Despite the impersonal look of those iconic buildings, Dubai is an accessible and surprisingly friendly city. December was a good month to go with temperatures similar to a really hot summer’s day in UK and a holiday mood among local ex-pats. Despite glitzy trees tucked neatly into lots of corners, Christmassy it was not, but I loved the dose of sun in the depths of our soggy winter, so it’s great to have been there, but not the end of the world to be home.
A few impressions:
Sun sets before 6pm, but then all that concrete is so much prettier after dark.
‘Good things come in small packages’ does not apply when breakfasting at the Lime Street Cafe.
As for those fountains – it’s hard to convey the effect of sound and water, but try this Youtube clip. Notice how the voices go quiet as the show goes on.
So there you have it. Big, shiny, and lots of fun. Dubai Mall strapline is ‘welcome to everything’.
They have a point!
Despite forecasts of evil weather and traffic mayhem we got to Angelsey for Christmas to find it bathed in sunlight. Being sans golf clubs we took the opportunity to walk on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
First stop was one of our favourite haunts: Penmon point with its fine view of Puffin Island.
On 26th and feeling in the mood for post-turkey exercise we decided to head for Parys Mountain, a spectacular landscape we visited two summers ago but without a camera. December proved a fine time to capture the rainbow colours of the defunct copper mine recently featured on Coast . This time we did the whole of the circular walk. Take a look.
Lots more photos on Flickr. But don’t think mine are too bad!
My excuse (if I needed one) for this fab view is that some time ago WordPress changed the image tool to a Flash uploader, which is very flash (with a small ‘f’) when it works but on some computers simply doesn’t play the game.
Luckily for you, it’s okay on the Vista laptop I’m testing right now. Luckily for me, I should be waking up to this very view on Friday morning – weather permitting. Arran is in the background, but we’re staying in another corner of Undiscovered Scotland. I must say I like the sound of that:- Undiscovered (and Scotland).
Meanwhile I still think WordPress have been a bit naughty to give us something which doesn’t always work, unlike the rest of the kit which is pretty good. There is a workaround, but it makes life very hard for beginners. Have also recently discovered via DD that WordPress doesn’t support Safari.
You’ll guess from this technobabble that I have nothing much to talk about on the writing front and am hoping our journey up the High Road will restore my creative energy.
Thanks to bicameral for the photo.
P.S. WordPress now claims to have fixed the uploader bug. Here’s hoping.