Whew! This is the last illustration I need to make of the inside of the cave and I am so relieved
It's a classic postcard view, but it was too classic to be omitted, and it will make a hell of a cover
Here I just explain that the lower cave (or at least 250 m of it) is visited in barges but only during the dry season, when the river is low enough to allow it. Jeita's a rolemodel for environment-friendly underground tourism even the engines on the barges are electric to keep the water pure.
The verse is by Lebanese poet George Shehade, written after he visited the grotto.