As the nights dra in …
For tunately, Lebanon’s mild climate means that the advent of winter doesn’t mark the star t of hibernation. The seasonal chill is usually character ized by blue skies and fresh air, punctuated with a warming winter sun. As usual we br ing you a whole host of activities to exper ience the winter season at its best – from snowshoeing and skiing when the snow finally falls, to staying at the coziest hotels and B&BS for a weekend away.
This issue we take you on a tour of the countr y, heading nor th to the histor ical town of Hadath el Jebbeh – an exceptional winter destination with its 1,000-year-old cedar forest and important religious sites. We also visit Sidon’s Debbane Palace, which preser ves Lebanon’s tradition of Ottoman architecture, and Beit Mery’s Lebanese Heritage Museum which houses an impressive collection spanning Lebanon’s histor y.
We meet some of the leading figures who enr ich the countr y’s cultural fabr ic, such as Myrna Boustani, who established a winter tradition of classical music more than 20 years ago with the Al Bustan Festival. And we visit ar tist Jamil Molaeb, whose hometown Baissour has become the site of his museum.
Diving head first into Beirut life we stop by the modern handicraft boutique, Or ient 499 and visit renowned Lebanese fashion designer Krikor Jabotian’s Achrahfieh atelier. We also take a tea tour around Beirut’s finest cafes and go shopping for designer pieces at the city’s museum shops.
Our magazine is packed full of tips on where to eat, sleep, and visit in Beirut and around the countr y, so let Lebanon Traveler be your guide. And take us on the r ide too – share your exper iences on Lebanontraveler and Lebanontraveler.