I was struck by this line from the last article:
The photo below is of the sea off Byblos, as it appeared six weeks ago.
The foreground of that picture includes a bit of the excavation of one of the oldest human villages in the world; it is believed that people have lived at Byblos (Jbail) for 7000 years.
Some obelisks on the site.
A Crusader castle looms over the town.
At evening, local folks caught the breezes on the jetty.
From the beach, I snapped this surreal image of the sun sinking over the Mediterranean. No, that is not the planet Jupiter. The colors are not doctored.
It is hard to believe now how peaceful that day was.
UPDATE: A blogger from Beirut took a drive up the coast and wrote this description:
She doesn't mean, I think, that the place has been bombed, but that the life of the sea is the life of the town and that is completely fouled. Just collateral damage. Read the whole account.