We flew home via Paris, just had to take a picture of this wall.
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
They say that a visit to UAE is incomplete without a desert experience. Of course it is a must to do the dune bashing in a 4WD but it is not for the fainthearted! We also had the opportunity to drive the dune buggy, to ride the camels or do sand skiing. After all the different activities we had a beautiful sunset over the desert before we ended our evening in a bedouin camp with entertainment, henna painting and a nice meal.
Feb 25, 2011
Atlantis at The Palm is an enormous resort which boasts a fantastic water park, an aquarium, a dolphin habitat and several km of private, white beach. You could easily spend a whole day here, and I guess everybody in the family will have a great time. Check out more here
Feb 24, 2011
On Wednesday we hired a car and went to Abu Dhabi to see the fantastic Emirate Palace. Unfortunately we could not come in because we all were wearing shorts so we continued our journey to the world's first Ferrari theme park at Yas island. It is a heaven for the boys but also fun for the rest of the family. Taking the fastest roller coaster in the world felt at first like a nightmare but got better after the first 5 seconds of acceleration (up to 240 km/h).
Well worth to spend a day inside when the sun is to strong.
After our trip to "AT THE TOP" we sat down and had a drink at Joey's at Dubai Mall. The view from their terrasse over the 30-acre Dubai Fountain is amazing. And so was the water and music spectacle, which shoots water 150 meters into the air!
Feb 21, 2011
A boat trip on The Creek is a must if you first visit Dubai. Take a flat bottomed abra taxi or order a roundtrip with the traditional sailing vessel, dhow. Or just take a walk along the wharf and look at the colourful painted dhows just arrived from India, Iran and Oman being unloaded of their wares to the souqs.
We have been walking around in the old part of Dubai today. What a contrast from the posh and wealthy area where the hotels are located. Absolutely worth a visit, but be prepared if you go into the souqs. The salesmen are all around
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from a courtyard in the calm Bastakiya area
from a street in Bur Dubai
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
A new day and a new lunch with the girls! I know it has been often lately, but believe me, this is nothing that happens every week.
Anyway, we booked a table at glacis BY WENGÉ and the interior could fit right into my living room. Same tones of green, brown and earthy colours. But what I really liked was the "Mussel" plates from Royal Copenhagen. It is so nice to see this old pattern in a new modern version, and in new colours (not only in blue and white as my grandmother had).
And I of course loved the lamps made of champagne boxes!
Feb 15, 2011
I am planning a big party in March and would like to have this tablecloth from the Norwegian designer Kristine Bjaadal.
At first sight it looks like a ordinary damask tablecloth, but if you spill something, perhaps red wine, the nicest butterfly pattern will appear.
To bad that it is still a prototype and is yet not in commercial production.
Feb 14, 2011
Today I spent a couple of hours in "Sweden". Not really, but it felt like that. Had lunch with my Swedish friend at the stylish and cool boutique-café Konrad, in Rue de Nord. The interior (love the flower wallpaper), atmosphere and food have a real feeling and inspiration from Scandinavia. And in the fashion corner you'll find Swedish designer clothes. Could it be better??
Yes, I still miss the Swedish cinnamon buns.....