Bcharré and the Cedars

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the minibus to Bharreh

Early in the morning, at 07.30a.m I entered the minibus taking me up to Bcharreh. It is around two hours trip from old town in Tripoli. After only five minutes ride the bus started to wind uphills through a very beautiful landscape. When we had travelled for an hour or so, it the landscape reminded me of the roads in the mountains of Switzerland, with its high peaks and deep valleys with houses and terrace plantations on the slopes. We stopped in some small villages taking up school-children on their way to the school in Bcharreh.

When descending the mini-bus in Bcharreh, the taxidrivers very vividly presented their destinations 'the Cedars', 'Baalbek', etc. As the only tourist on the bus I had a good choice and could bargain a bit on the prices.

Bcharreh from the way up to the Cedars
For twenty USD, Tony took me up to the Cedars, waited for me up there while I took an hours walk in the mountain-forest of Cedartrees. The way up there were very spectacular and you could see the Quadisha Valley very clear like a cleft or gorge leading far away. Down in the Valley there are several monestaries and many good views, but that will be a goal for me next time I will visit this country. Now high up in the mountains, it was incredible to walk around in woods of big and old Cedartrees growing on an altitude of more than two thousand meters above the sea. The air is of course very healthy, fresh and has a clear scent of the Cedars. Of course the road high up close to the ski resort is lined with small souvenir-shops, however this time of the year, not many tourists are around.
the way to the Cedars
It was definitely worth twenty dollars to come up here and feel the atmosphere and walk, even if very short, a bit in the national park.

Down in the town Bcharreh again, I looked into the birthplace of Khalil Gibran, the great lebanese poet, philosopher, painter and author. He was born here and spent his childhood up here before the family moved to the United States. Gibran, is perhaps most wellknown for writing 'the Prophet' that is translated into several languages. After his death, he is burried in an old monestary, now converted to the amazing Khalil Gibran museum. From the museum you have a spectacular view of all surroundings with its snowcovered mountains and the deep valley, as well as the town. The museum holds several paintings of the artist and tells about his life.

Bcarreh
Some shelfs with parts of his big library are displayed and there are also his grave and a special room with some of his furnitures and belongings.

After an hour in the museum I walked down the road again to the town taking a good lunch at a small restaurant by a small waterfall, the Coral Pizzeria. There are a statue of a priest, with an remarkable story or myth. Along the road, seemed to be the only road in the small town, you will find some small shops, pharmacies and cafes. The town dominates of the big church, St Saba church. Bcharreh is a very pretty little town in the heart of or above the Quadisha Valley. There was also an excellent internet-cafe where you didn't need to line up for a computer.

So, Bcharreh and the Cedars are reached by a day tour from Tripoli in a very convenient way. Back in Tripoli again around 6 p.m.

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the minibus to Bharreh
the minibus to Bharreh
Bcharreh from the way up to the Ce…
Bcharreh from the way up to the C…
the way to the Cedars
the way to the Cedars
Bcarreh
Bcarreh
St Saba church on the gorge.
St Saba church on the gorge.
Quadisha valley
Quadisha valley
in the Cedars
in the Cedars
the Cedars
the Cedars
this Cedartree is about 2500 years…
this Cedartree is about 2500 year…
the air was just awesome
the air was just awesome
another very old Cedartree
another very old Cedartree
up close to the ski station
up close to the ski station
an old Cedartree close to the Ski …
an old Cedartree close to the Ski…
huge old Cedartrees framed in by s…
huge old Cedartrees framed in by …
my guide
my guide
Quadisha valley
Quadisha valley
yes, Bcharreh at a distance
yes, Bcharreh at a distance
I met a group been out tracking fo…
I met a group been out tracking f…
the St Saba church in Bcharreh
the St Saba church in Bcharreh
the birthplace of the great Khalil…
the birthplace of the great Khali…
Khalil Gebran
Khalil Gebran
St Saba church Bcharreh
St Saba church Bcharreh
Bharreh, the mainroad
Bharreh, the mainroad
museum of Khalil Gibran
museum of Khalil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran museum, his living r…
Kahlil Gibran museum, his living …
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