On a recent trip to Lebanon, I took a tour to Jeitta Grotto, Harissa and Byblos. Upon arrival in Byblos, which is one of the oldest cities in the world (look up Phoenicians if you are curious and want to learn more about that), I was struck by how much it reminded me of scenes I had seen in movies set in Italy and/or France. This particular photo depicts part of the Byblos Castle grounds. If you ever find yourself in Beirut (the capital of Lebanon for those who don’t know), I would highly recommend a trip to the wonder that is Byblos. Architecturally you’d feel like you are in medieval Europe. It also helps that, due to Lebanon being a former French mandate (see League of Nations mandate and Sykes-Picot Agreement), most local people speak French.
A testament to the beauty of this place, is that the photo I took hasn’t been adited in any way – all you see are the natural colours in that city filled with light and tons of history. It has stood the test of time – it’s worth seeing and investing a bit of your own time.
And just to show that it has more than one face, here is a photo of the mountains that can be seen in the distance. I liked that while we were there, a fog fell over the hills. The photo below is also unedited.