GAVIN’S FA­VORITES

Lebanon Traveler - - READER’S EXPERIENCE -

Le­banese dish: I love mouloukhiyeh, es­pe­cially in the win­ter when its not of­ten avail­able on menus! On oc­ca­sion, you can find it at some restau­rants as a plat du jour op­tion or you can head to Man­hat­tan restau­rant in Broum­mana, where its served ev­ery Sun­day lunchtime.

Restau­rant: Al Hindi at the War­wick Palm Beach Ho­tel. The restau­rant serves great In­dian food and is al­ways busy. It’s cozy, with wooden floors and ori­en­tal rugs and amaz­ing ser­vice.

Bar: Happy hour at Dany’s in Badaro. They do a very good gin and tonic, which is not too strong like other bars.

Ac­tiv­ity: Scuba div­ing at Dive The Med in Ba­troun. There are some re­ally in­ter­est­ing ship and sub­ma­rine wrecks to ex­plore.

Hidden gem: The Ho­tel Palmyra in Baal­beck. It’s the Mid­dle East’s old­est ho­tel and feels like a haunted house. Charles de Gaulle lived at the ho­tel dur­ing his time in Le­banon and Agatha Christie also stayed back in the day.

Tip: Come in the sum­mer for great nightlife, friendly and at­trac­tive peo­ple, cool beach clubs, amaz­ing food and lo­cal wine. The coun­try also boasts the most beau­ti­ful moun­tains and not-to-be-missed Ro­man ru­ins.

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