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    Smoking coutry

    by xaver Written Dec 30, 2003

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    Finally!
    Finally a country where you can smoke in airport, bars, restaurants, hotels and taxis.
    Here you do not have to ask if smoking is possible as tables are full of ashtreys!
    awfully not in the flyghts, but it was just a 3 hours and half trip, so I could resist:-)

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    Jillab drink!

    by DunaKal Updated Sep 17, 2009

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    This is a drink made from grape molasses and raisens mixed together and topped with pine nuts.
    a drink is favored specially on a Ramadan breakfast.
    Here is a picture of my glass of Jillab drink,but blended with ice.
    usually it`s a darker colour when it`s not mixed with ice ;-)
    enjoy~!

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    EAT TABBOULE`

    by sarrahh Written May 26, 2005

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    Lebanon's traditional culinary art combined with the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables make eating out an adventure. Restaurants specializing in Lebanese food are found everywhere and in all of them you will be invited to try the famous hors-d'oeuvres known as mezze. A good mezze has 30 or 40 dishes, but feasts with as many as 100 dishes have been recorded. It's wise to dedicate an entire afternoon to the authentic Lebanese lunch. Some delicacies are always present in a mezze, including the internationally known tabboule salad. You will also find hommos-a chickpea purée with sesame paste and babaganouj -a dip made of roasted eggplant, sesame paste, lemon and garlic.Kibbeh Nayeh - fresh raw lamb pounded with ground wheat and seasoned with onion, mint, pepper and salt is also a favorite.

    The mezze is usually served without cutlery, for the traditional flat round Arab bread is both fork and spoon. This substantial appetizer course is often accompanied by arak but Lebanon also produces some excellent beers and wines that go just as well.

    For the main course one can try farrouj meshwi - chicken broiled over charcoal and served with a garlic sauce, kafta meshwiyye, minced lamb mixed with finely chopped onion and parsley and broiled on skewers over charcoal or shawarma - slices of highly seasoned lamb cooked on a slow revolving spit. Mehshi - vegetables such as small squash, cabbage leaves, grape leaves, and peppers stuffed with chopped meat, rice and pine nuts is another favorite.

    By the seashore you can get excellent grilled fish, while cool riverside restaurants in the mountains often specialize in fresh trout.

    Pastries in Lebanon are flavored with honey, butter, pistachio nuts or almonds

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    The Lebanese National Anthem

    by MalenaN Updated Oct 6, 2003

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    The Lebanese National Anthem was adopted in 1927 and is written by Rachid Nakhlé (lyrics) and Wadih Sabra (music).

    Koullouna Lilouatann Lil'oula Lil'a Lam,
    Milo'ay Nizzaman Sayfouna Oual Kalam,
    Shlouna Oualjabal Manbi Tonn Lirrijal,
    Kaoulouna Oual' Amal Fisa bilil Kamal.
    Koullouna Lilouatann Lil' Oula Lil 'Alam,
    Koullouna Lilouatann.

    Chaykhouna Oualfata Indasaoutil Oua Tann
    Ousdou gha Bin Mata Saouarat Nalfitann
    Charkouna Kalbouhou Aba Dann Loubnane
    Sanahou Rab Bouhou Limadal Azmane.
    Koullouna Lilouatann Lil' Oula Lil 'Alam,
    Koullouna Lilouatann.

    Bahrouhou Barrouhou Dourratouchchar Kain
    Rildouhou Birrouhou Malioul Koutbain
    Ismouhou 'Izzouhou Moun Zou Kanal Joudoude
    Majdouhu Arzouhou Ramzouhou Lilkhouloude
    Koullouna Lilouatann Lil' Oula Lil 'Alam,
    Koullouna Lilouatann.

    All of us! For our Country, for our Flag and Glory!
    Our valour and our writings are the envy of the ages.
    Our mountains and our valleys, they bring forth stalwart men.
    And to Perfection all our efforts we devote.
    All of us! For our Country, for our Flag and Glory!

    Our Elders and our children, they await our Country's call:
    And on the Day of Crisis they are as Lions of the Jungle.
    The heart of our East is ever Lebanon:
    May God preserve her until end of time.
    All of us! For our Country, for our Flag and Glory!

    The Gems of the East are her land and sea.
    Throughout the world her good deeds flow from pole to pole.
    And her name is her glory since time began.
    Immortality's Symbol- the Cedar- is her Pride. All of us! For our Country, for our Flag and Glory!

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    Don't carry your bread in your hands...

    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 30, 2004

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    Don't carry your bread in your hands... carry it on your wrist, as if it were a bracelet. As soon as I saw this piece of bread I fell in love with it: round and with a large hole in the middle - suits even the bigger wrists. It's called ka`ik, it's sold by street vendors about everywhere, it costs very little and... it's delicious!

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    Mercedeses and sheets

    by MalenaN Updated Oct 3, 2003

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    The most common car in Lebanon should be the Mercedes. At least almost all taxises are Mercedes cars. This car is standing on a street in Manara, western Beirut.
    People living in the house behind have put big sheets over the windows for protection from the sun.

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    Meet and Greet

    by Cham Written Jan 26, 2006

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    The Lebanese have also made an art of out meeting and greeting.

