I took my parents on another road trip. The idea was to go straight to the Balaa Sinkhole, but this GPS of mine is not always functioning properly. It gets the general direction all right, but will send you to the right when all there is, is a steep cliff, or to the left when there is a path that a donkey might be able to take, but not my car. It sees roads where there are riverbeds, or fails to see major roads that obviously have been there for a number of years.
The scenery was stunning though, and very little traffic on the road.
Near Balaa there’s a rock wall with a number of troglodyte houses inside. It is not quite clear how old, or original they are. The last occupants were Lebanese army soldiers, but unless they were extremely bored and hewn these spaces themselves, they probably moved into these existing dwellings.
Troglodyte dwellings near Balaa
I then dragged my dad into the Balaa Sinkhole (or actually the gulf, as it is called, which is the wide open space in front of the hole) and out again. The river still ran over the edge; in summer it will eventually just trickle down. A lot more people were then since last time I visited it. Maybe I shouldn’t put down coordinates anymore. :)
It was busy at the Balaa Sinkhole