Fall­ing into na­ture

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The au­tumn cool comes as wel­comed re­lief after a sum­mer of high tem­per­a­tures. It’s a pe­riod of chang­ing col­ors, a time of tran­si­tion, of shed­ding one skin for another. It’s also a fes­tive time in the coun­try’s ru­ral re­gions, when grapes and olives are picked and pressed, when pro­duce is boun­ti­ful and big feasts are pre­pared. The best way to feel the sea­son is to join vil­lagers and farm­ers in the great an­nual har­vest. And this is­sue is full of tips of how to get in­volved; in­clud­ing har­vest­ing grapes for debs enab (grape mo­lasses) in South Bekaa’s Rachaya, the winer­ies to visit in the Bekaa Val­ley and an olive oil trail where you can walk along olive groves, join har­vest­ing and see the pro­duc­tion process.

From a guide to Le­banon’s lesser-known forests to climb­ing in stun­ning scenery, our au­tumn is­sue shows you how to en­joy na­ture in the coun­try. The Food Her­itage Foun­da­tion takes us on a tour of re­gional kibbeh spe­cial­ties. Pres­i­dent of the Zouk Mikael In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val, Zalfa Bouez, gives us her guide to the Mount Le­banon town, Zouk Mikael. We also bring you our tips for the best beds in na­ture and camp­ing get­aways around the coun­try.

Culture wise, this is­sue fea­tures a rare in­ter­view with the mas­ter Le­banese fash­ion de­signer Elie Saab; we sit down with Bri­tish artist Tom Young, whose paint­ings tell the story of the coun­try’s her­itage build­ings and cap­ture the chang­ing face of the cap­i­tal; and we ex­plore the neigh­bor­hood of Raouché and mem­o­ries of old Beirut through the paint­ings of Has­san Jouni.

We put our Le­banon un­der the spot­light, just as it is – a coun­try that’s de­fined by vi­brant na­ture, rich tra­di­tions and end­less nar­ra­tives. Now take us on the jour­ney with you and share your sto­ries.

“Fall in Gem­mayzeh.” Photo: Wil­liam Khouch­aba

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