Jbeil Lebanon Middle East Travel

Travel Souvenirs from Around the World: Jbeil (Byblos), Lebanon

In some countries, it is customary for the locals to offer a parting gift to people who visit them. During a trip to Lebanon, we toured the archaeological sights of the coastal town of Jbeil, north of Beirut. The town is also known as Byblos and has been in existence for millennia. Today, it boasts the title as one of the oldest places on earth that have been continually inhabited.

After the sightseeing and meandering around the port, we perused the souvenir shops looking for a traditional item to take home when an accompanying friend presented us with this couple.

Lebanese couple

Meant to symbolise Mr G and I, the couple in traditional Lebanese costume was not only a parting gift but a memento of my fascination with the man’s trousers.

The shirwal, as it is called in Arabic, is a type of baggy black trouser that fits tight around the waist and the shins, often paired with a long sleeve shirt. This kind of traditional clothing is still worn in some remote villages in Lebanon usually by the elders. But don’t expect it to be a popular sight in the capital. Beirutis of all ages are far more at home in the latest designer outfits and accessories that rival many cities in Europe.

Every time I look at this couple, it takes me back in time.

Note: In the interests of disclosure, I should state that Mr G and I bear no resemblance to this couple.

Previous Travel Souvenirs from Around the World: Tokyo, Seoul, Big Island Hawaii, Dubai, Provence,Tahiti, Montmartre/Paris.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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