Pictures by Ana and Maria Rosemin
Middle Eastern Charm
Lebanon albeit being a small country, is one filled with different shades of gorgeous. On the one hand you have its natural beauty, unique and full of character and on the other you have an old school style and glamour that never really went away.
Unlike many of its mediterranean neighbours, the Lebanese natural beauty does not lie necessarily in its coast, but in its gorgeous mountains. Lebanon, not only boasts of one of the oldest towns in the world with Byblos, but is also famous for having some of the oldest trees in the world thanks to its imposing thousand year old cedar trees. Located up in the mountains, the cedars are truly breathtaking, so much so, that standing next to a six thousand year old tree gave me straight up goosebumps.
Over the decades Lebanon has built a reputation of being one of those amazing spots in the world where you can “ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon”. Unfortunately, having visited in summer, we were unable to test it, but it does sound like holiday heaven.
Not only is the landscape breathtaking, but also their homes are filled with glamour. A lot of grand lebanese houses have unfortunately been destroyed due to the war, but even through the rubble you can see their timeless beauty. These pictures I took of a beautiful family home in Saoufar, shows the grandeur shine right through the debris. But Lebanon is not all rubble and dust, and there are some stunning family owned little palaces still standing.
A thought did cross my mind though: What if the war hadn’t kicked off? What would the country be like today? Would it all be even more stunning?
I guess we’ll never know.