Friday, August 30, 2013

Dec 2012: Sunset in Dubai

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It was the last night in Dubai, and it was getting on in the evening…

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And the sun was setting

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Looked beautiful..

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A perfect end to a lovely stay in Dubai…

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dec 2012: Walking with the horses

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The waiter told me that there are horses (polo) in another part of the hotel grounds so I wheedled out the location from the chap, got permission from the manager and left early in the morning at 6AM to check them out..

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walking past the polo fields..

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it wasn't that late, it was pre-dawn but light enough

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with some rather strange horse statues..

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the clouds were starting to show the signs of dawn appearing

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and then suddenly these horses appeared out around the bend

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Each rider had several horses in hand…

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they weren't very happy but then I guess I wouldn't be either…if i was forced to wake up early in the morning, a bloody mouth guard put on me and then made to go around the exercise ground…

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Giving me a suspicious look…

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and I see the back end of it..

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it always surprises me to note their so very delicate ankles…

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the tower…

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another horse heading back to the stables

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then i move near a paddock. Check out the intelligence in those eyes…

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then he came over close to me, hmmm, i dont like horses, they have bigger teeth than me..

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but this chap looked very nice, so i ended up stroking him a bit and cuddling himmm…

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dawn is very near…

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the stables…with air conditioning…

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come on, emerge already…

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waiting for feed?

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some birds with bird seed..

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There were an extraordinary number of horses around the place. About 500 or so, bloody hell.

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I move down to the lower polo field, they were still exercising here.

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and very near dawn..

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And of course, what’s a hotel without a peacock in residence? lol

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I am near the airport..

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Footsteps on the dew…

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the horses are coming round the bend

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then reaching and passing me..

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A little cafe, now closed

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I guess these rather naughty looking bits are for storing the polo equipment?

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I can see you!

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walking down the path

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the lower polo field

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A horse carriage

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I am now on the top field

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The scoreboard.

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this is where I have my breakfast

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the skyscrapers are emerging from the desert mist..

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i wouldn't sit here and have a drink…too much risk of falling off..

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A little gap

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The day promises to be a brilliant one..

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Reaching the pool

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with this lovely horse statue

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With a wooden screen

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And there’s my room on the left..