PICNIC SPOTS AROUND THE COUNTRY
As summer gets into full swing, it’s time to take your meals outdoors and enjoy a leisurely picnic during the long summer days. Explore the country and head into nature to find your perfect picnic spot. For a luxury outdoor eating experience, be well prepared with Ezetil’s four-person picnic set (LL119,900 at Home and Beyond, 09 645102/3, 05 951814, homeandbeyond-lb. com), which comes complete with cutlery and glasses. Stop along the way at a roadside food stall or shop to pick up local produce like olives, pickles and fresh fruit. your summer spread. The Bkassine Picnic Area (Maroun Aziz 03 421885, Bkassine Park, Jezzine) has a number of wooden shacks selling tempting additions to your picnic.
If you prefer to avoid the summer traffic and stay in Beirut, head over to the city’s biggest green space, Horsch Beirut (open every Saturday to the public). The vast 400,000m2 park is an oasis in the heart of the city, where families can be found every weekend dotted between palm trees and jungle-sized plants, sitting on the grass around narguileh and homemade mezze plates. More online lebanontraveler.com