Faraya Village Club
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... style amphitheatre, which hosts live summer concerts. Supposedly in 1999, the amphitheatre was chosen by UNESCO as "the city of peace". It's located between Beirut and Byblos, overlooking the sea. Divided into two by the national motorway Beirut /Tripoli, it is bordered in the west by the Mediterranean Sea and the east by the mountains of Kesrouan.
After our delicious lebanese lunch, ...
... maps, surveying, data(bases), coding, geostatistical analysis and, importantly, map comedy. We found that it was good for discussion last time to have some people attend that were not part of the mapping industry. Please feel free to invite friends/colleagues who do not make maps professionally. Looking forward to seeing you there!
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... already wrote on a stele at the Narh al-Kalb in around 1500 BC that he now had unlimited access to supplies of cedars.
From The Cedars, it is not much further to the pass that leads to the Bekaa valley, a desolate road across the mountains, that, however, from the top, at what, 2000 meters or so, provides great views.
An equally attractive crossing is further south, from the village of Achkout. This is where part of ...
... crossing of the motorway by pedestrians. Which indeed happens frequently. As are cars driving against the traffic, on the emergency shoulder, if there is any, or otherwise in the rightmost lane. At least they drive fairly slow. And we also saw a cyclist on the motorway, with helmet and all, but that, I think, is indeed a rarity.
Tripoli then. The contrast with fast-paced, modern Beirut could not be bigger. ...
... the road.
The history of Lebanon is everywhere you look, especially in Ehden. What is more remarkable, is the general knowledge of each family history from hundreds of years ago. Antonio took us around the village and told us stories of his great-great grandfather living in Ehden while fighting the Turks. We had a nice dinner in the village and returned to Zgharta around 11:30.