Miss Lebanon 2015’s favorite spots
23-year-old Valerie Abou Chacra, a student in Communication Ar ts at the Lebanese American University, was crowned winner of the ultimate beauty pageant, Miss Lebanon 2015. But where does she see beauty around the countr y? LT put her on the hot seat to f
IF SOMEONE WERE VISITING LEBANON FOR 24 HOURS WHERE WOULD YOU TAKE THEM?
We would star t the day in North Lebanon, visiting the beaches of Chekka and afterwards visit the histor ical city of Jbeil. Then we would head all the way up to the Shouf to visit Beiteddine Palace and have lunch in one of the nearby popular Lebanese restaurants. Afterwards, we would go to Sidon to have a stroll in the small streets of the city. At the end the day, we would go back to Beirut to have dinner in Downtown and of course par ty till dawn.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR HIDDEN GEM IN LEBANON; ONE DESTINATION AWAITING DISCOVERY.
NAME ONE VILLAGE OR REGION THAT FEELS LIKE HOME AND WHY.
The village Edde, near Byblos – I spent my childhood there.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVIT Y IN LEBANON AND WHERE DO YOU DO IT?
Cycling in Afqa.
NAME ONE OF YOUR URBAN SECRETS.
Escape the Room (78 999052, escapetheroom.me, Gouraud Street), a real live escape game in Gemmayzeh where you have 60 minutes to solve a ser ies of puzzles to escape the room.
IF YOU WERE LOOKING FOR A NEW OUTFIT WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP?
In Downtown Beirut.
WHERE IS THE OLIVE OIL IN YOUR KITCHEN FROM?
South [Lebanon], Kfarhatta.
NAME THREE RESTAURANTS YOU GO TO FOR A HEART Y WINTER MEAL.
Le Relais de l’entrecote (01 332088, Abdel Wahab el Inglizi Street, Achrafieh), Le Montagnou (09 341441, montagnou.com, Kfardebian) and Classic Burger (01 333606, cbj.me, Sodeco, other branches available), which never fails to have my hear t.
IF YOU WERE GOING AWAY FOR A WEEKEND TO THE MOUNTAINS WHAT WOULD BE IN YOUR BAG?
Sunglasses, camera, ipod, earphones, running shoes and a bottle of wine.
YOU WERE PICKED AS LEBANON’S BEAUT Y FOR 2015, BUT WHERE DO YOU SEE BEAUT Y IN THE COUNTRY?
In the people of Lebanon; they are known for their great minds and welcoming spir it.