03/03/10 10:57 - ID#51098
massive viewing tank in the hotel...i mean MASSIVE. it's 3 stories tall and holds some 11 million liters of water.
all the tanks are meant to look like the lost ruins of Atlantis, very cool
and an entourage of rays in flight
the tank is so huge and I was shocked they actually have a young whale shark in it! i learned more about this unusual sighting:
the aquarium, or 'lost chambers', carried the Atlantis theme with all kind of artifacts and machinery
Rory is um...testing the environment suits for leaks?
that's a biiiiiiiig grouper
sunrise over The Palm
Burge Dubai, the tallest building in the world
at the water park we went on this slide ride where you end up gliding through this shark tank
and cute rays greeted you with a smile, it was pretty impressive
11/15/09 02:32 - ID#50309
URTI - feeling so miserable
the traditional British group photo after the ceremony
the husband and I with the man who took our pics, the one and only (e:Libertad)
one of the coolest shots we got in the cemetery
my favorite kissing shot
01/30/09 06:33 - ID#47568
random cambodia shots
looking dorkish with traditional dancers
rory in the back of our little motorcycle taxi called a romauks
we took a boat ride through a floating village
and got stuck in some heavy plant life
we learned how they harvest and process silk (pretty amazing really)
and visited an art training center which teaches painting, sculpting and carving to deaf kids
then of course we sweated our way through the massive angkor wat temple complex
and i got to stand where 'lara croft' stood....omg yay!
rory peaking into the tippy top of one
so beautiful i can't wait to go back for more!
11/13/08 03:36 - ID#46675
07/20/08 09:26 - ID#45079
back from paris
- I fixed the photos from a few posts ago*
I had the most fabulous time in Paris EVER. I've been before, but it was SO much more enjoyable this time around with Rory's arm to hold onto. Finally made it to the catacombs which I found pretty amazing (and not at all creepy) but my camera sucks in low light. I have a few 'ok' shots, but I'll post some of Rory's when I get them, they are spectacular. Can you believe they actually exhumed 6 million bodies and shoved them in old quarries? Crazy!
We also made it out to Euro Disney which was entertaining, as if I haven't been to Disney like 5 times in the last month! It was interesting to compare and contrast rides. My votes stand that Aerosmith's Rockin' Rollercoaster and the Tower of Terror are way better in their US version. However...Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean were WAY better over there! Seriously. This also comes after having just ridden the newly updated version of Pirate's of the Caribbean in the US, to which I WAS going to tell you all is much better than it's first version. Just in case you ever go.....
There was also this restaurant that was 'inside' the Pirates ride, meant to look like you were in the jungle by a river. It was simply AMAZING! The food was really good, and the atmosphere was just divine.
first i took the train up to Lille to visit friends
i had a beer called 'kwak' which was served in this unusual way
tribute to joan of arc in the cathedral
my friend lived on the 5th floor, so the bathroom was....short
if you stand up in the bathtub your head sticks out the sky light
rory's flight was delayed and we got to our little hotel at midnight
more paris photos in next post, i have to finish sorting them out!
07/04/08 05:27 - ID#44863
photo catch up
he got me....
dinner with the peeps
my nephews on their first amusement park ride
mohammed at universal
03/14/08 11:29 - ID#43663
from the north: part 3
we found a wandering camel and my aunt's friend carries camel biscuits in the car for this very reason
made our way toward the very tip of the country and finally met the sea again
we were off road 90% of the time
I thought it was interesting to find a mancala game carved into the rocks
it was wicked windy and i ended up looking like i went skiing at the end of the day with all the windburn
we found more ruins, or should i say "the archaeology"
don't worry, we did not "inerfere" with it
part of it reminded me of greece
small lookout post
the stairs...i love spiral stairs
view at the top
between this and the beautiful water, i almost felt like i was in the caribbean
i think this is the oldest standing house in qatar
03/12/08 02:24 - ID#43635
from the north: part 2
whenever I travel I always wonder about random articles of clothing I find in the street, or up in a tree - in this case, what's the story behind a single sandal in the middle of nowhere?
I really mean the middle of nowhere!
where we found camel bones
and got a flat tire! (that's why you never go adventuring alone, even with a healthy spare)
we came upon a place that might have been part of a war
it was riddled with bullet holes
we also found what looks like a natural rock in the middle of the desert
but is a place for a man to hide out
stay tuned for more next time!
03/11/08 03:38 - ID#43615
from the north: part 1
top of a lookout tower
staircase of the tower
remnants of the wall that surrounded the neighborhood
the homes are built using rocks, then they just smooth it over with a cement like mixture; i guess this house has returned to the earth
view from a window
this reminds me of mexican pueblos
this area used to be under water, the ground is made of millions of tiny sea shells!
01/22/08 01:49 - ID#42985
only in qatar!
hello, here's my flag, it's hot as fuck out here.
yah, do it.
outward displays of wealth are the standard
even if you have to drive a crotch rocket
and there's always something 'special' on the menu
some things aren't worth trying though....
groceries? as if....
in the event of an emergency, you're fucked.
and don't try to make sense of traffic, because it's fucked too
and the drivers are fucking crazy