Picture via Al Jomhouria
I am loving these campaigns by LiveLoveLebanon and the Ministry of Tourism. This winter will be one of the best in years. Come visit Lebanon and enjoy it!
Legends never die – Photo by Dima Karim
Beirut: City of Lights – Photo by Rodrigue Zahr
Beirut from above – Photo by Maya Kfouri
Majestic Cedars- Photo by Milibano
Snow Snow everywhere – Photo by Moon Dagher
Picture via Al Jomhouria
If someone has any pictures from the Cedars, please email them to me. This is a great start to the winter season!
Via Ehden FB page
Colorful Beirut by Matteo el Khodr
It will snow this Christmas – Picture by Haig Melikian
Raouche sea-level by Sacha
On the road to Ammiq Antonio
Clear night before the storm – Picture by Kali
Apocalypse Now – By Abraham Helal
Clouds were gorgeous this week and we got some breathtaking lightening pictures. A perfect weather for fresh Manakish and a hot cup of tea.
Sunset – By Chantale Estephan
Clouds – Picture by Elyssar Najem
Electrifying – By Sarar Hilal
Manakish – By DJ Base
Bkessine – Picture by Zaher
Raouché Street Performer – Picture via Rodrigue
Jounieh Bay – Picture by Kali
Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Picture by P015
October, or 50 shades of Blue – Picture via Roula
Beirut is the only Arab city that made it to the CNTraveler Top 25 cities of the world list of 2014. Florence came first, followed by Charleston in South Carolina and Budapest in third position.
Here’s the [full list].
PS: It would be nice if they stop using the same picture of Harissa when talking about Beirut.
Though the Middle East’s current political climate is volatile (and, admittedly, has been for much of the last three millennia), Beirut remains a popular port of call for seasoned and in-the-know travelers. As editor David Jefferys says, “it’s simply a city that won’t die.” This immortality is buttressed by a thriving dining and shopping scene—try Tawlet, the ‘farmers’ kitchen’ of Souk el Tayeb (every day, a different regional Lebanese chef is showcased) and Artisan du Liban et d’Orient for traditional local garments and crafts. Adding to Beirut’s appeal as a top world city is the presence of numerous fabulous hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Beirut, Le Gray, and Hotel Albergo come to mind.
I am finding this hard to believe but according to the president of Jbeil-Byblos municipality Ziad Hawat, the old famous Lebanese house in Byblos, as well as the sea castle and other ruins in one of the oldest cities in the world are in danger. Jbeil’s touristic sites have been neglected by the authorities and need proper maintenance and renovation.
I always thought the Jbeil municipality was a wealthy one and I loved what they’ve done to the city and the old souks. I am not sure what the real problem is here but they should figure out a way to finance renovating and preserving all these ruins without relying on the authorities.
Ruins related to several civilizations are found in Byblos, which is one of the oldest Phoenician cities and one of the world’s 20 oldest cities. The old house that we see in all pictures of Jbeil is the only one that was kept in place after the expulsion by the French explorers of the owners of those hours in the late 20th century.
Picture by Charles el Hajj