Lebanon is located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south. I stayed a few weeks in the capital Beirut, in its heydays referred to as "Paris of the Middle East". Having Beirut as a base, I went on several day trips to the countryside by car, admiring the beautiful mountains and cedar forests. From Beirut, we drove north east to Beqaa valley, Lebanon's most important farming region. We visit one of the many cedar reserves and from there we crossed the mountains going further north to Baalbek, renowned for its monumental temple ruins of the Roman period.