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A Day in Byblos

Every single time I visit Byblos, I conclude it’s one of my favorite places in Lebanon. Just knowing I’ll be spending a day or weekend in this lovely city makes me smile. I go there quite often and at any time of year. See, what’s great about this city is that it’s beautiful during all seasons.

In winter, a walk in the fresh and crisp winter air after lunch or right before dinner is the most favorable pick-me-up. Head up the beautiful alley from the main port and take a walk around the old Souk, then sit down for a cuppa’ in one the local coffee shops.

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byblos | breadonbutter

Head to the Byblos Citadel and absorb its architecture. You can then hurry to Byblos Sur Mer, the loveliest hotel, for a nice and cozy dinner by the chimney. You can even spend the night there in one of their charming rooms with the fluffiest bed ever.

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Byblos Sur Mer is not only a hotel. You can have lunch or dinner at Tournesol, their indoor restaurant during wintertime and relax by the chimney. Instead of getting a snowy view, you get to admire the sea during winter, which I’ve always found fascinating. We did exactly that 2 weeks ago and got a long reinvigorating weekend. We felt warm, relaxed and ready to face our busy lives again.

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View from Byblos Sur Mer

During Christmas time, you can also enjoy the decorations and one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in the world according to the Wall Street Journal. You can check the link here

In spring, you can do the same walk but also enjoy the flower market that takes place in the souk around March, and grab a chocolate crepe or frank’s hot dog for street food.

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Summer is also wonderful in Byblos, as you get to relax and have a delicious mezzeh and fish lunch by the sea at Dar el Azrak. Great fish, the smell of the sea, and then later on take a walk and watch the sunset right before heading to one of the concerts going on during Byblos Festival season. I will be sharing the festival calendar in due time.

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In fall, the weather gets cooler, you enjoy the end of summer without the heat and the crowd.

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Byblos Sur Mer is a really great hotel, where the staff is friendly, the interior is so cozy you’ll want to do the same at home, and the food is worthy. You get to enjoy the benefits of a hotel and yet feel like in a guesthouse, welcomed with open arms every time.

The excellent news is: Breadonbutter Readers, you get a discount at Byblos Sur Mer!

Whether it’s for lunch or dinner at Tournesol or Dar el Azrak, or even a night in, just use the code “BOB” to get your 15% discount. To benefit from this offer, all you have to do is email Mona Mounzer before heading there on mona.mounzer@byblossurmer.com for all reservations (don’t forget the code: BOB). The offer is valid till March 31rst, upon availability. 

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You can check their website on this link.

Don’t forget to tag @breadonbutter_ on social media when you’re there and snap a picture! 🙂

Places, Things To Do, Travel, Weekend 0 comments on Where to Cozy Up By The Fireplace This Winter

Where to Cozy Up By The Fireplace This Winter

Unlike last winter, this one promises to be cold and rainy. Unsurprisingly,  everyone seems happy about it. After all, we needed the water and we all miss going skiing on weekends and splurging on Fondue dinners at night in front of a cool fireplace. Over the years, we have explored a lot of cozy places with nice chimneys. So to give you ideas on what to do and where to go this winter, here’s a first list of some of the best fireplaces in town.

Lola – Bikfaya – Lebanon

Located in the heart of the mountains, Lola is a warm restaurant with a magnificent view that opens its doors in summer and winter. For spicy lovers, I strongly suggest their special spicy fondue. You won’t regret it!

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Byblos Sur Mer – Jbeil – Lebanon

This cozy hotel holds a special place in my heart as that’s where we got married a year ago. With a view over the great Byblos port, they also offer a comfy place to sit and relax by the chimney. Grab a book, order a nice hot cocoa and read the day away.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

La Maison de la Forêt – Bkassine – Lebanon

Ideal for a weekend away in summer and winter, La Maison de la Forêt is the perfect hideaway. Snuggle with family around their fireplace and enjoy Tawlet Bkassine’s food.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

La Gargote – Broumana – Lebanon

One of the rare authentic bistrots in the country, La Gargote‘s atmosphere has always stayed true to itself. Head there for a nice Soupe à l’Oignon and enjoy the crackles of the chimney wood in the background.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Ristorante La Traviata – Gemmayze – Lebanon

For the ultimate urban winter experience, you must try La Traviata‘s grilled chestnuts! The best thing about it all is that you get to sit outside with your coat still on, sipping wine and eating bits of parmesan cheese. It’ll be up and running by Monday so hurry up and book a table.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Pierre and Friends – Batroun – Lebanon

If you just can’t get away from the sea for long, Pierre and Friends‘ fireplace is the place to be.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Shangrilla – Laqlouq – Lebanon

For a quiet weekend with board and card games, head to Shangrilla Hotel in Laqlouq and relax by the fireplace. They also just launched their fondue and raclette menu so you’re in for a nice treat.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

I hope you enjoyed the list and I’d love to know your feedback if you try any of the places! Any other fireplaces suggestions?

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Things To Do, Travel, Weekend 0 comments on A Day in Beiteddine

A Day in Beiteddine

Summer weekends in Lebanon are full of packed itineraries. Groups of friends discuss the weekend all week and brainstorm ideas for new things to do and new places to visit. The possibilities are many for such a small country. And that’s because trends are all we follow. The present trend is B&Bs and swimming pools (for us at least).

This weekend, I suggest you drive to Beiteddine, one of the most beautiful towns in Lebanon. There are 2 places I’d recommend there: Bouyouti for a nice sleep and amazing breakfast by the pool, and Mir Amine for a Sunday lunch and also the possibility to laze by the pool.

Bouyouti is nestled in one of the most beautiful valleys ever. The rooms are beautifully decorated with carefully chosen furniture to give the whole space a homey feel. Breakfast is delicious and you can enjoy the pool an beautiful weather before heading to lunch at Mir Amine where a huge buffet is laid out on weekends and you get to listen to live instrumental Arabic music. Here are some pictures:

Bouyouti’s garden and pool:
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The lovely detailed decoration of Bouyouti’s rooms:

 

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And Mir Amine:

 

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Mir Amine

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