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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

Horsh Beirut. Photos: Olga Habre

Jean Michel Jarre per­forms at Baal­beck Fes­ti­val on 30 July

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