Another 39degree hot day of tourist attractions and feasting with Fleur and in the evening, Fleur and Pete.
The morning was spent at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital with a Jordanian guide who was a real character who you could have a laugh with. We learnt about 3 breeds of Falcons in UAE that come into the hospital for treatment. the Peregrine, the smallest of the 3 is found in NZ and they are the fastest when hunting travelling at 250khm. We got to hold the largest the Gyr which is very heavy to hold. We saw a falcon put out to have his claws cut and shaped. Some Emirates have as many as 13 Falcons in their homes and they are their pride and joy. Des and I then dressed up in Candoras and Abayas for photos with a Falcon.
At night, we went to dinner at Shangri La Qayat Al Beri a very flash hotel where we went down to the poolside for a BBQ meal to watch the sunset go down over the water. Across the water we watched the sunset on the Sheikh ayes Grand Mosque which we had been to on Mother's Day. the lighting system around the Mosque is incredible (which we had seen when there) and we then saw the amazing effects from sunset how this beautiful white marble building gradually turns blue as the sun sinks and it then looks like the moon in shining on it.
We then walked along the water front to the Souk Mall. This was another really wonderful area that made you realise how you are not in a western culture presently. Fleur then bought me a silk wrap with hand embroidered flowers all over it. I must remember to never admire something so precious or expensive again, when I am with Fleur.
Home in another taxi. They are airconditioned and cheap here so it's easier to travel this way. We have never travelled in so many taxis before and thankfully, MOST of the drivers a good although they are on their cell phones most of the time while travelling at up to 120kmh amongst cars in 5 lane highways where no one indicates. There are also so very large bends in the road where you travel around almost a full circle, a huge speed making you feel like bring in up your last huge meal you have eaten.
We are loving this whole eastern experience though and thanks to Fleur and Pete we are really seeing the sites. The heat is the only drawback but mostly, we are in airconditioned areas.