Anthony Bourdain Evacuated from Beirut

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  07.20.06 | 5:11 PM ET

imageWhew. Reuters caught up with the host of the Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on a U.S. Navy ship, where he was reclining on an army cot among hundreds of other evacuees. As we noted earlier this week, the globe-trotting chef was in Beirut with a crew to shoot an episode of his show when the violence began. Bourdain left a very different city than the one he found when he arrived just days ago. “It was paradise, sort of the western dream of the way we’d all like the Middle East to be—enlightened, progressive, multi-cultural, and multi-religious,” he told Reuters. No longer. “I was in love for two days,” he said, “and had my heart broken on the third.” He added: “I feel this awful sense of regret that we were never able to show Beirut as it was. To see everyone’s hopes die and watch the country dismantled piece by piece was very painful. I’m very angry and very frustrated.”

1 Comment for Anthony Bourdain Evacuated from Beirut

Tara 01.27.07 | 3:03 PM ET

My family spent lots of pool time with the crew.  My daughter had no time to ask so many questions, thanks to the entertaining antics of the frisbee toss game in the pool at the Le Royal. Contact me if I can get a copy of the show that aired in August.  If you have any pictures or videos, I would like to purchase them as well.  My daughter was in a portion of the show and I would like to see it again.  Thank you…for putting your opinion and experience out there for all to hear and hopefully understand…

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