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  • Behind a cherry tree

    Summer could start there, climbing up a tree, wicker basket in hand, to pick juicy red cherries, but we decided to go later in August. Nevertheless, under Hammana’s red roofs and pine trees summer lives on. A first step into the village will reveal the Brahimiyé fountain dating from 1923, the 700 years old Mezher palace where Alphonse de Lamartine once stayed, and an old movie theatre left unchanged. But beyond the obvious path, at the turn of a road, up a little slope, behind a traditional house or an old silk factory, you may also come across a garden shed by a vine and sit on an old stone to listen to stories, find a terrace with an unlimited view of...

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    Wild Thymes

    Nothing like gathering around delicious food to share a good moment with friends. To spread that warm Lebanese spirit, The Good Thymes has chosen a key ingredient of our culture, wild thyme. Zaatar is the specialty Fady Aziz decided to take a chance on. After years of experience in branding and design, and heading the design department at marketing firm Quantum Communications, he chose to apply his knowledge to a new project close to his heart. Originally from Kfarhouné in South Lebanon, as a kid he spent his holidays at the village playing around with his friends in an empty field on which an old farm had been built and abandoned forty years ago. Years later Fady realized he was still...

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    Layover on the Silk Road

    In a garden filled with jasmine, lavender and olive groves, lies a charming Lebanese mansion that was once a flourishing silk manufacture. Now turned into a museum, it is one of the rare testimonies of the blooming age of silk making in Lebanon. At the end of the 16th century, The Emir Fakhr-al-Din imported silk production to Mount Lebanon from Italy. Farmers planted white mulberry trees, silkworms’ main food, while in spinning mills, workers, including women sought after for their slender fingers, worked meticulously with fragile cocoons and thin threads. White and fine threads from Tripoli were used for gold embroidered fabric, the strong silk from Beirut for weaving taffetas, moiré or tapestry, while the Chouf and Kesrouan’s robust and...

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    Save the fruits and veggies

    Supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries, and even our fridges are filled with products that will end up in the garbage, although still good for consumption. Eat Save Love went on a glamourous rescue mission for these abandoned products.  It’s the fate of that square shaped tomato, this oversized cucumber, an overripe pear, or even that yoghurt pot near expiry, that will forever be neglected in the supermarket fridge, unable to compete against fresher pots, that moved Diana Fayad and encouraged her to act. Thousands of people across the globe still face hunger daily, yet tons of food that is still good end up in our garbage every day. In Dubai, where she lived between 2010 and 2013, Diana was struck by that...

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    Seeds of a green city.

    We set out to invade the city with flowers, fruits and aromatic herbs! Mint, Wild Strawberries, Basil, Chives or Lemon and Olive trees are now at the counter of our Tailor Shop. You can choose the right plant by filtering through plant type, watering needs, indoor/outdoor and maintenance level; the ’Very Easy’ plants, can ease your way into gardening, with just a few tips the ‘Easy’ can last whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned gardener and ‘Medium’ are for the most patient of us.      On our pots, you might encounter a woman watering with her can, a man raking the soil or maybe our gardener wearing her oversized sun hat. We grabbed a fine brush to paint those...

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