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

Lebanon Traveler - - CONTENT - Miss Le­banon

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.

Chouwen River.

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.

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