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Jisr el Qadi, a vil­lage on the Damour r iver be­tween Beited­dine and Souk el-gharb, is def­i­nitely worth a visit. Here, lo­cal craf ts­men have made pot­ter y for hun­dreds of years. Walk along the Damour r iver to dis­cover beau­ti­ful canyons, be­fore dr iv­ing to the con­vent of the Saint Coeurs Con­gre­ga­tion of Sis­ters (SSCC) Ainab in the midst of pine trees. The next day take the road to Aley and stop for lunch be­fore con­tin­u­ing to Bsous to visit the silk mu­seum (05 940767, the­silkme­suem.com). SLEEP Stay overnight in the con­vent of the Saint Coeur

Ainab (05410746) .

EAT En­joy a pic­nic by the r iver in Jisr el Qadi. In the evening don’t miss a de­li­cious meal cooked by the nuns of the con­vent of Ainab or stop at an Aley restau­rant.

SEE Visit the pot­ter y work­shops in Jisr el Qadi and the his­tor ic br idge from which the vil­lage takes its name, built dur ing the Mam­luk per iod over the Damour River by Emir Zayn ad-dine at-tan­noukhi. In Aley see the open-air in­ter­na­tional ar t ex­hi­bi­tion and visit the small zoo at An­i­mal En­counter to dis­cover dif fer­ent na­tive an­i­mals and plants ( 05 558724, anuima­len­counter.org).

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