Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts

Friday, 11 September 2015

Out And About: "Hotel of Lights"

 Occasion: Dinner treat with Le Fiance. City: Dubai. Location: The Address Hotel
We had heard about this hotel from our pre-wedding photographer when he was suggesting possible photo shoot locations for our pre-wedding pictures. We took his advice and shot a few shots there, and yes, the decor is just amazing. Gosh just amazing. So when we got the opportunity to go back some days later for dinner, we took it and got to see so much more lovely pieces- particularly the lighting.
 I mean from chandeliers that were so unconventional and can make you gawk for minutes, to column light lamps like the one above.
We had an assorted fruit dinner with chocolate fondue and enjoyed a beautiful view of the marina.
 This one is just BREATHTAKING. No other words.
 Chandelier. Note the walls, the structure of the whole place.
 I fell more in love with the hotel when I found that ALL their flowers were fresh and neatly groomed. This corner piece arrangement of bouquets is just a tiny tip of iceberg; there were even more awesome and grand arrangements particularly at the reception.
 Awesomeness. These hanging lamps we could not resist on pre-wedding photo shoot day.
 We used this as a backdrop as well.
We tried to capture the lighting here, which were like luminescent sea shells, but the camera caught the glow instead.
Well I've always known Dubai has beautiful hotels, but this one really took my breath away. I have quite an eye for interior decor and so does Mr. Man; he pointed this one (below) out at the Ibn Battuta Mall and I took a picture....I mean it's just a mall, and the ceiling looks this beautiful?


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Out and About: Dubai Museum

Hope you had a good weekend.
I was in Dubai about a month ago, and on my birthday, Mr. Man decided to give me a daytime treat and he took me to the Dubai Museum. I'd call that trip a journey of surprises, because for the first time, I realized that Dubai is actually rich in history. I always subconsciously thought Dubai was some kind of a man-made city, and this isn't surprising, as all the media and picture and tourist sites tell us is about this magnificent city where all the shopping, fun rides, 7-star hotels etc can be found.
So yeah, I was surprised when we got inside and found quite a lot of information on how people made their living decades ago in Dubai, it's development, strengths and all that.
Dubai Museum from the outside.
The building we mistook for the museum at first

Mr. Man aka "The Photographer" took almost a dozen pictures of this boat!

Inner courtyard of the museum
 Entry fee was dirt cheap- I think Dhs 3.
 Lots of wax? statues to help depict what life like was back then.
Jewelry maker
Info on Dubai wildlife

Souvenirs and artifacts store. Quite pricey though!

I didn't even know Dubai had a museum! I'm glad I got to visit this place and you should too if you get the chance!


Saturday, 15 August 2015

Out and About: Museum of Natural History

So some of you may already know that I'm a SUCKER for museums. So when Nemi of 's hubby suggested that we check out the Oxford Museum of Natural History it was only a matter of when.
I had a great time and learnt more about fossils, early creatures, wildlife, rocks and stones, dinosaurs, insects etc.

 Dinosaur fans would love it at this museum.
 I put this picture on instagram. It's a python's skeleton.
 There was a gallery upstairs and one of the most fascinating things we saw was this skeleton of a man found buried years and years ago.
From the upstairs gallery
They look so real don't they?
More eyecandy for the dinosaur fans
 Believe it or not, that's a whale skeleton! Like who would have thought! Hands up if you are surprised like me at how strong and rigid the bones are!

So much to little time
Those are dinosaur eggs-not sure if they are fossilised or models

Had some throwback Physical Geography classes that day and Nemi and I decided that many of the stones were good enough to make jewelry pieces with as they were.
There were also actual diamond pieces and other precious stones like emeralds, sapphires etc. Safely secure behind the glass showcases of course!

So that's it on the Oxford museum tour and hope you enjoyed the pictures. London is not the only fun place in the UK, there are so many fun things to do in other cities or towns as well!

Are you a museum rat like me?


