Ain Sindyani


----- Original Message -----
From: "Oula Aoun"
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 4:17 AM
Subject: Mar Takla Photos

Hi, These r pictures before and during the Mar Takla Project.  Regards,  Oula


Subhiyeh at Shafik & Norma Rahbani

After the Sunrise walk and Photos featured on the "August 2001" web page, we walked to Ain Sindyani and took pictures along the way...          

a typical home along the way 
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>  The Lebanese Ladder to Success >
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Inside the church in Ain Sindyani


A new perspective...
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View of Shweir from Ain Sindyani
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Marhaba Ya Aam...
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Min Wayn al Shabab...? 
Ana ba3ref ahlakoum... 
P8060146.jpg (46202 bytes) Tfaddallow... Teen Baladi?  Yes!
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Finjan Ahweh? YES! YES!
Minutes later... we had a great Subhiyeh at the Rahbany Family Home 
with neighbors incl. my cousin & our school mate Najla Samaha Jerdak (in black) P8060147.jpg (47047 bytes)

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< &  ^ Sometimes taking pictures in different cameras can give a whole different perspective like to the left and above

<   L to R: George Matar, Anwar Kenicer & Dawoud Jerdak 

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Infront the home of my cousin Habboba
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Grapes on the roof of the third story villa on left


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*  (George Matar's Note)   We were invited to the house of Shafiq Salim Rahbani's and his wife Norma ( Habib Sawaya) Rahbani for coffee or Subhiyeh (morning ritual).  
Then Najla Samaha Jirdak came over with Philip Jirdak and his wife Samira.  
As we were sitting a Gentleman walked in and sat down, looked at me and said:  "Aren't you the Mukhtar?".  I smiled and said yes, but you got me at a disadvantage.  He said he is Edmond Matar Rahbani  His daughter is the little beauty sleeping on the chair with a blue jacket in the last pictures of Miss Teen Age pageant.  I think her name is Christine.  

continuing with the next chip of digital photos... 

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< Dawoud, Edmon, Intisar and her daughter Ragheda and Geoge Matar
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<<  This fine villa is for the family of Benyameen Iskandar Matar Al Rahbany
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 Inside that villa
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What used to be the basement that was used for storage is being uncovered to unveil  the beauty of the foundation and the now highly prized  art of the arches that support the upper levels...  2001 32.JPG (17598 bytes) 2001 33.JPG (15712 bytes) 2001 31.JPG (27474 bytes)
2001 20.JPG (38447 bytes) The proud parents Sahfik & Norma Rahbani  They showed us the workmanship of their sons at their home and inside an adjacent villa that is almost complete 2001 22.JPG (36531 bytes) < Norma with pictures of her family in front of the carved stone mantel  2001 30.JPG (26812 bytes) 
Note the  bookshelves from carved stone and embedded in the wall
2001 27.JPG (8798 bytes) The Rahbani brothers are truly masters in perfection when it comes to custom masonry... 

< here check out the special granite electrical plate cover, the inlaid marble floors and granite trim...  

2001 23.JPG (14040 bytes) You know, these pictures do not do their fine work justice... 

Look closely after you enlarge the balcony photo on R.  The edges of each marble is a continous "S" and they fit so perfectly together!

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Plenty more photos to come... George... I need your scanned photos from prints 

From Ain Sindyani, we stopped at Alsad and took some pictures... 

Click here to see Alsad   or   Click here to go to August 2001 web page