    It's a lengthy process with a lot of polite conversation before the actual point of talking to that person gets discussed... the problem is, sometimes the niceties go on for so long by the time you get around to talking about what you intended to, you cannot remember what it was you were supposed to be talking about.

    It's always polite to say hello (aallou) if you catch someone's eye in passing. But if speaking to someone that you've met before or even a friend of a friend... or a friend of a friend of a friend's cousins uncles newphew twice removed... always start the conversation by asking how they are, how's their family? are they in good health... a compliment never goes amiss... and talk about what they've been doing etc... how's work...

    this even applies in business... if you are just calling someone to ask about something business related... YOU MUST! go through the process first otherwise the other person will think "who is this rude person"

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    money

    by Cham Written Apr 11, 2006

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    Money money money, looks so funny... in an arab world...

    in lebanon you can use both US dollars and lebanese lira (pounds) which are held at the exchange rate of 1500LL to 1 USD. It sounds complicated right? well at first you may get a little confused but eventually it becomes second nature to work out...

    Try and work out your change before you get it so if they give you LL or USD you know how much you should be getting, what will really get you though is when they give you a mixture of the two!

    Many of the Prices and Bills for restaurants will come with both LL and USD on them and so you can pay in either without having to work it out.

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    Turkish coffee??NOPES,,its Lebanese!!

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 24, 2005

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    Some Lebanese might get offended when you refer their local coffee to the Turkish coffee,(my mom is one of them)
    To me it`s the same,,only naming is different.,however the Lebanese insist that it`s called Lebanese coffee....

    But anyways this is a must have drink and some people believe if you finish your coffee the flip the cup upside down on the saucer you can have somebody read your fortune:-S

    You will be offered Lebanese coffee almost everywhere you go,it`s considerd the national drink,locals will offer this drink when you visit them at home.

    To me it tastes a bit like esspresso only thicker in texture,Lebanese boil few times before serving it,to add some bitterness to the taste.

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    Olives on every table!

    by DunaKal Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    A must have on each breakfast,lunch and dinner table are the olives,you can offer nothing for your guests for dinner but the olives HAS to be there on the table,it`s something Lebanese are very proud of having,or even if the table is full of great food,,,,yet if no olives,,the table is not complete!

    The Lebanese olives(green or black)are a little bitter but very tasty.

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    Visas on Arrival to Lebanon

    by miso80 Updated Mar 2, 2006

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    1 - The citizens of the following states are given a direct 3 month renewable multiple entry visa:
    Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Great Britain, Switzerland, Norway, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Andorra, Japan, South Korea ,Cyprus, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Malta, Iceland, Chile, Brazil, Argentine, Venezuela, Mexico, China, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Liechtenstein.

    2 - The citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, their families, servants and chauffeurs are given a 3 months renewable visa.

    These countries are: (Saudi-Arabia, Kuwait, The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman).

    - A 6 month Renewable visa is also given to foreign and Arab children under 15 of age who are traveling with their Lebanese mother.

    - A 6 month Renewable visa is also given to Arab and foreign diplomats and their servants.

    3 - The Citizens of the following countries are given a direct passport according to department rules:
    Russia, Byelorussia, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Czech, Bosnia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland Hungary, Herzegovina, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Croatia.

    Fees
    ******
    - Entry permit for a period not exceeding 48 hours: Free of charge.
    Entry permit for a period between 48 hours and 15 days: 25000 LP (Lebanese Pounds or Lebanese Lira).

    - Stay irrespective of its validity period and for a single entry: 50000 LP.
    For a double entry 75000 LP.
    For a triple and above 100000 LP.

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    Byblos Chicks

    by dr.firas Written Sep 11, 2003

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    This is the tip which many friends are waiting to know about!
    but now I'll explain more!
    you could ask once seeing all my Chicks tips!
    Doc...Why the hell you take only the photo of their Backs!
    OK I'll explain:
    First: I like the Backs LOL
    second:please don't forget the Chicks "however they look friendly and opened" to let you take a photo of their faces just like this!
    Yeah it is like this here!
    I asked them many times in a very polite and friendly tone and with a big smile:
    Lady can I have a photo please of you if you would not mind!
    and they say always:
    No please thanks!
    Ok what can I do , right I have to photograph their great Back view LOL

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    Gebran Khalil Gebran!

    by dr.firas Updated Nov 16, 2003

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    Oh now that is one of my hero's and great example!
    the famous Lebanese Philosopher and writer and artist Gebran Khalil Gebran!
    he lived his life in U.S.A and wrote many great books such as:
    The prophet
    Madman
    and other wonderful thoughts and poems!
    he is a real genius which every Middle Eastern citizen and Arab is very proud of!
    I am! :-)

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    Chicks

    by dr.firas Written Sep 14, 2003

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    Oh I have to tell and assure that I liked the chicks of Zahle, they are really very sexy.
    Hee hee more even than the Beirut chicks!!!
    Yeah why not it happens that a small city has more beauties than the main capital,
    And that is my opinion after I saw the chicks of Lebanon and compared them!
    Yeah zahle’s chicks are really something.

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    Bardouni River

    by dr.firas Written Sep 14, 2003

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    The Bardouni River is the famous river of all the region of Bekaa and it is running and passing through Zahle and making it another beautiful green city in Lebanon!
    Also people and tourists enjoy the beautiful views near the River in the cafés and restaurants placed on the River side.

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