Mt. Lebanon & Byblos

bible beginnings, gala endings

Mount Lebanon is mentioned in the Old Testament several times. King Hiram I sent engineers to fetch cedar wood from its slopes to build the Jewish Temple of Jerusalem

we set out to hike the Literary Trail of Mt. Lebanon

maybe it's the mountain air or the tomatoes, but a disproportionate number of poets lived along this trail.

Often you shall think your road impassable, sombre and companionless. Have will and plod along; and round each curve you shall find a new companion.

Mikail Naimy

its easy to find inspiration here

and nourishment for the soul, and the stomach. The slopes spill with fruits and vegetables. Tomotoes are the size of melons.

walnuts grow on stones

don't miss the figs

it's all downhill from here

down to Byblos, claiming oldest city in the world

and it also claims fish fossils found on Mt Lebanon dating back 100 million years.

Byblos means "papyrus book," and the Bible's name derives from here

It's also the source of the first alphabet. To abet trade Phoenenicains invented the 22 letter set to represent the phonemes of their language.

the Geeeks appropriated the alphabet and then the Romans morphed it to the Latin alphabet the West shares today

so many layers of history here. wherever you sit you are on the shoulders of several civilizations past

biblical proportions

the crusaders conquered in the 12th century, and built massive defensive castles

then the Mamlūks from Egypt vanquished; then the Ottomans, who ruled for 400 years.

and then the French moved in, bringing a new Joie de vivre

Before the civil war, Byblos was a secret hideaway for the jet set.Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando stayed here. So do we.

now with war a distant whisper, Bylbos is back to its festive ways

we dine with the beautiful and the fly

where the locals celebrate the good life with Lebanese wine and a shisha pipe

and since Byblos is the ultimate blend of civilizations, we celebrate with a Lebanese Arnold Palmer #mtsobek #stellerstories

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  • mombo

    wow. this looks so incredible. really amazing.

  • chrisarpad

    Beautiful trip, great pictures....I'm still learning how to post. Wish I could fit in more pics with each post!


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