Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
That's right - just 48 hours and change until the start of Ramadan! No eating, no drinking - at all, even water - during daylight for 30 days. As you can imagine, that makes for some cranky people at about noon - low blood sugar, no water, and tired from the night before. But don't worry - all offices close at 3pm during Ramadan :) Don't believe me? Here's the wikipedia for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Don't forget to watch the video: http://picasaweb.google.com/matthew.mueller/SharjahFishing0808/photo#5235605481182504530
And the day victorious, the men then travelled back to their caves to prepare dinner for the women. As always, the full photograph evidence is available here: http://picasaweb.google.com/matthew.mueller/SharjahFishing0808
Overall, it was a great day, with your typical brunch fixin's (though I hesitate to call any brunch typical): champagne. Oh, and some sort of food stuffs put out by the hotel - I didn't really make it past the mashed potatoes myself :)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The fountain display is set to music, and it seems that my red umbrella, emblazoned with the word 'Paris' on it about a hundred times, decided that it wanted to dance along. Within seconds of stepping outside it began rhythmically turning inside out and back again, so violently that 2 of the prongs broke with it. Matt and I tried to right the wrong while standing there getting drenched in the gardens, but it was no use, the umbrella was rendered useless. At one critical moment I actually threw it on the ground in desperation but I didn't think looking down on me that Louis XIV would be too pleased with my littering!
Thankfully the ladies in Dubai have showed me a thing or too about style, my trusty pashmina converted into the perfect head wrap. Next time we need to spend more on umbrellas and less on eclairs!
Watch the desperation here:
In front of Our Lady, Notre Dame.
Climbing the Tour EiffelAll those stairs make you hungry! Good thing we had lunch reservations at the Eiffel Tower's Altitude 95 restaurant. (I'll let you guess how high up it is...hint, it's in the name, in meters of course).The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Sadly, they didn't have any reservations available for an upcoming wedding!We got our fill of Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Picasso and the like; Matt in the atrium of the Musee d'Orsay.
On our way to the Moulin Rouge!Man those girls can kick! We were surprised with front row seats to watch the glamorous (and scantily clad) ladies - no pictures allowed inside, I wonder why?!
On the Champs Elysees in front of the Arc de Triomphe
Enjoying the scene at Sacre Coeur, we climbed all the way to the top of the tallest dome.At the top of Notre Dame, my favorite gargoyle, ever contemplating, in front of the Pompidou
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Drinking from Onofrio fountain. The water comes pure strait from the ground, you can see people having a drink or refilling water bottles all day.
The view from our apartment window, St. Blaise church and Luza Square