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The Daily Beast Removed The Article On Lebanon Being The Worst Country To Go On Vacation

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The Daily Beast had posted a list of the ten best and worst places to go on vacation last week, and named Lebanon the #1 worst place to go on vacation for Westerners right now. I have no idea how they came up with that list, but all of it didn’t make sense and for some reason the article was removed from their site now.

Byblos To Join The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network

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By joining this network, The city of Byblos will receive the below:

1- Membership in a new network. 100 Resilient Cities is creating the 100 Resilient Cities Network, which will provide support to member cities, share new knowledge and resilience best practices and foster new connections and partnerships.
2- Support to hire or fund a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). The creation of this innovative new role will help ensure resilience building and coordination is the specific responsibility of one person in a city government. The CROs will also oversee the development of a resilience plan for the city and be part of a learning network of other CROs as representatives to the 100 Resilient Cities Network.
3- Support to create a resilience plan that reflects each city’s distinct needs.
4- An innovative platform to provide tools and resources for implementation of the plan focused on four areas: innovative finance, innovative technology, infrastructure and land use, and community and social resilience from partners such as Swiss Re, Palantir, the American Institute of Architects, Architecture for Humanity, and the World Bank.

If you want to read more about The Rockefeller Foundation, click [Here].

The Rockefeller Foundation today announces the first 33 cities selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities network. The cities were selected from nearly 400 applicants across six continents. In applying for the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge cities were required to submit their visions, needs and plans to build resilience in a way that connects government, the private sector and civil society, and specifically addresses the needs of their poor and vulnerable citizens. The announcement of the selected cities will be made during The Rockefeller Foundation’s third annual Innovation Forum titled, “Building Resilient Cities.”

The other cities selected:
Alameda, California, USA
Medellin, Colombia
Berkeley, California, USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Ramallah, Palestine
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Porto-Alegre, Brazil
Dakar, Senegal
El Paso, Texas, USA
Quito, Ecuador
Durban, South Africa
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bangkok, Thailand
Los Angeles, California, USA
Bristol, UK
Da Nang, Vietnam
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Glasgow, UK
Mandalay, Myanmar
New York City, New York, USA
Rome, Italy
Semarang, Indonesia
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Surat, India
Oakland, California, USA
Veije, Denmark
Christchurch, New Zealand
San Francisco, California, USA
Ashkelon, Israel
Melbourne, Australia

How to Eat a Falafel in Lebanon

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David Lebovitz tells u how [Here].

1- Pull up at roadside stand.
2- Be happy you’re with people who speak Arabic.
3- When the guy asked if you want hot sauce, say “Yes” – with great enthusiasm.
4- Add some extra-spicy pickled chili peppers – and sit at a table, trying not to make a mess of yourself while you wolf down the whole thing unbelievably fast.

There are other blog posts related to Lebanese food that you can check as well:
Another Lebanese Breakfast..and Two Lunches
Saj, Flatbreads and Lebanese Pastries
Lebanese Breakfast
Lebanese Meze
Lebanon
Al Bohsali: Middle Eastern Pastries

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BANFF Mountain Film Festival In Beirut

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the most prestigious mountain film festivals in the world and is a founding member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film. The festival will showcase the best film productions in climbing, snowboarding, cycling, skiing, kayaking and mountaineering at Metropolis Empire Sofil on November 18 and 19 at 7:30pm.

You can check out more details [Here].

For the third year, l’Association du PolyLiban will be organizing the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Beirut. The BANFF festival will showcase the best film productions in climbing, snowboarding, cycling, skiing, kayaking and mountaineering selected from last year’s festival.

If you want to discover new mountain activities , don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch more than 15 movies for a duration of four hours over two consecutive nights!

Join us to witness the finest outdoor adventure films on big screen.

Come celebrate the great diversity of the mountains with the ever growing community of Lebanese outdoor enthusiasts and professionals.

