In the distance is the Anti-Lebanon range, if you cross over you are in the Syrian town of Maaloula home to a woman’s monastry that is built into the mountainside. It has to be one of the most extra-ordinary sights in the world. I can only hope it is not completely trashed, those women have done nothing wrong.
The monuments at Anjar are from the Umayyad era but were closed that day; after I had made a great effort to get there. I was the butt of the jokes from the shared taxi drivers because I was so persistent.
The population is mixed culturally but is mainly Armenian.
If you continue along the main road from Zahle you reach the Syrian border crossing. It was a huge commuting route as it takes you straight into Damascus, but not now.
I was there in February this year and a couple of months after my return read that a road-side bomb had exploded near the junction at the Syrian and Anjar roads. Though it is not populated there is a substantial amount of traffic driving there.