OBrien - September 1936
The journey between Beyrouth and Damascus takes three hours by fast car and consists entirely of crossing the Lebanon Mountains. Remember the Cedars of Lebanon of the Bible.
Fortunately, it was a moonlit night so that we could see something. We climbed steadily to 6000 feet around hairpin bends and winding mountain roads. Below us Beyrouth lay ablaze with electric light and truly magnificent.
were grim and forbidding though somewhat softened by the moonlight.
At the top of the pass they towered up above us to a height
of 11,000 feet. I cannot describe my feelings on that trip
they were too weird I only wish it had been in daylight.
We reached Damascus at 9.30 and were deposited at the Orient
Palace Hotel a truly magnificent structure with lofty
rooms and beautiful bathrooms.