I visited Lebanon last year with a friend. We lived in her family in Tripoli for 3 weeks and visited amongst other parts, the village of her father in the North, Byblos and of course Beyrouth. I still cannot figure out why the names of the cities are so different in french, english and arabic. For example Tripoli is actually Trablos and Byblos is Jbeil… Do you see a reason ? ^^
I took arabic lessons before going by the way, and I was happy to practice with real lebanese people. There are almost no redheads (if not at all) in Lebanon so when I was asking for something in arabic, people were looking at me like if I was a freaking ghost hahaha. Especially in the small village of her father where people are not used to see different types of people. It was really fun. I especially loved the faded colors everywhere, the hospitality of lebanese people and the breathing soul of Lebanon and history still deeply present in the streets. Maybe even more because it was election time when I came.
In the old Souk of Tripoli we watch Mr Charkass, a soap maker artist, manufacture soaps in the old traditional way !
And oh my goddess, the food !!! How did I forget to mention about the food ?I had like a baby houmous inside my belly when I came back hahaha.
My friend’s mum gave me her houmous recipe by the way and I never managed to make it the way I tested it back there ! Another reason why I need to go back ASAP !
I wish I can go back someday, finish learning arabic and travel more, for example in the south that I haven’t had the chance to see yet. If you plan on getting married in Lebanon, please call me, I will be so glad to be your wedding photographer !