Beirut is within reach – there are now three direct flights from Nice Cote d’Azur. It’s good – the two cities have a lot in common – from language to geography. But there are also huge differences. Mention Nice and most people imagine a calm city on the Med – Beirut, also on the Mediterranean, is a little more complicated. The Lebanese capital brings forth views so diverse that it becomes difficult to gauge reality. This may be normal for a city with a 3000 year history, but if you’re deciding whether or not to visit, it’s a little confusing. Beirut has an image problem borne out of too many images.