The Baptism of baby Sofia


A number of months back, MB welcomed baby Sofia into the world via one of his blog posts, mom & dad (R&E) being friends on MB, hailing from the Khoura region of northern Lebanon, but working in recent years (and presently) in Qatar. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge – Waiting


Waiting.

The expression ‘waiting for a miracle’ is well known, and mostly the miracle never happens. But sometimes it does. Read More

The Wedding of David & Myriam (5)


The Wedding Ceremony.

As MB has already mentioned, the wedding ceremony of D&M took place in the Christian Maronite Church of St Jean Marc in Byblos, which is part of the modern day Lebanese town of Jbail. MB’s previous Lebanese wedding experience in December 2016 witnessed a Christian Orthodox ceremony in which the bride and groom do not utter a single word throughout. There was no “I do”. But, for the information of those who may not know, the Maronite Church is a branch of the Roman Catholic church, so the ceremony on Sunday last was similar in most respects to a Catholic Church wedding in Ireland – but no pictures of St Patrick were evident!

Anyway, the church interior and its floral decoration were stunning, as followers can see:

IMG_1246IMG_1247IMG_1252IMG_1257IMG_1264IMG_1270IMG_1272IMG_1274IMG_1275IMG_1277IMG_1282IMG_1288IMG_1290IMG_1291IMG_1309IMG_1310IMG_1312IMG_1313IMG_1318IMG_1326IMG_1327IMG_1329IMG_1333IMG_1336IMG_1339IMG_1349IMG_1357IMG_1404IMG_1412IMG_1423IMG_1425IMG_1427

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ambience


Ambiance.

Most of MB’s recent posts relate to his end December Lebanese wedding experience. And for this week’s photo theme of ‘ambience’, he, of course, needs look no further that the wedding party venue of said wedding. The venue was previously called Nahr El Kalb in Arabic (meaning ‘The Dog River’), but is now called the less mystical ‘The Legend Venue’. It sits in a spectacular small river valley setting, and has a very spectacular entrance lobby which leads visitors into the spectacular dining hall area when any Irish guy attending blurts out WOW! Ambience!!! Read More

A Lebanese Wedding – Inside the church


MB has already given followers two deadly previous posts on his Lebanese wedding experience: A Lebanese Wedding and A Lebanese Wedding – Outside the Church. He now gives followers post Nr 3 – Inside the Church. Read More

Of Camino De Santiago (and Onimac!)


Introduction by MB

The Camino De Santiago is a famous route of Christian pilgrimage that ends at the shrine of St James, in Santiago Cathedral in Galicia, NW Spain.

Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ephemeral


For MBs HX blog followers who are not native English speakers (& for a few who are) the word ‘Ephemeral’ means short-lived or temporary or brief. Capiche! Read More

My Sudani Visa


MB writes this account as he sits in a ground floor apartment just down the street from the Embassy of Saudi Arabia. In Khartoum, Sudan. Continent of Africa. Read More

Girl Power!


Morning all
MB had busy week. Brain bit tired and lethargic. MB has no clue what will come out of his brain this morning as he sips fresh Florida juice. But did you ‘DHL it’ from Florida MB? as Crosser TH threw at MB few weeks back. No. MB did not courier the liquid from the Sunshine State. So in fairness the word ‘fresh’ may be tad exaggerated. But it’s got lots of the pulpy bits and it’s tasty and MB is happy to be sipping. MB is too full from last night’s dinner to be bothered with breakfast, so the juice will suffice. Last night’s dinner was a rare treat. MB got invited to the house of Palestinian friend U No Hu, along with an Indian and Brit friends. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window


Bottom section of one of the stained glass windows at St John’s Church, Knockainey, South West Ireland. In honour of deceased wife, husband and son.

Image

Ireland Photo Of The Day Nr 13 – St John’s Church


At Knockainey, Limerick, South West Ireland. Dating from 1592.

Image

Ireland Photo Of The Day Nr 11 – Our crib has a chicken, a goat and a pig


Possibly not historically correct!

Image