|The smog and sand are evident in this photo we took from our rental of Atlantis at Palm Jumeriah. Again today, the air is thick and the sky overcast.|
|Venturing out onto the street we wondered if the huge number of towering buildings are actually occupied. New construction continues in Dubai in light of the world’s tough economic conditions.|
In a perfect world, we’d already be buzzing around Dubai checking out the sights and sounds of this unique city.
|In my “old life” I squirmed in elevators. No more! We can’t wait to go to Burj Khalifa to the observation deck on the 124th floor. Our current “home” is on the 47th floor, taking about 30 seconds. The entire elevator is mirrored. Our building is newer, conveniently located with the finest décor and amenities. We’re content here for yet another 11 days until we fly back to Barcelona (our first flight since departing Minnesota 7 months ago).|
Alas, the virus I contracted on the ship has left me too weak to get out much as I recover a little each day. It finally has turned the corner after an entire week of uncomfortable symptoms. So we ventured out for a short time taking these few photos. More will follow in the days to come.
|Can’t wait to feel well enough to use the well equipped gym in our building.|
|This is one of several pools at our building. There’s a full-sized private pool in each of the locker rooms with lifeguards on duty at all time. The guy in this photo is the outdoor pool lifeguard.|
|The pool in the ladies locker room with yet another in the men’s.|
|Walking through the construction zone, we found this restaurant located in the Tamani Hotel where we had an elegant breakfast and reasonably good coffee.|
|Tom busily perused the menu, doing the math in his head to convert prices from dirhams to US. Yes, it was pricier than Denny’s but well worth the $35 we spent for our breakfast.|
|US $1 is $.37 AED, thus a $30 appetizer is US $8.17. With an app on our phone, it’s convenient to calculate the difference.|
|We both had the same breakfast, omelet with cheese (mine also with veggies), beef bacon, turkey sausages, sautéed mushroom and roasted tomatoes. Those little green sticks are the tiniest baby asparagus I’ve ever seen. I ate Tom’s, of course.|
|Le Meridian Hotel across the road from our building.|
Hopefully, the sun comes out today encouraging us to spend an hour at the pool. Perhaps, the warm air, cool pool water and some power lounging will return me to my usual energetic self.