I visited my aunt's family, the Hajjars on my trip to Beirut earlier this year. They brought me to their charming apartment in Hamra, Beirut. I was fascinated with all the old photographs and paintings on their wall. Every one of the pieces on the wall had a significance and it was a joy listening to some of the stories. Of course, they have lived through years of war in Lebanon but they remain staunch Beirutis.