Lebanon is bordered by Syria, Israel and the Mediterranean. Lebanon used to be a jet-set Hollywood playground. The capital, Beirut, used to be known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’.  15 years of war from 1975 – 1990 made it a less popular destination.  To their credit, Lebanon took in 2 million of Syria’s 6 million refugees. (Turkey and Jordan took 2 million each as well). However Lebanon’s own population is only 6 million, so adding 2 million extra causes some tension. I spent a month in Lebanon’s Beeka Valley to volunteer with Syrain refugees living in tents for over six years.  Before returning home, I managed to visit some truly remarkable sights, forests and beaches throughout Lebanon as the photos below will show.