New Dubai is shiny and high tech. But along the Dubai Creek you can still get an occasional glimpse of Old Dubai. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: A Glimpse of Old Dubai”
“Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me”
From the song “Joy to the World” by Three Dog NIght
It is no secret that I love the work of master glass artist Dale Chihuly. So I will admit that the Palm Atlantis Chihuly sculpture in Dubai was, in part, one of the reasons I wanted to stay there. The combination sculpture-fountain is about 30 ft. tall and is made up of 3000 individually hand blown glass pieces. The sculpture took about two years to complete. It certainly is the show stopping centerpiece to an otherwise stunning hotel lobby.
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Photo Location – Al Fahidi Historic District in Dubai. This quarter was developed in the 1900’s by pearl and textile merchants. Today, the area has been restored, and its narrow lanes are occupied by art galleries, cafes and small museums. Continue reading “Photo Inspirations”
Dubai’s Burj Al Arab has become the city’s most recognizable icon, which is saying a lot considering that this city has an abundance of uniquely shaped buildings. The sail shaped hotel sits on its own little island, and is the only (self proclaimed) seven star hotel in the world. The only way to experience the inside of the hotel is with a reservation for a room, a meal, or afternoon tea (which is what I did – more about that later).
At sunset, it looks like it is ready to set sail into the distant seas.
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In a city of superlatives, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tops them all – literally. The name means Khalifa tower, and at 2722 ft, it has been the tallest structure in the world since 2008. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa”
Sunrise view from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Photo Location – Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in Burj Park within view of the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building.
“I cannot live without books” – Thomas Jefferson
When I quickly stepped into the Library of Congress Great Hall for the first time this winter, I was stopped short in my tracks. I expected a dull space with floor to ceiling books, or maybe something like New York city’s Public Library. I did not expect such a bright and subtly colorful space. Despite its grand scale, it has a delicate and airy feel. There is art and color and design everywhere. From the elaborately carved grand staircases, to the many paintings on the walls, to the murals on the ceiling, to the stained glass ceiling, to the mosaic floors. Yet despite the extensive ornamentation, it actually all comes together beautifully in a harmonious and even calming whole.
Next time I will stay longer and sign up for some of the tours.
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Photo Location: Albert Einstein memorial, Washington DC on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences.