Friday, December 15, 2017


Lebanon took a turn in the latter part of November at the embassy series.

Inside, the visitor found a great deal of information on the country, and items of culture on display. I was surprised to find out the country has wineries- one of them was represented and was doing wine tasting. I tend to associate Lebanon as a desert country, but places like the Bekaa Valley are ideal for vineyards, and have been used for such for thousands of years. The red wine appealed to me.

This pairing of photographs particularly caught my eye.

The stage had been shifted for this event from its usual spot in the building, and a documentary film on the country was playing while I was here.

Here are more photographs from Lebanon. The last one, with performers amid the ancient ruins, really stood out.


  1. Nice looking crafts. WIneries? We have so many wineries in Virginia it's getting ridiculous.

  2. ...a country with a troubled history!

  3. The wine would be a treat but I'd also liked to have tried the coffee and tea. And it would be interesting to hear those drums played, too.

  4. I just learned that the singer Shakira is part Lebanese. This is my month to learn about Lebanon!


  5. @Linda: it was such a surprise.

    @Tom: but much potential.

    @Kay: I found it fascinating.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Janis: I didn't know that.

  6. I think we all have a wrong picture or idea of countries in other parts of the world now and then.

  7. Hello, what a nice exhibit for the country of Lebanon. I am surprised about the wineries too, they are popping up everywhere. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  8. That's the good thing about events like this William, you find out things about countries that you hadn't even imagined before ✨

  9. I also think of Lebanon being a more progressive state in the area. You show that they have a very rich culture.

  10. It's funny how we get these pictures in our head of a place we've never visited. I would think of it as desert too. I remember when I read an article about Lebanese wine. I was surprised.

  11. @Jan: that's true.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Grace: you certainly do.

    @Red: they do indeed.

    @Sharon: I was also surprised by the snow!

  12. I would have never thought of snow there!

  13. Wonderful display of Lebanese items and neat photography ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka A Creative Harbor

  14. Very interesting. We have so many misconceptions about far off countries---I find this tour delightful.

  15. I would love to try some Lebanese wine! I had no idea that they produced wine.

  16. An ancient culture with lots to offer!

  17. They have lots to offer that we never even knew about. Interesting about the wineries, never would have guessed that. So much more to learn and it's hard to believe there are some people who think they know it all. How clueless.
    Thanks for this fantastic tour and teaching lesson, William.

  18. I have read that Beirut has been described as the Paris of the Middle East and they do have a sizeable border with the Mediterranean sea.

  19. Very interesting to see this William, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  20. Lebanon is the land of cedars in the Bible. They did not come from a desert. Of course, the landscape has changed since then, but not completely. It is a complex society.

  21. I'd like to try Lebanese coffee.

  22. I've been told I have Lebanese roots. Must learn more....

  23. @RedPat: apparently so!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @MB: I did too.

    @SPAP: I didn't either.

    @Christine: indeed.

    @Bill: you're welcome.

  24. @Catalyst: I've seen that description in books.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Mari: that it is.

    @Jennifer: indeed.

    @Nancy: I did too.

    @Klara: strong, I think.

    @Norma: I don't see any in my past.