SHOW­STOP­PING SNOWSCAPES FAQRA-KFARDE­BIAN

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Lo­cated at 54km from Beirut, Faqra is part of Kfarde­bian vil­lage set at an el­e­va­tion of be­tween 1,735 and 1,975m above sea level. Two Faqra land­marks – the Ro­man tem­ples and nat­u­ral bridge - take on a new look dur­ing the win­ter sea­son when they are re­splen­dent in the pure white­ness of the snow. In win­ter the Ro­man tem­ples can only be ob­served from the main road, but the view is def­i­nitely worth the stop. In the up­per part of the site vis­i­tors can stroll around the ruins and the two Ro­man al­tars cov­ered with snow. Faqra’s nat­u­ral lime­stone bridge, shaped over the cen­turies by wind and wa­ter, lies just a few kilo­me­ters from the Ro­man site and be­neath it gushes the Nahr El La­ban stream.

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Choices range from high-end ho­tels, such as (09 300600; faqr­a­club.com) or (09 030301; ter­re­brune­ho­tel.com), to the cozy and friendly over­look­ing Faqra’s Ro­man site (03 058476; troy­faqra.webs.com), or the bud­get­friendly in Kfarde­bian vil­lage (03 214871; be­ity.org).

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EAT Chez Michel Terre Brune Troy Ho­tel

En­joy a Le­banese meal at Troy Ho­tel’s restau­rant, at the fa­mous (09 300614), (09 300818), (09 341800) or at (70 122414; mas­saya.com).

Al Kanater Mas­saya Chez Chaker

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