Hammana Artist House: A New Lease of Life

Hammana artist house in blue font

Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan It is no wonder the late French poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine was enraptured by the pristine village of Hammana during the 19th century. Situated at 1,200 meters above sea level, Hammana is in a lush valley that overlooks a dramatic mountain range. As far as the eye […]

Let Us Do a Digital Detox This Season

 Let us do a digital detox this season. The good thing about the digital era is that people are expressing more than at any time before; people are writing, reading and reaching out more than ever. The advantages of digital media are tremendous, especially its exponential effect. Each story has the potential to go viral. […]


A new buzz of storytelling has hit Montreal. With a Lebanese flavor that ignites a longing for the HOMEland, this activity promotes attachment to HOME. We see a sparkle in the eyes of the children and their parents, the reading of the story begins. These are tales about the country they left behind; they awaken […]

Bou Samih’s Memory: Back to the ’20s

  Grandparents are always nostalgic about the old days; they share past stories with pride; they talk about friendship, unity, generosity, and prowess. I was always intrigued by this passion; what is it that makes them attached to old memories? Have you ever wondered as well what life was like 93 years ago? What were […]

Bed and Breakfast: Showcasing the Authentic Lebanon

  The provision of Bed & Breakfast is a rising trend in Lebanon. It offers tourists, or even locals, a glimpse of the country’s exceptional culinary, historical and social heritage. Photos by: Natheer Halawani, Diaa Arfan, Rene Schulthoff, Leia Gorra and Paul Gorra, One of the most unique things about Lebanon is its distinct human […]

Saint Barbara

December 3, 7 pm: a knock on the door, disguised children, holding a bag and repeating this popular song: “bessiyeh berbara wel kameh bel mghara”. The mother or anyone in the house would offer them some Lebanese desert (zalabia, macaron, kataif achta and raw nuts), cookies, candies, chocolate, and if they are lucky, some money. […]