Au­tumn ex­plo­rations

Lebanon Traveler - - EDITORIAL -

As the heat and crowds of the sum­mer sea­son slowly dis­ap­pear, fall is one of the most plea­sur­able times to ex­plore the coun­try­side. This is­sue Le­banon Trav­eler takes you to some of the coun­try’s lesservis­ited re­gions full of hid­den beauty, from wa­ter-rich Akkar in the far north, to Le­banon’s ru­ral south suc­cess story, Jezzine, where a tourist re-devel­op­ment strat­egy has brought an in­flux of vis­i­tors to its end­less pine forests and ecoori­en­tated ac­tiv­i­ties.

Le­banon Trav­eler is pos­i­tively burst­ing with gen­uine ex­pe­ri­ences within Le­banon’s rich na­ture, from an au­tum­nal hike along the an­cient Barouk River Val­ley Trail where his­tory and na­ture come to­gether, to meet­ing the bee­keep­ers who keep a long-held tra­di­tion alive and col­lect the honey of the coun­try, na­ture’s de­fense against win­ter flu.

As al­ways, sus­tain­abil­ity con­tin­ues to be the key is­sue for a strong fu­ture in the tourism sec­tor. Elsa Sat­tout’s vi­sion of pas­toral tourism could be the an­swer to boost­ing ru­ral economies and prompt a re-con­nec­tion with the nat­u­ral world. We also look at the tra­di­tions still alive and well in Le­banon, from the tra­di­tional hand-painted cal­li­graphic yaf­tat, ban­ners that dan­gle be­tween elec­tri­cal wires in the streets of the city to fond mem­o­ries of leefeh – the fruit still grown on a small scale in the home gar­dens of Le­banon, that later fill the wash­rooms of the coun­try.

We also delve deep into the rich cul­tural fab­ric of Le­banon from the artis­tic her­itage of the fam­ily of Bas­bous sculp­tors and their deep con­nec­tion to the vil­lage of Rachana to the Audi Foun­da­tion’s com­mit­ment to pre­serv­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage and mem­o­ries of the south­ern city, Sidon and the in­ti­mate mu­seum of an Ain El Mreis­seh fish­er­man which gives a nos­tal­gic in­sight into Beirut’s past.

The sea­son of colors is al­most upon us, it's time to get into our great out­doors and ex­plore.

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