Furthermore, you can get the chance to participate in the “PolyLiban Photo Exhibition” which aims to promote the Lebanese natural heritage through outdoor sports while raising awareness about the importance of preserving the natural environment. [BanffLebanon.com]

Thanks Karim!

Zahlé First Arab City to be designated as a UNESCO Creative City

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Zahlé joined the network in the gastronomy category.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Zahlé (Lebanon), Kraków (Poland) and Fabriano (Italy) as new members of its network of “creative hubs” promoting socio-economic and cultural development worldwide through creative industries.

Brazzaville, designated “City of Music”, is the first African member of the Creative Cities Network, which was launched by UNESCO in 2004 to develop international cooperation among cities that have recognized creativity as a driver for sustainable development.

Zahlé, Kraków and Fabriano join the Network in the categories of Gastronomy, Literature, Crafts and Folks Arts, respectively. [UN]

UAE Could Become First Arab Country Whose Citizens Are Exempt From Schengen Visa

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Correction: It is not clear whether the vote was to consider UAE’s admission to the list of countries exempted from Schenghen or allowing them once and for all to travel to EU without a Schenghen. That’s why I corrected and added “Could Be” until I clarify this matter. From what I understood from this [article], there are still technicalities that need to be sorted out before UAE citizens can travel without using a Schenghen.

Every time I think of traveling to Europe, the thought of getting all the papers and setting an interview for the Schengen depresses me. I want to think Lebanon will join UAE one day but that’s not gonna happen in this lifetime, even though our passport is one of the best in the world according to the General Security (Ma hek?).

Congrats to the UAE and UAE Citizens!

The Civil Liberties Committee at the European Parliament (EP) has unanimously endorsed a proposal to add the UAE to the list of countries whose nationals are exempt from the Schengen visa requirements.

UAE Ambassador to the European Union Sulaiman Al Mazrouei described the EP’s move as an achievement for the UAE diplomacy and a reflection of the country’s strong ties with the EU.

“If implemented, the Schengen visa waiver would ease travel of the UAE citizens to the Schengen states. The UAE would be the first Arab country whose citizens are exempt from Schengen visa,” said Al Mazrouei. “Today’s vote is a huge step towards finalising legislative requirements and moving to negotiations and subsequent waiver implementation,” he added. [Source]

CNN Travel: Beirut Among the World’s Top Cities

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Condé Nast Traveler announced the winners of its 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards two days ago and Beirut made it as one of the World’s best cities. It’s quite surprising to be honest to see Beirut on that list, specially after the past two years we had and the ongoing Syrian war. Let’s hope things will get better in Lebanon this year so we could improve on that ranking.

You can check out the full list [Here].

World’s best cities

The “Top 25 Cities in the World” list had refreshingly surprising additions and rankings — Paris came in at a lowly 22 while Bruges and Cape Town tied for 11th place.

Budapest and Florence tied for second, while the very top spot was seized by the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, which took the crown from last year’s favorite of Charleston, South Carolina (which was tied for fifth this year).

Italy snapped up five of the top 25 cities, while Spain managed to take three.

Despite its slide in the global rankings, Charleston was still voted the top city in the United States for the third year in a row, for its “sand, sun, history, good food and friendly people.”

via Gino

Lebanese Passport Among The World’s Worst Passports For Travel

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According to the 2013 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, Lebanon is among the worst countries in the world when it comes to freedom of travel and visa restrictions. So not only no one wants to come to Lebanon these days, but it’s a hassle for Lebanese to go anywhere lol!

You can read more about these results [Here]

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Niederegger Marzipan Torte

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I was looking in one my bags today and found a Marzipan Torte that I brought back with me from Julius Meinl shop in Vienna. I love Marzipan and the stuff I found in that shop are so much better than the Marzipan (Marssaben) done here in Lebanon.

The one in the picture has Kirsch in it and is so freaking delicious it made me regret not getting a bitter portion back! I am very tempted to order it online but the shipping cost will be probably higher than the Torte’s price. Meinl sells it online as well as Niederegger.

I am going to check first at Stop & Shop, O&C and TSC Signature to see if they sell them.

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