There has always been something magical about Jdeidet Marjeyoun, at least for us children, when driving with our parents to their hometown. Its geographical location at the borders has made it less attractive at times, especially for non- Marjeyounees and tourists alike. But not for us! Born and raised in Beirut, we loved spending our summer holidays in this idyllic town tucked in the southeast corner of Lebanon.
The name says it all: marj (plain) and ‘youn (springs); Marjeyoun area is a serene place blessed with open expanses, rolling hills, fertile plains, abundant water and green pastures. First time visitors are not only stunned by the untouched and picturesque landscape in the area, but also struck by the architectural beauty of the old and new houses in jdeidet Marjeyoun and the neighbouring villages.
I had the privilege to stay in Marjeyoun for longer periods while I was working on my cookbook in 2014 and 2015. Although I knew Marjeyoun since my early childhood, I was stunned myself by its natural beauty, and was again thankful to my parents for implanting in us this deep love for this small paradise we proudly call home. Mount Hermon is only one example for this gorgeousness! Changing colours in different seasons and at different times of the day, Mount Hermon became my favourite motif, as you will notice in the photos below.
Join me on this small trip from the Litani River up to Marjeyoun, and enjoy some breathtaking scenery!
A few houses from Marjeyoun
A small selection of old houses I photographed while working on my cookbook. Many ancestral homes are being restored and many new houses are being built, attracting people again after a long period of isolation in the 80s and 90s. All houses have their balconies and terraces facing Mount Hermon.
My favourite motif, Mount Hermon