Lebanon has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time now. My friends who have visited rave about it. Additionally, I have some friends who are from there and the love they have for their country is incredible.
I was supposed to go a few months ago for work and the trip was canceled at the last minute. I was disappointed but, as often happens, things work out for the best. I have a good friend who just took his final exit from Saudi back to Lebanon. I was informed the day before he took his exit that I could travel there the following weekend. So we were able to say “see you later” rather than goodbye. And, with him, I was able to see and do things that I would not have been able to do on my own. So it made the trip an incredible experience!
I only had a few days there but have already fallen in love with the country. I will be back there two or three times this summer and am already counting down the days. Can’t wait to explore even more of the country.
It reminded me, in many ways, of Italy, as reference for those of you who have been there. But, also has the aspects of the Middle East that I have come to really enjoy. It is similar to Italy in that it has gorgeous beaches on the Mediterranean Sea and mountains covered in green. EVERYTHING grows there (the fresh fruits and vegetables are amazing and flowers, oh my gosh the roses!!!, are everywhere.) Plus they grow grapes and produce wine.
The differences show up in the food (equally delicious, but different) and the culture. People are quite friendly and helpful and things move at a slower pace than in Europe. Plus there are more freedoms in Lebanon (you could read this as fewer laws, I enjoy less government interference so view it as a positive.)
The country has beautiful architecture in the cities, lots of artwork and the mountains offer some of the most stunning views that I have ever seen. Enough rambling, I think the photos will speak for themselves. Can’t wait to go back!
This is kunafa, one of the most amazing sweets you will ever eat. It is cheese, soaked in sugar syrup. If you ever have the opportunity to try it, say YES!
This is a church and a mosque. I like that there is a mix of religions in Lebanon. I think that it adds to the culture exponentially to have different people, cultures and viewpoints. The all muslim thing gets boring after a while.
The following photos are all of sculptures in the village of Aley. These are done by different artist and the village offers a lot of support to the artists to help make this happen. There are many, many more and each one is unique and beautiful in its own right. I took photos of some of my favorites.
These stunners are growing in my friend’s yard. His mother has many other lovely roses but this huge bush caught my eye immediately upon entering the yard.In addition to the roses, they have almonds, beans, peaches, artichokes, avocado, plums, and I know that I am missing others.