Sunday, January 11, 2009

and we walked and walked and walked....

Good morning from Doha! it is a wonderful morning, sunny and cool. It should be another great day in this beautiful city. I will fill you in a little about our day yesterday as I was too tired last night to update the blog. In fact, we got home from dinner and i went right to sleep at about 10:30, it was a looooonnnng day.

In the morning we went to the rug guy Mohammed and picked out a rug for our house. We decided on a rug to hang on the wall so we have to go back today and pick it up, he was going to add some loops to it so we can hang it and package it up so we can bring it home and not have to worry about it.

We then went to the Villagio, a really high end mall, reminiscint of the Venetian Hotel in Vegas. it has some of the really high end stores in the world, an ice skating rink and an actual canal with Gondolas right in the mall. Kind of fun! We walked around for a while and Denny our host actually was able to get his car washed in the parking lot for like 3 bucks! While we shopped! Why doesn't this happen in the states I will never know!

After the mall, we stopped and grabbed some falafel at a local food stand and took our lunch to the Corniche for a little picnic. Denny dropped us off at this park that is right on the Persian Gulf and we lunched on our flafel overlooking the West Bay part of Doha and the museum we visited the day before. The Corniche is a 7km long walkway that runs along the water. There a dhows (traditional fishing/pearl diving boats) and trees and flowers all along the path. It runs from the museum to the Sheraton hotel on the peninsula and is a really nice long stroll. We started walking and taking lots of pictures and walked all the way to the museum and decided we would go back to the Souq we were at the day before for a drink. We sat for a while and enjoyed the afternoon and then got to do some bargaining. The vendors here expect that you haggle for the wares and i enjoyed talking them down on price for a few items that we bought.

About this time the sun was going down and it was time to find our way back to the Villa. Although we were expecting to grab a taxi, none were to be found. So we started walking, and walking and walking some more. We ended up walking the entire Corniche again and getting to the Sheraton hotel where our luxurious Jaguar taxi took us back to the Villa. It was a great experience, but we were tired!!

Once we got back, it was time to eat and we hopped in Denny's car and went to Bakura a really wonderful Indian restaurant. The fun thing about this restaurant is that it is right next to the Tennis stadium and we just happened to pull up as the final match of the Qatar Open was letting out. Apparently Murray beat Nadal, but who knows....i don't follow tennis much. It was a little hectic finding a parking spot but once we did and made it into the restaurant, it was really great food!

So that's pretty much how the day went, as i mentioned earlier, i was pretty tired and went straight to sleep after we got home. I hadn't slept a lot the night before I think the time change was really playing with me. But i got a great 10 hours of sleep, one of my favorite past times!! Today it's off to pick up our rug, get massages and see the Qatar Philharmonic in concert! Tomorrow...we hit the sand dunes!!! Bye for now!


  1. Just got back from Snowbird yesterday in time to see the Ravens beat the Titans 13 - 10 in a very exciting game, that was decided in the last minute.
    We had a ton of snow all week. Fun to ski in the powder, but not fun to not be able to see where you're skiing because of the snow.

    Glad you're having a great time.


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