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Wine tastings in Mar Moussa

February 13, 2011 | Food, Travel Tips | Read More
Wine tastings in Mar Moussa Wine making and monasteries have a long tradition, especially in Europe. It may come as a surprise that there are about eight Maronite monasteries in the Lebanon which follow this time honored tradition with a modern twist: producing not only fine wines but organic ones too. One...

The Baalbeck Museum

The Baalbeck Museum December 13, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
A visit to the mighty ruins of the Zeus Temple in Baalbeck is already an experience which will stay in your memory forever. Zeus temple Baalbeck But, whilst there, you should not miss visiting the Baalbeck museum too. It’s located within the complex, next to the exit to your left. Admission is...

A day trip to Saida(Sidon)

A day trip to Saida(Sidon) November 20, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
A day trip to Saida Located at approx. 50 km south of Beirut is the ancient town of Saida (Sidon). Together with Byblos and Trye, Sidon was the third largest and most important city state of the Phoenicians. Many civilizations have conquered and occupied the town, leaving their traces. Approaching Saida...

Answering the call of nature in Beirut

November 2, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Luckily, French and English are widely spoken in Beirut and therefore the words for toilet are in those languages too. But, if you want to ask in Arabic, you say: Fayn doori mayya… where is a public toilet? I can’t spell it in Arabic here, because my keyboard won’t let me. And, gratefully, the...

An eco experience in Taanayel

An eco experience in Taanayel October 30, 2010 | Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Located at about 75 miles south/east from Beirut, a reconstructed Lebanese village and adjacent eco farm offers  a holiday experience in Lebanon of a very special kind. Taanayel  is  a life styel as well as a destination for a daytrip or a place to stay for a few days. Run by arc en ciel a Lebanese...

A day trip to the City of the Sun

A day trip to the City of the Sun October 25, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
What I am referring to here are the monumental ruins of the Jupiter temple of Baalbeck. Located at approx. 53 miles northeast of Beirut and driving through the fertile Bekaa valley, the six remaining upright columns of the Jupiter temple in Baalbeck hove into view. Bekaa Valley One of the largest sanctuaries...

Jeita Grotto – a wonder of nature

Jeita Grotto – a wonder of nature October 17, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
One of the natural wonders of the world, the Jeita Grotto, lies only about 20 miles NE of Beirut and is a destination no visitor to the city should miss. 'Cathedral' in the upper gallery /picture by Pierre Zaritta There are several guided tours which offer trips  but you can also go by taxi....

Waters of Lebanon

Waters of Lebanon October 15, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Beyond a doubt, Lebanon which after many years of brutal civil war hopes for a better and more stable future, still has a lot of problems, but, luckily, water is not one of them. In fact, Lebanon is the only country on the African continent which does not have a desert. Instead she has many rivers which...

Beit Eddine – a national treasure

Beit Eddine – a national treasure October 3, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
The Lebanon is not a big country which makes it possible to undertake day trips from Beirut to many of the country’s national treasures of which the palace and museum of Beit Eddine is one of the most famous. In 1788 Emir Bashir Shibab II started to build a palace in the beautiful Chouf district approx....

A Sunday in Byblos (Jbeil)

A Sunday in Byblos (Jbeil) September 26, 2010 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
If you want to get out of Beirut on a Sunday but still be by the sea, enjoy remarkable historic sites, savor particularly good fish, stroll around an old souk and feel like Frank Sinatra or Marlon Brando – then get in the car and take the Tripoli Highway north to Byblos. It’s only about 38km from...
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