We headed to the Cedars in North Lebanon, the vestigial remains of the once great forests which once cloaked the mountains of Lebanon. Exploited by Phoenicians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Israelites and Turks and Solomon procured cedar timber to build the Temple in Jerusalem, thankfully Emperor Hadrian claimed these forests as an imperial domain, and destruction of the cedar forests was temporarily halted. In 1876 Queen Victoria paid for a high stone wall to surround a 250 acre patch of saplings.
We opted for Bailey's instead of coffee and then enjoyed a walk and magnificent views. Mountains wearing white extending to the horizon, a pristine white landscape, peace.
Great day out!