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best restaurants in Dubai, blue flame, Deira, Dubai, Dubai restaurants, hotels, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

Blue Flame – hot, pure, fast, and full of treasure.

Blue Flame – hot, pure, fast, and full of treasure.

It’s the kind of flame that comes from a gas cooker – shaped like a lotus, perfectly rigid until a pot is slid across it, then it too opens like a flower, and spreads, stretching always up – trying to find the highest point. It’s contained in a blowtorch – […]

September 19, 2012 ×

Bab al Shams, Desert, embracing culture, hotels, Qasr al Sarab, weekend break

A taste of the desert

A taste of the desert

I had been looking forward to this weekend for over a month. In fact, I had been looking forward to this weekend even before I booked the trip. I knew we would do it. It was going to be hellishly expensive, it would involve an incredibly boring drive with two […]

April 22, 2011 ×

backwater tour, Hikkaduwa, hotels, restaurants, Sri Lanka, surfing, travel

Let me paint you a picture…

Let me paint you a picture…

When I think back on my time in Sri Lanka, the image that first comes to mind is the one to the right: -> Not the tea plantations, the haunting exterior of the Hill Club, nor lilies at the Temple of the Tooth. Not the top of Granny’s head as […]

March 8, 2011 ×

embracing culture, hotels, no children, slow service, Sri Lanka, travel

The Bleak House

The Bleak House

Can you guess where I am? I am standing in the shadow of a dark and imposing bluestone mansion, at least I would be in shadow if there were any sun. Mist creeps around me, leaving moisture on every surface, too small to see, but easy enough to feel. The […]

February 23, 2011 ×

Colombo, hotels, Sri Lanka, travel

I remember yesterday…

I remember yesterday…

Well, I’m home. I’m sitting in my back yard in that surreal passage of time where holiday has not been over for long enough to transport your astral body back to ground zero. But very quickly, vacation-mode is slipping away, in converse proportion to the headache creeping in. An early […]

February 20, 2011 ×

Christmas, Dubai, hotels, incompetence, kids, rant, Sheraton

Crapmas

Crapmas

Enjoyment against all odds 1pm yesterday revealed a great disappointment. We had intended to attend the tree lighting at the Montgomerie (swanky golf club managed by swankier hotel chain The Address.) closer inspection to the website had revealed it was on the 11th, not on the 10th as I had […]

December 11, 2010 ×

Armani Hotel, Bars, hotels, manhattan

Drink Drank Drunk

Drink Drank Drunk

This drink got drank and then I got drunk. It’s a Manhattan at the lounge bar at the Armani Hotel Dubai, and it was delicious. It was followed by shenanigans at Hashi – more here. Taken with an iPhone, so please don’t judge my photographic skill on this one – […]

November 28, 2010 ×

Abu Dhabi, camels, Dubai, Eid al Adha, Emirates Palace Hotel, hotels, waterslides, weekend break

Queen of the Emirates (for a day anyway)

Queen of the Emirates (for a day anyway)

Eid al Adha occurred last week. It is a three-day celebration about 70 days after the end of Ramadan, beginning with Arafat day (named after the awful time Abraham had on mt Arafat thinking he was sacrificing his son to a cruel God – fortunately God was kind and swapped […]

November 21, 2010 ×

Armani Hotel, Armani Lounge, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, hangovers, Hashi, hotels, restaurants

It’s all Georgio’s fault.

It’s all Georgio’s fault.

Sigh….. I tend to write about hangovers. A lot. Anyone reading this might assume that I like a drink. A lot. And they would probably be right. I actually even graduated with a diploma in alcohol (wine marketing at Adelaide university). So I like a drink enough to have allowed […]

November 14, 2010 ×