Bcharré and the Cedars
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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.
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.
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.