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Not Just Another City-Spots to visit at Abuja

Hi guys!
Who hasn't ever visited Abuja? Very few of you I'm sure. Most people who visit Abuja do so to see family, friends, for work, events or whatever, but I wonder how many people see this city as a tourist location.
"Abuja, located in the center of the Nigeria blends nature with sophistication. Ever since it became Nigeria’s Capital in 1991, the city has witnessed high influx of people. Regarded as Nigeria’s seat of power,it is a regular host to both local and international meetings.The city houses major buildings like the Presidential Villa (Aso Rock), the National Assembly and Supreme Court.

If you are going to Abuja for business or pleasure there are some eye-catching places you can’t just help but visit. Starting from the hotels, to the rocks, parks and other exciting places, you are bound to have a swell time on your visit to Abuja.
Below are 8 wonderful places has spotted in Abuja. Enjoy!

Transcorp Hilton Hotel & Sheraton Hotel, both located in the heart of Abuja are 40 minutes’ drive from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport. Both hotels provide moderate to expensive rooms that give you a magnificent view of the city.

You can enjoy the 24-hour room delivery service or eat out at one of the hotel’s restaurants that provide local dishes, Italian cuisines, steaks, barbequed food or you can enjoy a drink at the bar.
These hotels have amenities and provide services that include – the nightlife club, picnic area, spa, saloon, laundry service, casino, ballrooms, tour assistance, internet service, medical assistance, foreign currency exchange among others. The hotel can practically be regarded as a small community on its own.

Millennium Park, the largest public park in Abuja is located in Maitama district of the city, close to the presidential and administrative buildings in the city.

Inaugurated by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 2003, the park is segregated into two parts by a river. One part is dedicated to uncontaminated nature that preserves the vegetation and greenhouses for butterflies and tropical birds, while the other part, conceived and designed by an Italian Architect, Manfredi Nicoletti is structured in a traditional and rigid Italian style garden layout.
It has a fountain located along the walkway that refreshes passersby at the hottest of afternoons and add beauty to the park. The park is a great spot for picnics.

Arts and Crafts Village, located in the Central Business District sits in between Shehu Yar’Adua Centre and Silverbird Entertainment.
The shops, beautifully made in similar shapes from clay and thatch roofs help to buttress the place as truly a crafts and artworks village.
For lovers of artwork, some of the things you will come across at the village for sale include, traditional home decor, beaded necklaces/bracelets, African traditional masks, warrior and horse statuettes, Adire (tie and dye), among others.

National Children Park and Zoo, located off the Central Business District by Asokoro, is very close to Aso Rock.
There are quiet numerous animals that you can admire; camels, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, zebras, among others. Wild and domestic animals housed in this zoo make it a great attraction center especially for children who love to take a closer look at animals in the zoo.
There is a playground and other activities children can engage in along the Toddler’s Lane, making it an ideal place to take your children for a fun afternoon.

Two famous Rocks: Aso and Zuma Rock
Aso Rock is Abuja's most noticeable feature with the Presidential Complex, Nigerian Supreme Court and National Assembly located around it.

The Zuma Rock depicted on the 100 naira Nigerian note, popular referred to as the “gateway of Abuja” is located in the Niger State. It was used as a defensive retreat by Gbayi people during the inter-tribal war and there is a noticeable trace of a human face on the rock.

Gurara Falls is located in Niger State. Two mainstreams of waterfalls clashing off a cliff are its major attraction.
Though not fully developed, there are steps carved into the steep rocks to assist visitors descend and ascend with ease. The spot is also a great place for birds watching.

Wonderland Amusement Park& Resort, situated in the heart of Abuja is an ultra-modern world class recreation center and one of the biggest amusement parks in Nigeria.
The park has leisure gardens, games and rides for both children and adults.

With food cafes and shops scattered around the Resort, you can enjoy offerings of delicious Continental, Mediterranean and African meals.

We hope you have fun on your next visit to Abuja!"
I have visited The Transcorp Hilton, Aso Rock, Wonderland and The Millenium Park. Which of these spots do you think you would like to visit someday?