To live like a king
While going through my Lebanon pictures I realised there were little-to-no pictures of me on my camera. One of the main reasons being, there was so much to see and take in, that most days it was hard to drag me away from behind the lens.
An example of such a day, was during our trip to Beiteddine and its magnificent palace. We drove up to the Chouf region in the mountains and went to visit the opulent emir residence straight away. Now turned into a tourist attraction and festival venue, when built, the emir apparently cut the architect’s hands off, so that his palace would stay one of a kind. Although I, in no way, condone such barbaric behaviour, I can however understand Bashir Shihab II having such a strong attachment to his “humble” new home. The palace is stunning and strings room upon room of exotic rugs, colourful glass, gold and timeless mosaics, while being surrounded by beautiful fountains and roses. Beiteddine is truly a sight to be seen, and as my sister cleverly put it, its like the Alhambra in Spain, minus the tourists.
Doing a true 180, after being royals for a couple of hours, we decided to have lunch off the beaten track, and ended up in a family run side road café, where we were welcome with open arms. There, up in the mountains, we ate a table full of delicious manakeesh that were made fresh on the spot for us … true culinary heaven.
If you ever travel to Lebanon, I do recommend visiting the Chouf region, it is truly magical and not only is the Palace a marvel to the eyes, but also the cute little town of Beiteddine has its own wonders to offer.