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рядом с Bnahrâne, Liban-Nord (Lebanon)
The hike started from a little village in Koura county called Bnahran. From Bahran the group moved to Metrit (abother little village) passing by St. John Capella (Mar Youhanna) on the top of a hill in the middle of nowhere. from Metrit we came to a cliff with a 360 degrees view of Northern Lebanon (see the anti mountains, the surrounding valleys, Tripoli, and the Mediterranean). From the cliff we took a steep rocky stairway to the Bird river (Al Asfour river) where we had our lunch break. After lunch the hiking expedition went up a dirt road to reach another sleepy village Zgharta El Metoule ( a small town of 300 inhabitants) and on to our destination the town of Hardine. Hardine is the first village in Lebanon to convert to Christianity from Roman paganism; it is also the home of St. Neamtallah Kassab Al Hardini - a Maronite monk.
The hike had great scenery and landscape; the river had many surprises for us, especially how the water sculpted the rocks along its route.
It was an easy hike full of visual pleasures and fresh air. I recommend it to all.