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... covered a lot today! During this discussion one of the older gentlemen in the group joined in. We were talking about how the Lebanon Mountain Trail is a very simple idea. It's just a trail, after all. All you do is walk on it. A lot of people, let's be honest, are going that think that's a pretty boring thing to do. I hope my pictures change some of their minds! We also talked about how half of the experience of the trail is really ...
... 8217;s son, Charbel, started talking to me in French and he told us his dad would give us a lift to the bus stop where we’d be able to get a bus home. On route they offered us to come over for coffee and said we could even sleep at their house if we wanted. We declined… saying we were just really tired and were going to go home. But really, how nice was that!? Luke and I decided that we need to start doing more nice things.
... been able to stay the night otherwise.
In the morning, we woke up around 7:00 and enjoyed a complimentary Lebanese breakfast. This consisted of the typical bread, labneh (a yogurt-like spread), eggs, raw vegetables, and loads of basil. After having breakfast, we hopped in a taxi to take us to get our gear then to the slopes. We stopped at Mzaar Sport, where a friendly couple fitted us for boots (L.L. 10,000), ...
Onto some vineyards and wine tasting. Ksara wines, which would be the most famous of wineries in Lebanon is open to the public. A brief documentary explaining the wine region and wine making process is down before getting down to the taste testing. 4 small sips of a white, rose, red and a moscato we were then ushed down into the caves to see where they lay the wines (either in bottles or oak barrels!).
We lunched at ...
... dinner that Auntie Nounou has planned with the rest of the Rabbats! There are something like 8 including their spouses. This will take place on Thursday evening.
Once we had the plan in place, we decided to head to the mountains of the south today. This is an area where some Beirut residents typically head to for the summer. When my dad lived here, he used to go up to Kleiaat all the time.
The first stop was a church on the mountain that ...