This past weekend, I decided to go with a couple of my cousins on a quick drive around the beautiful Lebanese North, which happens to be where I’m from.
The area in the pictures below is about a thirty minute drive from my hometown in the Batroun caza and the road is paved with gorgeous scenery as well. I had wanted to post this yesterday but the Telegraph article took precedence. Check out my commentary on that article here.
So in a way, this post will serve as further proof to what I presented in my commentary yesterday. Perhaps what was very surprising to me was that, despite it being a very sunny Saturday, the number of people hitting the Cedar slopes was very little compared to how popular Faraya seems to be even though this is a much nicer area to visit.
Moreover, while driving around these mountains, your mind is taken out of your car and to a whole other place altogether. You cannot simply drive around without forcibly stopping to try and take a picture that barely encompasses the beauty in front of you. They call the Cedar forest in North Lebanon: The Cedars of God. I think I know why it’s called as such: if God wanted to choose a place to live in (during winter), it’d be this.
It’s absolutely breathtaking.
And then, just before leaving, my cousins decided to remember my brother, Joseph, who happens to be in the US as a foreign exchange student. So this is to Joseph:
All these pictures were taken with my iPhone 4S and were not modified in any way.
fantastic photographs ! actually I would like to spend my holiday there as well .
Do I have to arrange it with any travel agency Or I can go there by myself ?
You can go there by yourself.
Sadly I dont have much exposure to snow where I live but have spent a couple of winters in edinburgh and sweden. As much as I was miserable about the cold, it was hard for me to be immune to the the beauty of the snowy landscapes around me 🙂 Your pics are beautiful and they bring me the satisfaction of having visited those places in person !!! Thanks.
You’ve visited the Cedars before? Awesome.
Not yet….for now just thru’ your pictures 🙂 Had a lebanese friend who raved about his beautiful country, so it is definitely one of the places I will be visiting.
Make sure your stay doesn’t stick to Beirut. You’ll enjoy your trip way more if you venture out of the city.
Sure I will.
Hey, this is the other blog that I had written to you in my first message several months ago. There is still so much work to do 😦 Wonder how do you find the time to write your posts. Are you on hols at the moment?
Would definitely be interested in your comments or guest posting someday if you find the time.
If by hols you mean holiday, then no.
Honestly, I barely have time for this. I try to have one post published per day to keep the blog updated but with med school, it’s proving more difficult than expected.
Yep, I meant holidays. You are doing a wonderful job esp. given your med school committments. It is also interesting to see someone not yet desensitised by med school 🙂 and still having an avid interest in things happening around.
Have a nice day !!!
Thank you 🙂
Have a nice day as well!
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Those are beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing them. Even though I’m an American of Lebanese decent on my Father’s side, I’ve been told that I’m not allowed to enter Lebanon because I’ve been to Israel. That’s a real shame because I would love to see those awesome cedar trees in person.
That is a shame Phil! Maybe someday inshallah.
Very beautiful! I’ve been there many moons ago. Used to visit Dahour Shwier… Hope I spelled it right 😊