Arabian Afternoons – An Afternoon at Souq Waqif Doha, Qatar

I enjoyed an afternoon at the Souq Waqif . This is one of my favorite hang out places. I arrived hours before most shops opened and walked in the heat of the midday sun deciding on where to have lunch. I decided on Syrian food, at Damasca One restaurant. I sat upstairs with the intention of smoking…

Moments – Phuket, Thailand

Sunset, Karon Beach Interesting Trees Souvenir Shop in Patong where we bought three of the hanging wood carvings of twisted, bizarre faces!!  We noticed the name of the shop after the fact…..very fitting for the area!!  😉 Umbrellas hanging above the entrance of a restaurant.  An ice cream shop with a close up of gum drops…

Zekreet Beach. Well, Not Really!! Zekreet, Qatar

Michael and I packed up the doggies and headed for Zekreet Beach.  This area a popular spot for camping and a popular go-to spot on the weekends. This was an adventure for sure because just like all the universal “off the grid” locations that only locals know about and/or aren’t clearly indicated on how to get…

Wat Chalong Temple, Phuket, Thailand

  After visiting The Big Budda, we continued on to visit the Wat Chalong Temple.  This, the largest of Phuket’s temples, houses a splinter of bone from Buddha.  As we walked the grounds, fireworks were lit and exploded in unique furnaces.  We weren’t sure of the significance of this, but it sure was loud! Visiting…

The Big Buddha, Phuket, Thailand

Michael and I decided to visit Buddhist temples in the area.  Our first stop was The Big Buddha located on top of one of the Nakkerd Hills, not far from our hotel. After our unexpected adventure on , our ride on Lulu, the elephant we continued up the road to the apex of the hill that…

Riding Bareback on LuLu the Elephant, Phuket, Thailand

This was a moral dilemma. It was so, SO exciting to ride an elephant – bareback at that!!!! An experience I will never forget because it was a teenager dream Indiana Jones inspired adventure come true…. BUT…. Only if the elephants are treated ethically. Most of the Tripadvisor feedback of elephant safaris in Thailand are…

Bangla Road, Patong, Thailand

We ended up here, Bangla Road, …because it was where all the action was, shopping right? We didn’t know what we were getting into… but when it hit, we took it in. That said…… I lasted maybe an hour and wanted to leave!  It was CRAZY!  Packed, PACKED with tourists and built for tourists, this…

Rang Hill, Phuket Town, Thailand

Without a destination in mind, we set off on a scooter for a day of adventure! Michael has driven scooters in Bali, Indonesia as well as having his own motorcycle, so he was a confident driver on the busy streets of Phuket! We found ourselves driving up Rang Hill to discover a look off over…

Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Thailand

We booked a tour through Phuket Island Hopper to explore the Phi Phi Islands. The sky was overcast…rain seemed just around the corner.  I was grateful for the overcast sky as it was a minimal shield from the sun scorching us during this entire day spent on and in the waters of the Andaman Sea. The sun here, like…

Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Coming to you live from Phuket, Thailand! I’ve been awake since 4:40am yesterday, Thursday morning and have since then worked, home to meet Michael to get a taxi to the airport, have flown on three airplanes with (of course) a few glitches along the way when transferring from plane to plane!!  Seems our luggage arrived…

The Dancing Fountain, Dubai Mall, United Arab Emirates

Joan and I ended Day One of shopping watching The Dancing Fountain. It is better to watch at night because of the lights, but we were DONE after a full day and the 6:30 show at sunset suited me just fine!!! It truly was spectacular, the video not doing it justice as the thundering of the…

The Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Mall, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Aquarium was SO much fun!!!!  As a little girl, Jaques Cousteau was my inspiration for falling in love with the ocean.  The movie Jaws scared me for life with an irrational fear of sharks.  This was the first time I saw sharks up close!  I was mesmerized!!!!  I tried to keep thoughts of…

The Dubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Mall = One Stop Shopping…..and shopping and shopping and more shopping……. There is EVERYTHING, well not a ski hill….that’s at the other mall down the street….at this mall!!!!  Including The Dubai Aquarium, but I’ll blog about that separately! After our adventure at The Burj Khalifa, Joan and I continued our Girls Weekend of Shopping……Here…

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Girls just wanna have fun!!!!  My friend Joan and I flew to Dubai for the weekend for a bit of shopping!! Arriving late Thursday evening and rising early Friday morning we left our hotel room and arrived at The Dubai Mall at 8:30am.  The shops didn’t open until 10:00am, but that was ok because that…

Canadian Rocker Bryan Adams in Concert, Doha, Qatar

Doha This Canadian was SO excited to hear that Bryan Adams was playing in Doha!  The venue was at the Grand Hyatt Hotel – the concert was literally in someone’s back yard! The quality of the pictures I took with my iPhone are not great because of our distance from the stage.  The videos are…

The Private, Luxury Car Collection of the Alfardan Family, Qatar

Afforded a class trip to visit the private Alfarden car collection, this was a once and a lifetime opportunity to view luxury vehicles of the elite.  The Alfarden family name is associated with luxury cars, real estate and priceless jewels.  Viewing their priceless car collection left me speechless……. There were Ferraris, Maseratis, Rolls Royces (one owned…

Flying Over Mont Blanc Mountain

Leaving Switzerland, on our way home to Doha, Qatar the pilot announced we were flying over the famous Mont Blanc mountain.  I thought of sharing this because the “White Mountain”, is the highest mountain in the Alps… and very cool! Love, Stephanie ps….lets hope I zoomed in and took pictures of the correct mountain!!!  LoL!!…