VISIT LE­BANON DIF­FER­ENTLY

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In the North Bekaa there is an­other stunning ex­am­ple of one of the best pre­served and largest Ro­man trea­sures in the world, Baal­beck’s Ro­man tem­ples. They are counted amongst the won­ders of the an­cient world. Tow­er­ing above the Bekaa plains, the mon­u­men­tal pro­por­tions of the tem­ples of Venus, Jupiter, and Bac­chus es­tab­lished the wealth and power of Im­pe­rial Rome. Vis­it­ing Baal­beck, the enor­mity and en­gi­neer­ing of their ar­chi­tec­tural ac­com­plish­ment is over­whelm­ing.

Amongst the many his­tor­i­cal sites across Le­banon, must vis­its in­clude Beited­dine Palace, Jeitta Grotto and Ksara win­ery, to taste some of Le­banon’s finest wines and see its unique nat­u­ral cave cel­lar. Steeped in an ar­ray of ru­ins from an an­cient past, Beirut’s his­tory beau­ti­fully blends with moder­nity. The coun­try’s cap­i­tal city of­fers mod­er­ate to luxury ho­tels and a di­verse fine dining scene to suit ev­ery pal­let. The re­cently re­stored

Down­town dis­trict makes for a very beau­ti­ful stroll dot­ted with great shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties from fa­mous cloth­ing brands, jew­elry, watches and lo­cally made items.

At night, the Cor­niche, the sea­side prom­e­nade, shim­mers in the light of the city, as peo­ple, young and old, en­joy the fresh sea air. It’s a treat to the eyes, and a re­flec­tion of the beau­ti­ful folk who make the city proud.

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The (dhi­afeep­ro­gram.org) of­fers the lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence with an ex­ten­sive di­rec­tory of guest­houses spread across the coun­try and

(hotelibanais.com) also fo­cuses on the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence with their ac­com­mo­da­tion net­work of B&BS, guest­houses and fam­ily stays. For pack­age tours

web­site (livelovele­banon. com) is a must visit, of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of ex­pe­ri­ences for ev­ery­thing from adventure and na­ture to wine and cul­ture. For the lat­est des­ti­na­tion tips, getaways and hid­den gems log on to lebanon­trav­eler.com

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Lit­tle did I re­al­ize that Le­banon was a trea­sure trove of 7,000 years of

his­tory .

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