This holiday is so over!

Well, we’ve made it to the end of the holiday folks. Our last day in Dubai before our flight back to Perth. We got a late check out at the hotel, so we packed up all our stuff and headed off to the Mall of the Emirates to do some shopping. And to have one more look at the Burj Khalifa in daylight.
I think we maybe saw about half of the shopping centre, maybe.

20130512-151043.jpg

20130512-151101.jpg

20130512-151113.jpg

20130512-151131.jpg

20130512-151155.jpg

Dubai is pretty darn awesome.

Thanks for following our Europe blog – see you all next trip!

Advertisements

Skiing in a Mall & Hanging out with Penguins

Well, we had to do it. Packed up our ski gear and headed over to mall for a morning of skiing/snowboarding. Blainie decided to go back to skiing after her less than successful attempts at snowboarding earlier in the trip.
So, you pay your money, get changed (we brought our own clothes, but snow clothes were included in the price if you don’t have your own), get your skis/snowboard and off you go.
Once inside the slope, it is minus 3 degrees and the snow was actually quite good and snow like. It was a bit like being at the rollerdrome or an ice rink.

20130511-164337.jpg

20130511-164357.jpg

20130511-164416.jpg

20130511-164435.jpg

20130511-164455.jpg

20130511-164510.jpg

20130511-164532.jpg

20130511-164557.jpg

After a successful morning on the slopes, it was time for Blainie to go on the Penguin Encounter. It’s involved going with a small group (6 people) and getting to see and meet a Gentoo penguin and a King Penguin. She even got to touch the King penguin. His name was Jumeriah and he was really soft and cute. Although she drew the line at kissing the penguin – but others did. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed, only “official” photography, so we got to buy the photo at the end. There was also a photo with the Gentoo penguin, but Blainie looked a bit concerned in those pics (worried the penguin was going to have her eye out) so we didn’t get one of those.

20130511-165053.jpg

Then we though we had better go and check out the “Palm”. Y’know the huge man made island that looks like a palm made on the ocean? Yeah that. We had to do a bit of a hike from the metro to get to the monorail, but we eventually made it. It was kinda cool to see (but the view is better from the plane) but when we got to the end where the Atlantis the Palm hotel is, there wasn’t much to see if you weren’t a hotel guest. So we caught the monorail back and hightailed it back to the Mall of the Emirates where we had a fantastic Lebanese dinner.

20130511-165419.jpg

20130511-165451.jpg

20130511-165513.jpg

20130511-165543.jpg

20130511-165607.jpg

20130511-165635.jpg

20130511-165653.jpg

Good Morning Sunshine

Got in to Dubai around 6am, Dubai time. 26 degrees, going for a top of 40. Yeah! Caught the Metro to our hotel. Checked in. Enjoyed the hotels buffet breakfast. Went to sleep for several hours.
Got up around 3pm and went to explore the nearby shopping mall “Mall of the Emirates” which conviniently houses a ski slope. We had coffee & sandwiches at the “St Mortitz Cafe”

20130511-122412.jpg

20130511-122433.jpg

20130511-122457.jpg

They have penguins there too. (On the cards for tomorrow – a penguin meet and greet)

20130511-122600.jpg

20130511-122618.jpg

This mall, however was just not quite big enough for our sleep deprived selves. And so, we decided to catch the Metro to the “Dubai Mall” – the biggest mall in the world.

They have an Aquarium. And Blainie found a Hello Kitty store.

20130511-122759.jpg

20130511-122818.jpg

This mall is right near the Burj Khalifa – the biggest building in the world. We looked at it, it certainly is very big. We didn’t end up going up it due to a combination of fear and lack of time.

20130511-122946.jpg

There were fountains too. And a strange version of “Walk on the Wild Side” got played during the fountain display. Highest fountains in the world, or something.

20130511-123102.jpg

20130511-123122.jpg

As we were franticly trying to find our way out of the mall to get to the train station before the trains stopped running, we came across a Magnolia Bakery. Regular viewers of our blogs might remember an addiction to their Red Velvet cupcakes in New York. Had to stop for some.

20130511-123317.jpg

20130511-123335.jpg

Flying into the Sun

Today we packed up, had the worst breakfast of our trip (Travellers tip: Dont stay at the Goldener Schüssel if ever in Bern) and then went out for one last look around Bern. Had some nice coffees though (if a little expensive – good preparation for coming home to Perth)

20130511-121342.jpg

20130511-121404.jpg

Then we caught a train to Zürich Airport. We got told off by a man because we were talking on the “Quiet Carriage”. We were being quiet though, but we weren’t sure if by Quiet they meant Quiet or if they meant Silent.

20130511-121805.jpg

We had Nordsee for dinner at Zürich airport. It was expensive and not really very good.

20130511-121904.jpg

Then we caught a plane to Dubai.

20130511-121941.jpg

Out n About in Bern

Today we mostly packed. Trying to fit everything in to our suitcases was fun, but we managed to do it eventually.
We went out for a bit of an explore of the Botanical Gardens and surrounds. Lots of spectacular views. We even saw a guy swimming in the river – we carried downstream by the river anyway.

20130506-183337.jpg

20130506-183409.jpg

20130506-183438.jpg

20130506-183457.jpg

20130506-183531.jpg

20130506-183603.jpg

20130506-183619.jpg

20130506-183651.jpg

20130506-183718.jpg

Shopping in the Bern ‘burbs

Steve was still really sick today. In fact, he spent the whole day in bed. The weather was still rubbish also, so Blainie decided to head off to a suburban shopping centre. Shopping centre’s are pretty similar the world over, and this one was no exception. The only difference was, most of the customers here looked like fashion models. Although,there was the odd Swiss bogan also.

20130506-124126.jpg

Looked around, bought some stuff, had coffee and chocolate mousse at Migros restaurant. Then headed back to the city. That was pretty much it.

20130506-124243.jpg

20130506-124258.jpg

20130506-124315.jpg

Expensive Bern. But at least it’s pretty

Well the weather today was continuing with its rubbish-ness. Rain, cold and just generally shite. On top of that, Steve is sick with some sort of cold/flu. We had planned to take a day trip to Interlaken or some such place, but in these trying conditions we gave up on that dream. Just had a bit of a wander about town. With lunch in the Migros restaurant – which was reminiscent of the upstairs cafeteria that at the old Coles in the Perth CBD.

20130506-104910.jpg

20130506-104932.jpg

20130506-104957.jpg

Steve went back to the apartment for a sleep. Blainie went to visit the bears again. They were sleeping today.

20130506-105103.jpg

20130506-105129.jpg

20130506-105156.jpg

20130506-105221.jpg