I have never lived in Lebanon…we fled the war in 1983 and I barely remember anything. I do remember vaguely though, the times when we would come back when the ‘situation’ was calmer and my parents took my sister and I around Lebanon so we can learn about our country’s history. What stuck is the nature and the food, the mini hikes, the waterfalls and the beautiful scenery. Those are the images that would just blink in my mind for a second, but I barely remember anything clearly. 30 years in Dubai but Lebanon always had my heart when I was much younger. Until I grew older and people kept trying to involve me into political conversation that I deliberately and thankfully stayed out of. I began to forget what the real Lebanon was all about and not just about it’s notorious night life. It’s about the food, the land and the fabulous gatherings!
So, we decided to go back and become tourists in our own country.
Our first day trip was lunching in the historic Bekaa Valley in Lebanon in a place called ‘ Tawlit Ammiq‘. The restaurant and village of Ammiq sit on a natural reserve (UN protected site). It was designed with solar chimneys, Canadian wells, and an infrastructure aimed at minimizing the use of electricity as well as saving water and recycling most of the waste; all of the furnishings are made of recycled wood and hand painted bird lamp fixtures are made of recycled wine bottles with the names of the local birds. The cuisine is your typical lebanese finest organically produced and handpicked fresh.
On Sundays, they serve brunch starting at 12pm and it was absolutely delicious! (Because I am not a food blogger, I could not hold myself and take pitcures of the food before eating, unfortunately because I keep forgetting to when I see food!)
A highly recommended place to visit with friends or family. They even have a cute playground for children at the back terrace and offer activities such as hiking and culture learning. It’s just a perfect place to try real home cooked food!
The drive took us about 1.5 – 2 hours from Beirut. There are many different ways, we decided to go with the most scenic view road trip stopping along the cedars. Passed through Maasser El Shouf and the reserve, to Kefraya Bekaa Valley. Far away from everything chaotic and pollution.
Photos taken with Canon G1X
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