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Finally, after a long spell of cyclical clashes and seemingly never-ending violence, Tripoli is ready to receive visitors again.Lebanon's northern city has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, but everything that makes it such a glorious and rewarding city to visit is still there.But it's not just the wealth of guidebook-worthy sites that make Tripoli worth the hour-and-a-half journey from Beirut, it's also the famous sweets, the hidden bohemian cafes, and, of course, unassuming yet charming Mina, Tripoli's quieter, little sister city.NO. 5: RAFAAT HALLAB/ADEL-RAHMAN HALLAB AND SON SWEET SHOP Sure, every place in Lebanon has its own special sweet shop, but Tripoli's sweet shops are the original and make the perfect pick-me-up during a daytrip.For those who prefer to go on a guided tour with a local who knows the area inside out and can get you into all the hammams and mosques, Mira Minkara, a guide who hails from Tripoli, does a tour of the Old City that includes all these sites and a few more.The best way to see these sights and get a bit more out of the trip than just sunburn is to join one of Minkara's guided tours of the site, one of her most popular offerings.
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