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    Posted May 16, 2012 by
    samkeh
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    Travel photo of the day

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    When Time Stands Still. Beit Chelala, Lebanon

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     samkeh's beautiful image was chosen as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for June 27, 2012!
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    Picture taken by Sandy Ibrahim.

     

    "I shot this picture from the balcony of my brother-in-law's parents  house in the village of "Beit Chelala" in Lebanon. It is a scene I enjoy contemplating every time I visit "Beit  Chelala": the beautiful scenery with the  priceless old Beetle that stands out from everything around it. This  car has a pretty interesting story behind it. Its owner, a villager  there, has been keeping it in the same exact spot for more than 30 years  now, hoping to sell it at the "right price", stating it will increase  in value over time. Every summer when my brother-in-law goes back home,  he sees the car in the same spot and inquires about it, and the villager  tells him that he's gotten some offers but not up to his expectations!

    Seasons change, years pass by, and the car is still there, leading the  villagers of "Beit Chelala" to the absolute conviction that this man is  secretly hoping not to sell the car and hold on to its increasing legend  as long as he can!

    I often glance at this picture when I am  back to corporate life in the US, and it instantly brings a smile to my  face, as it takes me back to the slower-paced, relaxing lifestyle our  parents and grandparents once lived in such villages away from today's  rush of life, and where "social networking" has still retained its  traditional meaning with neighbors interactive face-to-face, cherishing  the simple pleasures and quality type of life. "Beit Chelala," in  particular, is still a great representation of that era, as time, there, still stands still."

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