If I was friends with Charles Dickens, I would have advised him to write The Tale of Two Cities about those two. Beirut is referred by many as the Parisian capital of the Middle East. It’s culture, language, and much more earned it that title. This is a perk, of course, because Beirut doesn’t give up it’s Middle Eastern identity. On the contrary, the city is able to maintain a balanced mix between East and West in a smooth complimentary way that gives it its special edge.
When you explore those two, you will truly capture the meaning of blending cultures. The Parisian capital has a huge Arab population, which gives it its Arab influenced personality. For the other one, it’s no surprise with years of French colonization, that it had its fair share of the culture; the architecture, language, traditions, and others.
The Streets in Paris vs. Beirut
As for the outing and the culture, they both have a lot of similarities. Interestingly enough, walking through the streets of both cities, will give you the same feeling. The mix between the French and Arabic languages. The smell of coffee and freshly bakes foods. And the cafes and bars filling the streets with people just citing outside enjoying their time. Even the Shisha, won’t be missed in either one of them.