On the trail

A tour through By­b­los' old souk

Lebanon Traveler - - CONTENTS -

Head north out of Beirut to­wards Tripoli and exit the high­way at Fi­dar. Look out for the Fi­dar Bridge and the Ro­man aque­duct over the Ado­nis River, which once served fresh wa­ter from the mountain springs to the peo­ple of By­b­los. Fol­low the old coastal road and park when you reach the Old Town of By­b­los. 1. Wit­ness the an­cient art of em­broi­dery in the skilled hands of a mother and daugh­ter duo at Ebre wa Khayt ( 03 462512). They com­bine an old craft with modern tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate be­spoke needle­work and screen-printed linens, tow­els and ac­ces­sories. 2. There is no bet­ter place to pick up lit­er­a­ture from or about Le­banon than at Gi­bran’s Le­banon ( 09 542226). Flick through books writ­ten by cel­e­brated Le­banese au­thors, in­clud­ing Amin Maalouf, Alexan­dre Na­j­jar, Ambra Salam and of course the works of Gi­bran Khalil Gi­bran him­self. Cham­pi­oning lo­cal de­sign­ers, it’s also a good spot for hand­made crafts. 3. Watch Ar­me­nian met­al­worker Vahe Ham­par­soumian ( 03 741371) trans­form­ing light sheet metal into ar­guileh boxes, square vases and even bar coun­ters at his work­shop, housed in a beau­ti­ful ar­cade. Vahe, whose craft has been handed down from his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther, works with great pas­sion and pride. 4. Eddé’s Herbs

herb­sAt and spices that( 03 have 742332),long se­duced aro­matic passers-by are de­light­fully dis­played in pot­tery and bas­kets. If you’re look­ing for sumac, thyme or other dis­tinc­tive Le­banese fla­vors, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

5. Dis­cover the only fish fos­sils to emerge from the Mid­dle East at Mem­ory of

Time ( 09 540444). Ex­ca­vated from the palaeon­tol­o­gist and shop-owner’s land, the fos­sils are in­cred­i­bly de­tailed and avail­able to pur­chase. 6. Re­fuel with a lo­cal spe­cialty snack at

Abi­as­saf ( 09 546489), lo­cated be­tween the Serail and By­b­los Bank. Sam­ple the Kaak de By­b­los - puffy, crispy, se­same-seed cov­ered balls, en­joyed plain or with a scoop of lab­neh.

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