As much as Cedars symbolizes Lebanon, Raouché is considered to be the landmark of Beirut. Nothing beats a jog along the scenic promenade that hugs the Mediterranean coast. It truly is a magnet to both locals and tourists’ hearts.
Feeling absolutely inspired by the natural beauty rising from the sparkling sea, I love spending late afternoons sitting at an outdoor café by the cliff-side, contemplating the landscape, and mostly, the people; the couples walking hand in hand, the children running around, the people training for the upcoming marathon, and of course, the fishermen…”
Most of us aspire to travel and explore what is out there, but we tend to forget what beautiful places lie hidden in our own country just waiting to be unfolded.
Sometimes, a smell or a taste awakens memories inside of us reviving beautiful moments and experiences that leave us in a state of pure joy. Every time I visit Lebanon, my ritual is to pass by Raouche to gaze at the sea and its blue horizon. After that, I usually cross the street to enjoy the best Lebanese ice-cream at Gelito; known to be the best after the Italian’s gelato. However, this time a man offered to take us around Raouche on his boat. We paid around $15 and it was such a beautiful ride. The wind made us laugh and the waves were hugging the boat and splashing us with refreshing sea water.
While the young fisherman was leading us to his recreational boat, I was surprised to see few fishermen living next to the rocky shore; they have apparently lived there for ninety years now. It aroused my curiosity to the point I read some articles about them and sadly, to my understanding, a few months ago, the government came with bulldozers. At first, the fishermen thought that they wanted to expand and renovate the port, but it turned out to be another of their big project to take over the entire Lebanese coast and turn it into one big luxurious resort. They protested that it’s their land, their sea, their way of living, and even stated that they have saved drowning people and they have nowhere else to go. Many were offered compensation and left, but that is not enough. What shall they do? Are they pushing them to steal? Aren’t all the reasons stated above enough to give them consideration? Their love for the land and sea really boils down to nothing?
Their words kept me thinking and reminded me, while heading back to the pedestrian walkway of Raouche, of a rewind life scene passing through my eyes like a ribbon film pictures. The old lady selling red beautiful roses, the photographer asking you to get a memorial picture of yourself with the Raouche scene behind, the mustached man resting on a bench selling sugar candies, the wooden cart that sells corn and beans squeezed in lemon and cumin strolling around, and where while crossing the streets, you can smell the gardenia scent from a man selling them in necklace-form to passing cars for people to wear or place on the rear view mirror of the car – giving out an amazing odor that lasts for days .These small details show you that some things are not meant to be changed, and each person contributing to his community is a puzzle piece needed to complete the picture .
The outfit can be portrayed as pride and support for our local designers. As for the gold glittery backpack, it was designed by the creative Lebanese designer, Cynthia Penikian, at CEE CODE; you can contact her via email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her instagram account ceecode (she provides worldwide shipping). I paired it with cute metallic golden shoes from Tod’s. I cannot justifiably explain how comfortable they are, and its color matches pretty much everything.
And as a reply to those asking me about my hat, I have customized it at bitsandpiecestogo, created by the talented Lebanese designer Alia Kabbani. You can contact her via email email@example.com and follow her instagram account bitsandpiecesto go (she provides worldwide shipping as well).
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Location: Raouché, Lebanon
Photos by: jorgehkhabbaz