Falling into nature
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.