Two Days is Plenty
Surrounded by garden-spots like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan,
We arrived at our hotel at 6:00 AM
By 9:00 AM we were on the hop-on, hop-off "Big Bus" city route,
Dubai Creek runs through the middle of the city
We hopped off at the Spice Market to see the Dubai City of Gold
They had plenty of gold
Practicing to be a sheik
Ahead on the left, along the Dubai Creek, boats load from the street
To deliver refigerators...
... tires and washing machines to India
Dubai makes 250 million gallons of fresh water per day from salty ocean water.
Construction along the beach
In the hazy distance, the Burj Khalifa, at 828 meters, the world's tallest building
Our destination, on the left, the Burj Al Arab
Built to resemble a ship's sail
The Accidental Tourists
One of many luxury cars in the parking area
Arriving for Sky-Tea on the 27th floor
The Grand Entrance Fountain
Looking straight up
We celebrate our 10th Anniversary... a bit early (April 5th, 2013)
The Lovely Bride
View from the top floor
Touring the resort grounds
Back at our humble abode, the Crown Plaza, Festival City,
The next day, On the Road, Again... taking the "Big Bus" beach route
Abu Dhabi is a four-hour drive
A Dubai Metro Station
Heading south, near the beach
Everything is new
Space view of Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago.
On the road to "Atlantis, The Palm"
In the distance, "Atlantis, the Palm" Hotel and Resort,
A water park with a 3-million gallon aquarium is what one should do
Waterfront homes on one of the "fronds" of Palm Island.
Keeping your car in the shade is essential
Mall of the Emirates
Let's start with the indoor ski slope...
Who needs an ATM when you can have a real bank?
Construction is unending
The architecture is imaginative
The base of the Burj Khalifa
Too tall for my modest camera to get the whole thing in one shot
Leaving the city on the way to our excellent
The trackless desert...
Wait a minute... are we in California here ?
No, it really is Dubai.
Just when you hope to arrive,
Finally, back on the road...
What to my wondering eyes should appear
Ready for our 30-second camel ride.
Defied death, one more time...
Let the feast begin...
The bar is open
A whirling dervish
A round of belly-disco brings the evening to a close
Departing Dubai, Emirates' hub
Passing over the North Pole...
Mount Rainer, Seattle
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
the 405 Freeway...
and we're home... Los Angeles International Airport
Our son, Sparky, has been patiently waiting