Beauty in the Rubble

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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.

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Take It Easy Lebanesy

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Pictures by Ana and Maria Rosemin

A trip of a lifetime

This has probably been the longest I have gone without writing a post, and I feel like I have failed myself and those of you that check-in. But, when the outside world gets real and you spend most of your awake hours staring at a screen, sometimes, you just need to step away from the keyboard!
I don’t know about you, but generally when everything around me goes crazy and I need a bit of a break, travelling and hiding behind my camera seems to make it all better. But if like me, you find yourself with no more holiday days left, looking back at pictures of your adventures can also do the trick.

And that is exactly what I am doing, I am delving right into my trip to Lebanon from a month ago, sharing with you some snapshots and slowly winding down in the process. It is a pleasure for me to share this once in a lifetime holiday, that has been a long time coming.

Why a long time coming you may ask?

As I have mentioned several times before, I am bit of cocktail when it comes to origins and roots, and if I am honest, the more you know me the more complicated it gets.
My mum is Lebanese, a born and bred Beirut lady. Unfortunately, due to unrest in the region, she had to leave her home country in the 70s and has barely had the chance to go back.  Growing up as kids, surrounded by our mum’s peculiar Lebanese culinary traditions, we always begged her to take us to Beirut.
Finally, over 20 years later, we finally made it and man, was it worth the wait!

I had heard stories left, right and center about how stunning and amazing the country was, but it isn’t until you see it and experience it for yourself that you really get what the fuss is all about.
To give you a little taste of what the country has to offer, in the next couple of posts I will be sharing with you little details, that make Lebanon a true gem of the mediterranean.

To start here are some pictures from Beirut, Batroun and Byblos.

P.S. It is a true shame technology doesn’t allow us yet to share taste and smell, because otherwise I would do it. Lebanese food is my favourite food in the world, so you can guess my trip was going to revolve around that. But I was in for a surprise, it was so much better than I could imagine, the flavours were incomparably delicious and I can honestly say I have never eaten so much in my entire life. 

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Urban Jungle

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Pictures by Christian Samuelson

Jumping Jumpsuit

I rarely talk about Dublin’s fair city on the blog. When I do, it is mainly to comment on its unpredictable weather and the bane it is to my sartorial existence.
Rarely do I compliment it for being a small yet truly multifaceted and international city. Not only is the jolly capital surrounded by wonderful Irish greenery, choppy seas and picturesque mountains. It also has a more modern and architectural urban scene, epitomised by the notorious Grand Canal Dock. With its landmark Bord Gais theatre and  funky red light display, the area is buzzing with a young and international crowd, keen to chill and enjoy its blooming brunch scene.

Having worked and lived in the area for a number of years now, I couldn’t think of a better backdrop for my attempt at being a human sized, blazer-wearing, snow leopard. The privacy of a rooftop allowed me to behave like a cooky animal in my own urban jungle, wrapped in the comfort of a jumpsuit.

Aaah jumpsuits, they are the ultimate cool/lazy outfit, perfect for pretty much any occasion. You walk around feeling warm, fuzzy and warm on the inside, like a giant baby, while (hopefully) making a fierce and striking statement on the outside.
I decided to pair my baggy jumpsuit with a sharp blazer and some strappy white sandals, to avoid the awkward “are you wearing pyjamas” look. Let’s hope the trick worked.

P.S. Check out my recent column for Blog and the City. 

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