Urban explorers

Urban explorers

What is urban exploration? Also called UE, urbex, infiltration or reality hacking, urban exploration is about searching, documenting, exploring and mapping man-made structures, hidden treasures, forbidden places, abandoned buildings, ruins.. As long as the site is no longer in use and sometimes off-limits.
Open a door, sneak in, cross a fence, take a picture, share with the world.

Here is one of Lebanon’s best Urban explorers.
beirut.forget.me.nots Discovering old Beirut and Lebanon through its abandoned gems.
We love her Instagram account!

Tom Young: inspired by Lebanon’s heritage

Tom Young: inspired by Lebanon's heritage

Meet Tom Young  a deeply committed artist who draws his inspiration from Lebanon’s heritage, mainly old abandoned houses and buildings. In the hopes that art can help us preserve, honour and save some of them.

Young is best known for his Rose House project a few years back (a painting residency in the big rose mansion overlooking the Corniche). His new exhibit will be at the Sofar Grand Hotel (Sept 16th – October 14th) where he has been working and painting since February. It will feature “rare items salvaged from the original hotel as well as performances by students from nearby schools.” Check it out!

More on his work here in this article of Lebanon Traveler.

Jabal Moussa Mountain Loop

Jabal Moussa Mountain Loop

If you are looking for a place to hike, incredible scenery and wonderful flora and fauna, this is one of the most beautiful natural reserves in Lebanon, Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve

The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa celebrated their 10 year anniversary a few days ago and inaugurated a new hiking trail which connects all the trails in what is now called the Jabal Moussa Mountain Loop.

The Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 6,500 hectares and is part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves Network. Pierre Doumet, Founder and President of the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa says that ecotourism brought 22,000 visitors to the reserve last year! The Association hopes to show the importance of protecting our ressources and nature.

Check out the article in The Daily Star here.

 

The story of Oum Ali

You might have tasted her delicious Saj at Souk el Tayeb on Saturdays.. This is the story of Oum Ali who puts her heart, strength and soul into keeping the culinary traditions of her village alive. Watch this beautiful short documentary directed & produced by Nay Aoun (funded by USAID). Thank you Slow Food Beirut for striving …

Mosaïque recyclée et record mondial

Mosaïque recyclée et record mondial

Un record mondial au Liban pour une mosaïque de 971,37 mètres carrés faite à partir de déchêts recyclables (9 530 pièces en plastique, 4 185 cannes, 2 776 morceaux d’aluminium et 1 062 fragments de verre).
Un fantastique projet pour sensibiliser les libanais au recyclage.
Bravo à toute l’équipe qui a confectionné cette mosaïque, un travail de titan!

L’article de l’Orient Le Jour pour plus d’infos, ici.

 

Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve

Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve

If you are looking for a place to hike, incredible scenery and wonderful flora and fauna, this is one of the most beautiful natural reserves in Lebanon, Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve

The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa celebrated their 10 year anniversary a few days ago and inaugurated a new hiking trail which connects all the trails in what is now called the Jabal Moussa Mountain Loop.

The Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 6,500 hectares and is part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves Network. Pierre Doumet, Founder and President of the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa says that ecotourism brought 22,000 visitors to the reserve last year! The Association hopes to show the importance of protecting our ressources and nature.

Read the article in The Daily Star here