Lebanon

1 09 2010

This summer, I had the great pleasure of spending a few weeks visiting my family in Lebanon.  It was a fantastic trip – I did a lot of sightseeing and ate insane amounts of delicious food!  One of the highlights was visiting Bieteddine Palace.  Built between 1788 and 1818, the palace sits on a terraced mountainside 28 miles southeast of Beirut.  Beiteddine Palace is spectacular – I could have spent hours walking through its vast courtyards, reception rooms decorated with multicolored mosaics and hand painted wood paneling, and exquisite Turkish baths (or hammams in Arabic).  The palace also houses a small museum, which contains a wonderful exhibit of traditional Arab costume.  Although worn by time, the detail and color of these pieces are still incredible!

Reception room

For more information on Beiteddine Palace, please visit www.beiteddine.org.  The palace hosts a yearly music festival – Pink Martini performed there this past July!

posted by Salwa

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