for lunch at a typical Lebanese restaurant with magnificent mountain views.

#33 - First the clue, a banner announcing a local village festival on Saturday August 24. And although it does not give the year, a look at a 1991 calendar shows that August 24 does indeed fall on a Saturday, and in 1992, the 24th is a Monday. So we're in 1991.

#27 - Karim in the back seat on the way to Chtaura.

#28 - Karim while on a stopover in the town of Chtaura. 

#29 - Karim once again in the back of the car, most likely on the way to lunch. 

#26 - Karim's hands, and Georges smoking over a somewhat typical Lebanese Mezze, or what could be part thereof, with Ballilah, Hummus with fried lamb cubes, lamb tartare, farmer's cheese with fresh vegetables, and stuffed grape leaves. I did get food poisoning on the 1991 trip, and maybe even on the 1992 trip, but I am not certain whether it was at this restaurant or the one I went to with Tante Loulou and Ammo Robert, coming up on the next page. I must have taken this photograph with the Leica M6 and a 21 mm lens, due to the distortion on the edges, particularly of Georges' face.

#30 - Karim on the grounds of the home of one of Georges' old school friends.

#31 - In one of the yards of the sumptuous villa in Qernayel. 

 

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Roll #32 is the only roll left from this day that does not include Karim nor Georges, but it does however show this strange architectural feature (also on roll #31) which looks like a vertical swimming pool stuck into the stone wall in the driveway of the villa. I took the shot on the right a few moments before departing back to Beirut. The second half of the roll is from another day, a Sunday lunch ritual with Loulou and Robert.

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