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Middle East part 4 – play time!

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Sioux under General

  I hadn’t seen my friends in Abu Dhabi for just over 3 years and had not met their gorgeous twins, so a visit was most definitely in order! We didn’t do much touring as besides it being a normal working week for them, touring with 2 little ones is not the easiest thing to […]

Middle East part 3 – big, big, big…

Posted on November 25, 2016 by Sioux under General

  Our next adventure was a tour around the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in Abu Dhabi, before taking me to my next stop. The massive mosque is considered to be the key site for worship in the country. We were obliged to cover up, wearing long trousers, long sleeves and head covering. It was extremely […]

Middle East part 2 – high high high…

Posted on November 20, 2016 by Sioux under General

  The first human settlement in the history of Dubai was in approximately 3000 BC, when the area was inhabited by nomadic cattle herders. The area was sustained by fishing and pearl diving for a thousand years, with the first records of the town being made in 1799.   The invention of artificial pearls in 1926 and the Great Depression in 1929 caused a collapse […]

Holiday time is over….

Posted on November 17, 2016 by Sioux under Green Door

  Back to work after my birthday break, and almost into the country side.   I am looking after a couple in their charming home, being what is known here as a bungalow (one level), there are no stairs to climb thank goodness!   My view onto the patio is peaceful and with the window […]

Middle East part 1 – hot, hot, hot!!!

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Sioux under General

  From Hungary, I flew over the Med to the Middle East, where my first of three stops was to Sharjah based friends I had last seen 2 years ago when they were living in Perth and before that, 16 years ago when they left South Africa. We had many years to catch up during […]

Budapest – the final – out & about

Posted on November 12, 2016 by Sioux under General

  Budapest, the capital of Hungary, has a history which dates back to the period after the anti-Hapsburg revolution in 1848–49 when the 1867 Compromise (Kiegyezés) saw a weakened Vienna make Buda the capital of a near-autonomous Hungary, a large, multi-ethnic Kingdom comprising half of the newly created Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary. In this peculiar double-state the […]

Budapest part 2 – cruising down the river

Posted on November 5, 2016 by Sioux under General

  I again did the hop-on-hop-off tour in Budapest. The bus tour included a boat trip to Margaret Island, a 2.5 km long x 500 metres wide island, 238 acres of parkland in the middle of the Danube. Mostly covered by landscape parks, the island is a popular recreational area. Its medieval ruins are reminders of its […]

View from the loft

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Sioux under Green Door

  Canterbury, a cathedral city in southeast England, was originally built by the Romans, and still has many cobbled streets and timber-framed houses.   Our view across the roof tops from the 3rd floor ‘family suite’ was stunning. The traditional 16th-century hotel we stayed in was well placed among the quaint pubs, many eateries and […]