Most of the conversations with friends and family this time of the year revolve around travel. My wife’s last day at work yesterday signals the start of the family’s summer holiday, which is mostly spent outside Kuwait. I will, God willing, join them on two separate short trips – the first of which will be late July.
The images in this video are not new. Readers of this blog will have already come across them. I had some fun with the globe widget, and enjoyed trying to fit it all into 80 seconds. It’s not perfect, but I like the end result. The background singing is of traditional Kuwaiti sea songs – something I associate very strongly with travel.
Whatever you’re doing this summer, and wherever you’re spending it, I wish you all the best.
We drove to Yanbu’ in the evening and saw very little. This is my second time on this road so I knew there wouldn’t be much action on the way back either – even if it was during daylight. I did find the mirage on the way back rather attractive. It remained with us most of the journey and we seldom saw the horizon.
I’m back in the air!
Jeddah airport has been renovated but it still looks hopelessly dull. It’s such a contrast to what it looks like from outside. I love the simple tent-look of the main terminal building. The lack of the ugly (but necessary) jetways, and the vast open area of the airport apron, help maintain the illusion.
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The second (and final) selection of matchboxes. Mostly of hotels, and roughly grouped into continents. Some of the matches missed out in the first post (EAT) were added here and there…
Above: Movenpick (Heliopolis-Egypt), Sheraton (Doha-Qatar), Le Meridien (Casablanca-Morocco), Crowne Plaza (Farwaniya-Kuwait), The Residence (Tunis-Tunisia) & Sheraton (Muscat-Oman).
The Bellagio (Las Vegas-USA), Sacred Sea Room (Las Vegas-USA), Aladdin (Las Vegas-USA), Luxor (Las Vegas-USA), MGM Grand (Las Vegas-USA), Stratosphere Tower (Las Vegas-USA), Best Western (New York-USA), The Doral (Miami-USA), Pacific Time (Miami-USA) & again Luxor (Las Vegas-USA).
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Whilst I was unable to go around Jeddah, being here did bring back memories of my previous trips. The thing I remember most is the intriguing architecture. Older buildings here are like nowhere else. They have their own character. Even the ugly buildings seem to have a soul. I remember walking around an old market (Souq Al Alawi) and missing most of the shops as I gazed above them at the old windows and balconies.
The modern Jeddah is of course just as impressive. The interesting architecture theme seems to creep into the new; and the Corniche by the Red Sea offers beautiful views of the city sky line at different points. I stayed at a hotel in North Jeddah and the beach area is nicely presented with children play-areas, little cafes and long landscaped walkways. There is also an impressive long pier into the water that splits into three ends.
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The journey from Jeddah to Yanbu was nothing exciting. The road is long, has two lanes, and desert on either side.
However there was one point near where the road splits to Medina which was rather beautiful. There were more trees and mountains in the background. In fact the roat to Medina is behind the mountains that are just about visible. I heard today that that road is a gorgeous drive all the way to sacred Medina.
I passed through Jeddah yesterday. This was my view from the hotel room. In fact all I saw of Jeddah was this beautiful sunset.
Sometime last summer I started a book and it found its way into a briefcase of mine. I only found it again two weeks ago, and finally finished reading it on the flight yesterday. The last chapter of Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss is about the hyphen, and how it’s becoming extinct. I should therefore point out that the title of this post is Red-Sea Sun-set; not Red Sea-Sun-set.
Good book if you haven’t read it – it’s light despite the heavy subject.