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Month: December 2017

Where would you like to Gnu?

Wadi Shab, Oman

Wadi Shab is a fantastic place to visit.  You will need gook hiking shoes for this as its very rocky.  If going during the months of June to September, ensure you have plenty of water and a sun hat and sunscreen. My hike started with a 2 minutes boat trip and I was dropped off…
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Morrocan bath time at Alf Leila Wa Leila, Abu Hail

I don’t venture into this part of town often as it’s quite out of my way.  However, when a colleague recommended this place as an authentic Moroccan bath experience I was keen to try it.  I chose the Royal Hamam package.  On arrival I was given a morrocan tea as I waited for my treatment…
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Red carpet event of the Dubai Film Festival

I attended Day 2 of the festivals with a couple of friends.  We watched the Orchestra Play, a French Arabic movie about a vilolinist who takes on the task of teaching a group of underprivileged children the violin to perform at the Philharmonic.  The movie was good so I didn’t mind reading the subtitles.  I…
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Breakfast at Maison Mathis

Mostly frequented by expats.  Every time I’ve eaten here the food has been consistently good, so hats off to the chef for that.    However, the service is very poor and the waiters tend to ignore or avoid eye contact and at this visit it was no different.  Our request for the food to be…
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Fanø, Denmark

There was a time I would regularly visit Fanø in Denmark, a tiny little island with a Scandinavian tranquillity I doubt can be paralleled by many other places in Europe. This isn’t the kind of destination you’d want to go to if you like a lot of activities, but if you’re after a quiet getaway…
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The Bridge Hotel Greenford UK

“Warm inviting hotel for a business overnight, bookable a week in advance with great rates, sky tv in the bar with live football and a good selection of beers and lagers, food good also” Situated off the A40 we are next to the flyover into/out of London. Tube and Trains: Greenford and Greenford South, The…
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Take That Dubai concert

My friend and I went to Take That in the Media City Amphitheater and were not disappointed. We spent all night on our favorite band that Jason was missing today. Mark, Howard and Garry kept the crowd alive all night. Except for the band, the location was simply stunning, everywhere was the amazing view of…
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The Slave Market Museum, Stone Town, Zanzibar

This trip was both sad and fascinating to learn how the locals were kept as prisoners awaiting a fate of slavery in tiny rooms with little to none ventilation.  At the museum there is a comprehensive explanation of the slave trade the beginning and end of which heavily involved Britain.  There are many stories of…
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The Rock, Zanzibar

If you are in Zanzibar with a loved one do get them to take you to The Rock.  They serve up some good sea food. Although the food is not out of this world, it was good and the setting and location of this restaurant makes it worth putting on top of your list of…
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A vegetarian evening at Kamat restaurant

When I turned up at Kamat with a friend I did not expect this unassuming restaurant to serve up such delicious Indian food.  I was more surprised when I realized the kebabs I was eating were vegetarian as was everything on the menu.  For starters we had the clear vegetable soup, followed by the harabara…
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