Meanwhile Jennifer, Eric and I explored Abu Dhabi. I have to admit it wasn’t our favourite place. Everything was new and felt to us a little bit vulgar with old the ostentatious display of money and gold. But we found a couple of gems too. My photos illustrate our visits to Emirates Palace, the most opulent hotel I think we had ever visited. But among all the gold (see photos) we also visited twice a Lebanese restaurant that performed extremely well both visits (it was so good we had to go back with Mikee for a second meal).
And opposite our hotel (Shangri-La) Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was standing with four minarets rising more than 100 metres above ground. the courtyard of 17,000 square metres has the largest marble mosaic in the world. We went there one evening to see it lit up against the dark sky.
And the last day all of us went on desert tour. As touristic as it was, the kids enjoyed it. We went racing over the sand dunes and said hello to the camels (actually dromedars, as I learned on my desert trips a few years ago) and finished the days off with a BBQ in the desert. But all of us found the heat (35 degrees and humid) a little bit too much to handle after the previous week in Piedmont with 20 degrees and a dry climate.