Dubai - the best that U.S. oil money can buy
Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
13Trip End May 06, 2010
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After a wait of more than an hour in Immigration our driver, Lobo, who had been waiting for us for two hours - took us to our hotel - we have a nice one bedroom suite - but we just want a comfortable bed at this time. It was about 3 am by the time we got to sleep. I was up at 8:30 and went off in search of Jeanie and Monroe - who had flown in just a couple of hours earlier. They were able to get into their suite early and were already in the Club Lounge when I found them
I hailed a taxi and headed down to the Gold Souk. Dubai has one of the best prices for gold in the world and there are over 800 jewelry shops in Dubai to prove that point. Fortunately - or unfortunately - I do not like yellow gold so there wasn't a lot to entice me here. The Spice Souk was next - I found it by the aroma of so many wonderful spices and the burning of Frankincense. I will make my main purchases next week - but did buy 7 large Vanilla bean pods for less than $5.00 partly because I was so excited and had to have them safely tucked away in my suitcase. I then headed up to Dubai Creek to cross as the locals do via an abra. For 1 dirham - or less than a dollar - I was transported to the other side on a little 20 +/- passenger boat offering me nice views of the shoreline. I was dropped off at the Textile Souk where I found some charming little Arabian slippers - deciding on the color and style was the only challenge and I think I may have to purchase another pair or two before we leave. By this time I was thinking I should get back to the hotel and check on Jim - it was around 2 p.m. when I arrived and he was still sleeping and thought I had just left the room and had come back because I had forgotten something. That is what 34 hours without proper sleep will do to you I suppose. I of course can not sleep when there is sightseeing and shopping to do and I told Jim that he needed to get up and see the sights. Jim got ready and we headed down to the Bastakiya quarter where we had lunch at the Basta Art Cafe and then walked through this historical area that was originally settled by Iranians in the 1920's