On the 8th of July, The Lebanese Press Club together with Shouf Nature Reserve have organized a FAM trip for the media representatives to Shouf Caza. The main aim of the trip was to familiarize the participants with Shouf, and to plant a Cedar tree in Al Barouk Cedar Forest.

In particular, the program included a visit to Mir Amin Palace Hotel, Atelier Assaf,  Al Barouk Cedar Forest and lunch at Cezar’s Guesthouse in Barouk.

 

1st stop: Mir Amin Palace hotel, Beiteddine

Mir Amin Palace is Lebanon’s best example of early 19th century Lebanese architecture, was built by Emir Bechir El Chehab II also known as Emir Bashir the Great (1767-1850) for his son the Prince Amin.

The delightful architecture and greenery of Mir Amin Palace is a miniature copy of Beitedine Palace.Emir Bashir the Great had built a Palace for each of his three sons, Qassim, Khalil and Amin.

2nd stop: Atelier Assaf, Al Warhaniyeh

Atelier Assaf Al Warhaniyah, the three brothers – Assaf, Mansour and Aref – are natural-born sculptors, passing down a heritage of carving stone through the generations. They initially took the profession from their father Kamil Assaf and have since developed it through the appreciation of ratios, dimensions, and the aesthetic standards of architecture and artistic sculpturing.

3rd stop: Barouk Cedar Forest

The largest of Lebanon nature reserves, Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve stretches from Dahr Al-Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. blanketed with oak forests on its northeastern slopes and juniper and oak forests on its southeastern slopes the reserves most famous attractions are its three magnificent cedar forests of Maasser Al-Shouf, Barouk Cedar Forest and Ain Zhalta – Bmohary .

These Cedar forests account for a quarter of the remaining cedar forest in Lebanon , and some tress are estimated to be 2,000 years old. The size of the reserve makes it a good location for the conservation of medium size mammals such as the wolf and the Lebanese jungle cat, as well as various species of mountain and plants.

 

Final stop: Cezar’s guesthouse (for lunch)

Cezar’s GuestHouse is set in Al Bārūk village, in the Shouf area. It is a great getaway for friends and family, especially if you are a nature lover. You can either be accommodated in a villa that features  a terrace and free WiFi. The villa is located on the ground floor and has 4 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with an oven. Or you can be accomodated in one of Cezar’s bungalows that are shattered in the beautiful ecofriedly garden.