Doha Bay and Souq Waqif
Trip Start Jan 01, 2009
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Our boat ride around the bay was nice and relaxing. We were on the boat with one other family, but they got off on the other side of the bay so half the journey was just the two of us.
After the ride we walked across the Corniche to the Souq Waqif to find some money and food. We only had 150QAR between us and didn't think it would last very long. Wolfi tried a bank machine yet again with no success. Then we walked through the Souq and I spotted a cafe with reasonable prices for our budget. We also spotted some restaurants like Cinnzeo and Baskin Robbins that made me excited, but most were closed because it was now siesta.
After our nice lunch with fresh mandarin juice, we walked back through the Souq and spotted an ATM. At last, success! Then we walked around to see the Grand Mosque but the security guard on duty told me I couldn't take any photos before we had even entered the grounds and we thought we probably shouldn't go o the grounds
We left the hotel again at 5pm, right when the sun goes down. Sunset is very fast and early here, and I haven't yet actually seen it. I just notice that one minute it is light, the next it is dark, right at 5pm.
We decided to check out one of the shopping centres and went to a big one behind Souq Waqif. It was full of cell phone retailers, money exchanges, and assorted junk. There was no food to be found and we were getting hungry again, so we crossed the street into Souq Waqif.
We looked at a couple restaurant menus and decided on Le Gourmet Restaurant. They had a bit of Lebanese mixed with Moroccan. It all looked delicious and I didn't know what to try. Wolfi got some spicy kebabs and I had chicken breast with mushroom sauce
After dinner we walked around the souq and did some shopping. We were quite sure that bargaining was expected and I tried to get a deal on an 80 QAR bracelet. The guy offered it to me for 75, so I offered 50. He laughed and said he can't go lower than 75. Bull crap! But I walked away, saddened. We did much better on the little things, maybe because I let Wolfi do the talking. We also went to get some Cinnzeo after dinner but the man in the eatery (that was clearly not Cinnzeo) beneath the sign told me it was "finished". I guess he took over the shop. He had some delicious looking fruit shakes and his store was called "Pride of Canada" so I guess I better try it out before we leave Doha.