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Back to Lebanon Part I – Byblos

November 12, 2017

Maybe you should never go to Lebanon. Don’t ever visit that country, unless you are adventurous, a bit daredevil, craving for explore something extraordinary. Lebanon is not for everybody. It’s intensive, diverse, chaotic, unorganized, unique, hiding damn beautiful treasures. If being outside your comfort zone scares you, you probably do not deserve discovering them. But if you are a real traveler, ready to forget your prejudices and go with the flow, then you are going to love that country and people and they will love you.

Anyway, right now I give you an opportunity to stroll the streets of Byblos, one of the most picturesque cities in the Middle East, from the comfort of your home. Here you go, enter the city, whose frequent visitors used to be Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Picture yourself having a meal in one of the fish restaurants with the scenic view at the ancient port. Walk through the Phoenician, Roman and Crusader ruins, Baptist church and mosque, all close to each other.

Byblos_streets

Byblos_streets

Byblos mosque

Byblos_bar

Byblos SOJ 4

Byblos street cat

Byblos temples

Byblos café Sandstone, Pink and Big Blue

Even though I’m half Lebanese, I haven’t lived in Lebanon since my small child age, so it feels rather like a dear holiday destination to me, than home. Nevertheless, every visit helps me to better understand myself.

Could it be a coincidence, that I’m so much obsessed with the color of sandstone? Most of the Lebanese buildings, both, historic and modern, are built of that material. I adore how warm and exotic it looks! It has a therapeutic effect on me. In combination with the flood of pink flowers and the views to the blue sea, Byblos looks nothing but magical.

Only about forty minutes driving from the busy capital, this small, traditionally wealthy coastal town stays incredibly calm and romantic. It has all the qualities of the Mediterranean beautiful cities situated in Southern Europe, plus Byblos benefits from its extra exciting history. After all, it´s known as one of the oldest cities in the world.

Byblos sea view

Byblos architecture

Byblos vila

Byblos tourists

Byblos

Byblos walk

Byblos view

When in Byblos

The streets of Byblos are almost empty during hot days, with most of the people staying on the beach, but after dark, they come alive, again. All the restaurants and the stylish open-air bars suddenly fill up with the locals, who soon start to dance to the tones of Arabic and western music. I always dance in Lebanon. No one can get away from that. That music, the atmosphere and people won’t let you stay passive observer.

What to do in Byblos? Enjoy sandy beach, stroll the streets and alleys, discover history, shop at the atmospheric local souks (market), eat in Feniqia restaurant, and iconic Pepe Byblos Fishing Club, party at night. Then repeat it all.

In my opinion, Byblos is an ideal base to stay, when you are in Lebanon. From here, one can quickly reach different parts of the country, discover all other amazing places and then come back to ease up from the hectic roads. It’s definitely a good idea to visit the country in winter, too, as Byblos has one of the most beautiful Christmas tree and city decoration in the world.
Did you enjoy your walk? I hope you did.

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Byblos restaurants

Byblos café 5

Byblos food restaurant Feniqa

Byblos square

Byblos port

Byblos architecture 2

Byblos souk

Byblos restaurant Haciena del Pepe

Byblos street style

OUTFIT: blouse – SheIn, trousers – ZARA, shoes – HUMANIC

Byblos port

byblos sea view ancient port

© Creative direction, photos and editing: DANIELA RIFAI  with an amazing assistance of my mom LUBICA RIFAI

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33 Comments

  • Reply David Hall November 16, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Daniela, beautiful photographs and such a beautiful country, I had no idea! Thanks so much for the walking tour, cant wait for Part II

    • Reply Daniela November 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Thanks so much David! I’m really happy to hear that you discovered Lebanon through my post. 🙂

      Daniela

  • Reply Deven November 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Daniela, Fantastic Country. The photos are just amazing. Thank you for the wonderful virtual visit.

    • Reply Daniela November 18, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Thank you so much Deven for your lovely comment. I’m really glad you enjoyed my post. 🙂

      Daniela

  • Reply Olga November 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Wow!This place looks amazing!Great post:-)

    http://www.lostindaydreams.com/

    • Reply Daniela November 27, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you Olga! Glad to hear that!

      Daniela

  • Reply Konstantina Antoniadou November 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    This place looks soooooo dreamy! I wish I could be there!
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

    • Reply Daniela November 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks so much! I wish you could be one day!

      Daniela

  • Reply Katya November 25, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I am so used to just chill on a vacation. I love radical activities and adventure. This will be part of my bucket list.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • Reply Daniela November 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      I love to hear that!

      Daniela

  • Reply Anouk November 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Lebanon as I love Lebanese food and I’ve only heard great things about Beirut. Hopefully I will get to go sometime soon.

    ANOUK

    • Reply Daniela November 27, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Anouk, I think the food itself is a strong motivation. 😀 But there are many beautiful places to explore too!

      Daniela

  • Reply Maryam November 25, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Wow so beautiful, would love to go one day to Libanon!

    • Reply Daniela November 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you will have an opportunity to go and you will enjoy that a lot!

      Daniela

  • Reply Kara Aragon November 26, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Wow! Such stunning photography. I very much enjoyed looking at all of these photos!

    Kara Aragon
    http://www.thekaragon.com

    • Reply Daniela November 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks so much Kara!

      Daniela

  • Reply Rita Gallegos November 27, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Loved all the photos! just amazing
    Gros bisous

    http://gallech.blogspot.com

    • Reply Daniela November 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Daniela

  • Reply Carmen November 27, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I think I’ve just found a new place for my bucket list! Those photos look absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much for showing us around a bit 🙂
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

    • Reply Daniela November 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you Carmen! I’m happy if I inspired you a bit. 🙂

      Daniela

  • Reply Ashley November 27, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Wow! What a dream babe!! this looks soo beautiful beyond words!! I would love to visit now!

    xxx

    Ashley

    http://www.missgunner.com

    • Reply Daniela December 12, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Thank you Ashly!

      Daniela

  • Reply Amy Arnold November 27, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    What beautiful photos!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply Daniela December 12, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Amy!

      Daniela

  • Reply Heather Noire November 28, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Such a beautiful set of photos! I love your style so much 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/11/old-world-charm-classic-elegance.html

  • Reply Mercy November 28, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Oh wow, this is the most scenic and interesting post I’ve seen of Lebanon. I’m glad I see it here in your blog. The sandstone buildings and the pink flowers are in strong but beautiful contrast. Your outfit suits well in this seaside city. I’ll show this post to hubby who’s thinking of visiting his homeland. Can’t wait for the second part dear!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • Reply Daniela December 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Thank you Mercy for such a compliment! I hope you will have the chance to explore Lebanon together with your husband. 🙂

      Daniela

  • Reply Steph November 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Ohhh <3 I actually love this post – your blog and images are spot on. Love this so much!!
    I love your top!! Where is it from?
    xoxo
    Steph
    http://www.stephyttravels.com

    • Reply Daniela December 12, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Thank you Steph for your kind comment. The top is from SheIn.

      Daniela

  • Reply ANGELEBABY December 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    your photos are amazing! obsessed with your top as well 🙂
    xx
    http://angelebaby.com

    • Reply Daniela December 12, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Thank you so much!

      Daniela

  • Reply Pierre March 26, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Salut Daniela,

    Can I Have your permission to post your photos on our Facebook page (JBEIL BYBLOS)?
    https://www.facebook.com/JBEIL.BYBLOS.Lebanon/

    Best Regards
    Pierre

    • Reply Daniela March 26, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Pierre,
      sure, you can post them. Just make sure to credit me and my page. Thank you!

      Daniela

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