Sunday, March 22, 2015

Destination Dubai

To be honest, we didn't expect to like Dubai. This was a last-minute, rather short vacation trip. Visiting Dubai a few years back on business didn't leave the impression of a place where one could relax. Yet here we are: fresh, recharged and so happy after our week-long break on Jumeirah Beach. It was heaven.
The area we stayed at, called The Beach, a walking distance from Dubai Marina, has everything: from delicious food in a myriad of nearby restaurants & cafes (including Le Pain Quotidien, Carluccio's, Paul's, Magnolia Bakery, Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, to name a few), to a long white sandy beach, with a view of Atlantis hotel and Burj Al Arab. The hotel, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, had a fantastic level of customer service, the most comfortable bed, excellent lounge with an infinity pool. 
We absolutely loved the dessert safari (easily arranged by the hotel) and sailing trip around Marina and The Palm - must-have's while on vacation in Dubai. Long days on the beach and by the pool, walking by illuminated Dubai Marina at night - everything was easy, superbly comfortable and the weather was just perfect (+27-32C). Cannot recommend it enough for your winter break! We are definitely going back soon. 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Good Reads

Have you read anything exciting lately? Luckily, we came across not just one, but two really good reads: one based on a review in The Economist - the debut novel by Miranda July 'The First Bad Man', and the other accidentally picked up at Amsterdam airport - 'The Rosie's Project' by Graeme Simsion. Both have quite unusual narrators, and both were such a delight to read. The Rosie's project is more light-hearted, and as it turns out, is the new favourite book of Bill Gates. Give it a try - happy Sunday!