“Walking Lebanon”

"Walking Lebanon"

Discover the richness and diversity of Lebanon in this beautiful article by Warren Singh-Bartlett. Follow the writer’s incredible journey walking over 400 km from North to South on the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT).

“In the valley below, a delicate froth of fruit blossom clouded the terraces. Cherry perhaps, or apple. Maybe both. I could hear the tinkle of goat bells from somewhere below and the distant but unmistakable echo of a bus honking its horn on the other side of the valley. Wind rustled through the trees, making the mist swirl and all around, the air filled with birdsong.”

Read the full story here

 

Beyrouth à deux-roues

Beyrouth à deux-roues
The Chain Effect est un collectif qui vise à promouvoir le vélo comme moyen de transport efficace, plus écologique, sain et plus économique. A leur initiative des graffitis ont été réalisés un peu partout en ville, on peut lire sur les murs :
“Brûlez des calories et non du carburant” ou bien “Si vous aviez fait du vélo, vous seriez déjà chez vous maintenant”.
A travers le street-art, des fresques peintes par des écoliers, et des ateliers pour sensibiliser le grand public à l’usage du vélo, The Chain Effect compte bien changer les mentalités. Chapeau! Et à vos vélos!
Plus d’info sur leur page Facebook

Summer is still on!

If you think summer and festival season is over. Think again. September has lots of great music events in store for you.

wicker

This coming Saturday, leave the chaos of city life, come enjoy the beautiful shore of Batroun and attend the annual Wickerpark festival, featuring a great line up of lebanese bands.

A great way to encourage and discover local talent in a laid back, sea side, grassroot environment. This year, the festival is taking place on a Saturday so that you won’t need to fear traffic and rush back to Beirut.

This edition will feature performances by well-established bands as well as newcomers: The Wanton BishopsInterbellumLUMIFilter, HappierSafar MusicETYENLoopstacheKid Fourteen, and DJ sets by Jack the Fish, Ziad Nawfal and Rami O.

fatouma

On Wednesday September 14th, Liban Jazz brings you the incredibly captivating Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara. She is the famous voice of the musical “Kirikou” and the talent behind the soundtrack of the internationally renowned movie “Timbuktu”.

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On Sunday September 18th, Beirut Jam Sessions are heading to Gardenstate to present the unique Estonian artist NOËP, whose real name is Andres Kopper, “an electronic-pop act whose music has been described as a delicate and infectious blend of indie, electro and pop accompanied by distinctive vocals”. This not-to-miss concert will also feature local talents; CODE O preforming his solo tracks and a DJ set by musician and producer ETYEN.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Un été libanais

Warm weather triggers souvenirs of the sweet anticipation, when school ends, of the long glorious vacation that lays ahead. For our french speaking followers, there is a beautiful text by Medea Azouri in L’Orient Le Jour about the vivid memories and delicate taste of summer in Lebanon. Family gatherings in our grand father’s village, the smell of jasmin, …

Take a vacation!

Photo by Roland Ragi
Photo by Roland Ragi

When was the last time you felt like a tourist in your own country? You dont have to go far to take a vacation.

We are all overwhelmed by our busy lives but it's important to take a step back, take a day off and go on an adventure. With friends, with family, with your kids, on a bike, by foot or by car, get on the road and try something new. One of the wonderful things about Lebanon is that there is always a little something to discover.

From Douma to the Chouf, from Batroun to the Qadisha, from Tyre to Jeita.. many guest houses have opened their doors in recent years and offer a unique way to experience lebanese hospitality. Beautiful locations, charming decor, traditional meals, all that and much more.

More info on l'Hote libanais

   

In harmony with nature

EarthTest
Photo by NewsroomNomad

Here is a great inspirational story of a couple living with the land, from organic farming to ancestral construction techniques.

Raed Chami is a farmer with a permaculture project who's struggle to sell his crops went viral a few months ago (read here). His partner Joanna Parker is an architect specialised in eco-friendly building. In what she calls her earth-plastering laboratory, she experiments with natural building technics.

The author of the story embarked on a memorable journey and shares with us her unique experience of living in harmony with nature and learning about green earth plastering using clay, earth, sand and straw.

Their struggle is ongoing like many local farmers, especially those who refuse the appeal of industrial agriculture that comes in the form of greater profit. They live humbly and they work hard to sustain their lifestyle. Their choices are not without overwhelming benefits. They are rich in their proximity to nature, and prosperous in the simplicity of their existence. And they are made humble before the awe that is the natural world.

Read the full story here.

Read more about the couple on their blog.

 

Horsh Beirut (re)opening

(photo by BlogBaladi) Great news! The largest urban park in the heart of Beirut, Horsh Beirut (la forêt des Pins), will officially be open to the public every day starting June 6th, 8am to 2pm on weekdays and 7am to 7pm on weekends. (It has been open on Saturdays for a while but with restrictions and ID checks at the entrance). …

Cyclist of Life

Cyclist of Life

Micky Chebli is a #cyclistoflife. He is turning 50 this year and hopes to fulfil his dream. Riding from Paris to Beirut in one month to raise money for 3 lebanese NGOs.

Today is the big day. This morning Micky embarked on his long journey and aims to cycle 4000 km in the next 36 days. He will cycle from France to Italy, then to Greece and Turkey. He’ll then take a boat to Lebanon and cycle back to Beirut on July 2nd.

His goal is to raise 300 000$. These funds will cover the following:

For les Petits Soleils “Free Health Care for all Children in Need” : $100 000 will cover 10 hospitalizations with surgery, 1000 specialized consultations, 1000 vaccinations, 1500 X-rays, and 500 laboratories explorations.

For Myschoolpulse “Bringing Schools to Hospitals” : $100 000 covers the education of 100 children undergoing treatment for life-threatening diseases in six hospitals.This money will also cover one-on-one tutoring, computer courses and art therapy

For Oum el Nour  “Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation”: $100 000 will cover one year of in-patient treatment and social reinsertion for 10 young men and women and design of prevention and social awareness programs

With his passion and motivation Micky is an inspiration to all of us.

Follow his journey, support his campaign.

Let’s help him help others.

 

 

 

 

 

Run for peace (of mind)

A few days ago, we came across this inspiring video by the Beirut Marathon Association dedicated to the runners of Lebanon. It follows passionate runners from all walks of life. Some run to feel free, some run to feel empowered, some run from their worries, others run to challenge. No matter how hard it gets and despite the constant battle …