Spring fling

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It’s no won­der that many of Le­banon’s na­ture lovers, hik­ers and ru­ral wan­der­ers men­tion spr ing as their fa­vor ite sea­son. The weather is idyl­lic, flow­ers be­gin to blossom and forests come to life. It’s a time of new be­gin­nings that ex­tends be­yond the nat­u­ral world.

This is­sue we speak to the in­no­va­tors and ac­tivists be­hind re­cy­cling ini­tia­tives that are call­ing for change and search­ing for a so­lu­tion to Le­banon’s garbage cr isis. They are fight­ing for a more sus­tain­able fu­ture through col­lect­ing, re­cy­cling and com­post­ing our waste. We tour the Le­banon Moun­tain Trail – the his­tor ic hik­ing trail that cov­ers the length of the countr y from nor th to south. We take a tr ip nor th to Jbeil and br ing you a roundup of what to do in the city, crowned the Arab Tour ism Cap­i­tal for 2016, and con­tinue to Bchar­reh, to visit the mu­seum of Khalil Gi­bran, the third most pub­lished poet of all time. And we go on a tour of the countr y by night, meet­ing Le­banon’s af ter-hours com­mu­nity of as­tronomists and as­tropho­tog­ra­phers.

Cul­ture wise, we meet young cal­lig­ra­pher Ghaleb Haw­ila, who is breath­ing life into an an­cient art form and tak­ing it to the streets, we visit the stu­dio of Le­banese mo­saicist Dana Adada and head south to meet a fam­ily of craf ts­men con­tin­u­ing a long tra­di­tion of fire­bird cut­lery in Jezzine. We also sit down with prom­i­nent fig­ures such as An­dree Maalouf, who has just re­leased a se­cond cook­book of Le­banese cui­sine, and Michel Elef teri­ades, the char­ac­ter­ful owner of Mu­sic Hall to get his tips for dis­cov­er­ing the coun­try.

As usual, we’ve crammed our guide sec­tion full of tips to ex­plore the countr y from top to bot­tom, from guest­house rec­om­men­da­tions to a bou­tique wine trail of Ba­troun. Now it’s up to you to lose your­self in Le­banon – send us your pho­tos!

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Photo: Nada Karam

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