Monday, July 23, 2007


About 2 weeks ago we left desert in favour of more temperate climates. We flew Royal Brunei, stopping in Brunei for about 3 hrs. We rushed off on a city tour so we could see the sites and hear the sounds of Bandar Seri Begawan. My photos are a bit crappy so I wont put any on. It was quite beautiful with lush rainforest all around, but we have to say there wasn't much going on there!
We flew from there on to Sydney, where we stopped for a few nights. We decided to do the BridgeClimb which takes you right up the Sydney Harbour bridge and gives amazing views of the city.

This is actually from the pylon on the edge of the bridge, we climbed much higher. I've got a great pic from up top but I need to scan it in.

We headed off on a ferry after to have a look at Taronga Zoo. Those poor animals it was so cold!Here are four of the primates.....

The seal show was excellent, it's amazing they can follow such simple movements to perform their tricks. Maybe I could train my next class like that?

The zebras and giraffes are always a favourite as they have a great view of the city behind them.

That's the end of that!

We are in Tas now, we have just spent a few days on the East Coast and the weekend with Rach and Ed in Hobart. Back to Launceston today to try and catch up with all Zadok's friends and family before he returns to Dubai.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Desert Safari

I've not posted so much from Jen's visit but I thought it was worth going back in time to put these on. We headed off on Desert Safari like any good tourist should.

Your driver comes and picks up from your house in the afternoon and we headed off to the red sands of the Dubai desert.

I've done a safari before but I must say this one was better, we had a great driver who was dtermined to hit the biggest dunes at the highest speed, much squealing was happening!

We atopped at a camel farm where there were hundreds of camels, lots of baby ones aswell! This camel was particularly friendly ad quite happy to have his photo taken.

When you get to camp they have shwarma and other arabic food, you can smoke shisha, we rode a camel and had henna on our ankles. It's a great way to tick a lot of your Arabian tick boxes! I had a go at belly dancing and we tried on the abaya etc.... It's very, very hot under there!

This is me signing off for a bit, Zadok and I fly for Australia early on Sunday morning. We should be back in Tasmania on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Le Meridien Al Aqah

So it's officially summer in Dubai. Temperatures are above 30 at ALL times (even at night) and humidity is often bad.
A group of us decided to celebrate the end of the school year and escape the heat and booked into the Le Meridien Al Aqah on the East Coast, in Fujeirah.
It takes about 1 1/2 hours to get there, depending on how many exits you check along the way... It's well known for it's stunning backdrop, the Hajar Mountains and it's location on the Indian Ocean.

Here we are enjoying the swim up bar, Me, Mel, Muriel and Julia. We spent most of our time in the pool and why not when it looks like this!

We spent pretty much the rest of the time eating/drinking.

Chilling in the room before dinner.

Delicious dinner in 'Taste' the Thai restaurant.

We were VERY sorry to have to leave! Back to Australia on Sunday. See you soon!

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