Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Internal Tourism

It took me a long time to get my first car... Like last year... 26!!! Prior to that I used to take public transportation around or hitch my dad's car or rides with friends! 


I always used to say that when I get a car, I'll just go sometimes on rides where I drive aimlessly until I get somewhere...


I don't... And it sucks that us Lebanese take our country for granted whilst foreigners enjoy this divine land on almost a weekly basis!


But two weekends ago we did just that... My best friend was coming from abroad and instead of doing the usuals (club and Gemmayzeh) we decided that for a change, this time were gonna go wine tasting... Now given the fact another good friend had been promising for five years to do just that, it was a perfect fit... 


We went to the Bekaa valley via quite a scenic route (pics below) from Damour, up to Beiteddine, stopping at the Chouf Cedar Reserve... Those Cedar trees are just magnificent... 


We then went down the valley spotting in the distance the Qaraoun dam... Firstly we stopped at Kefraya... It was pretty okay and regular... There's a room full of wine and a French restaurant... Good food... Good wine...


And then we continued to Domaine des Turelles... Not only did we get the royal treatment.. We actually got to see the different stages of wine making from the squeezing of the grapes, to the barrel aging... We also got to taste some wine in the garden, and my was I surprised... Their white wine and their Marquis des Beys are absolutely wonderful... AND apparently they're not retail commercially available all around, BUT they will be opening shop in Monot soon, so their bottles shall be more accessible... More on that when I get further info.. Until then, I leave you with pics...


View from the route


The entrance of the Cedar Reserve


A view of the beautiful Cedars


The Qaraoun Dam


The patchwork that is the Bekaa

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