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Museum of Islamic Art @ Doha, Qatar (P2)

Hi Everyone,

Let’s continue visiting the Museum of Islamic Art at Doha. As mentioned yesterday, there are many rooms with various themes in the museum. There are different collections from around the world with various themes and most importantly, they are from different eras which makes it very interesting.

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I was amazed at all the patterns and colours used on these tiles and wall displays. Designs back in the days are actually more creative than modern art in my opinion. At the same time, it feels like the current designs we have are just inspirations from what was developed hundreds of years ago.

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The below are ones that are made from wood. The workmanship is of high quality and is all done without machines. Remember now we have technology that could make everything perfect through machinery but these ones are all done by the worker’s skills.

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Another piece I like was this document holder. Look at that design. It makes me scared to actually use it as it looks too delicate to be one. Or even the compass, look how each item has been made with thought and with good use of material.

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There are just too many things to see and explore. They all represent something significant in their country and era which is why they are bring displayed here. They could be something we can obtain now in 2019 but back in the days, things are difficult and maybe considered important or valuable tools/objects. Below are some of the displays I really liked and would like to share them with you.

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Travelgirl

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Museum of Islamic Art @ Doha, Qatar

Hi Everyone,

Many people stay indoors during the day in Doha as the heat is just a bit too hot for some people. As tourists, w would try to also find things to do during the day but of course, would be indoors. We took the opportunity to visit the Museum of Islamic Art. We ordered an Uber and arrived around 15 minutes after leaving our hotel.

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The heat hit us immediately once we got out of the Uber. The museum is built on a man made area with water surrounding the area. As you can see below, there are lots of open space but nobody was out due to the sun and heat right in the middle of the day. This museum houses many different treasures from around the world. After some quick snaps, we quickly made our way inside.

Before you go to the museum, make sure you wear appropriate clothing. This includes no singles for both men and women, no mini shorts and skirts for females or any revealing clothings. There is no entry fee either which was great for those visiting and want to visit numerous times as there is so much to see. If you check the website, there are many floors and rooms to explore so be prepared for a full day visit.

We explored many rooms and some of them had some really interesting collection. Below are some of the things from the first few rooms I loved. I love details on these bowls and jug. It just seems so precious to use and is best to have them displayed so other people can appreciate them as well. As the museum has lots to offer, I will share with you the different collections I enjoyed in the coming blogs.

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Travelgirl

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Milk Flower @ Chatstwood, Australia

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Today we went past a new drink store at Chatswood called Milk Flower. We heard about them previously at another store in Burwood and now they have opened a few more around Sydney. Apparently, this week was their soft opening and there was a huge crowd waiting for their drinks. During this soft opening, they are having a special – 20% off their signature drink or 50% off the second drink from the yoghurt section.

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They have a very small menu of drinks which was great for those who are always indecisive. I ordered a mango purple rice yoghurt and my other half ordered their signature Milk Flower drink. It literally took 15 minutes to get our drink due to the number of orders they had. I didn’t get to take a photo of the signature drink as my other half had it before I could even take a proper picture.

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The drink was heavy I guess from the yoghurt and purple rice. You need to share it properly before you drink it. There is a picture below on the below and after I shook it. It has a good balance of yoghurt and mango bits inside. There were bits of purple rice in the drink which makes this drink very heavy. The taste was nice and I really liked the mango part of the drink. I can even say its a meal in itself! Personally, I prefer the usual bubble teas as this is really is too thick for my liking and having this after lunch made it harder to finish.

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Travelgirl

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Katara Cultural Village @ Doha, Qatar

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People in Doha tend to go out late at night as the weather is cooler than during the day. The weather during the day could be at least 35 degrees heat and due to their culture, people are all covered up including tourists. This will make going during the day difficult but by night, the city comes to life. While in Doha, we decided to make a quick visit to Katara Cultural Village. We took an Uber and the driver took us there very quickly.

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The first thing I’ve noticed about Katara Cultural Village was the lack of lights. It was dark in most places but people seem was happy doing their own things. We were also told that kids in Doha sleep late due to the late even lifestyle. We arrived at Katara Cultural Village just at 11pm and was surprised that families were still out and about happily kicking a ball or riding bikes around the open area. To be honest, I wasn’t able to take many pictures as the place was pitch dark.

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There were some places with lights including cafe, restaurants and convenient stores. We walked towards the multi-purpose hall and everyone was just sitting around the enjoying the nice cool evening breeze with the sound of waves surrounding them as we were close to Katara Beach. If I do go to Doha again, I would try to visit Katara Cultural Village during the day (combating the heat) as I can imagine how nice the village would be with their traditional architecture.

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Travelgirl

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Travelgirl’s Review – Anahola Granola

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One of my friends came back from Hawaii and gave me a whole heap of stuff as souvenirs. One of them was a pack of granola. Here in Sydney, good quality ones are expensive so I was pretty excited to try these ones from overseas. She bought me a tropical one with a combo of macadamia nuts, papaya, pineapple, sweet coconut, oats, seeds and honey. The pack was a nice size and allowed me to have 6 bowls ie 6 breakfasts. This brand is a Hawaiian brand so definitely hard to find here in Sydney. If you do know of anywhere that sells this here, please let me know!

 

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As you can see, there are lots of ingredients there. Lots of goodness to start the day off for breakfast. I have to say, I don’t eat much cereal normally but this one is definitely something to look for. The amount of coconut and pineapple really turns the boring nuts and oats to an amazing bowl of goodness. As it is packed with different things, you do get full from a small bowl.

If you are in Hawaii for a holiday, do look out for this. Highly recommended!

 

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Travelgirl

 

 

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77 Sushi @ Krakow, Poland

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I have been meaning to write about this restaurant but have been hesitant. The reason being is this might be one of the most expensive Japanese meal we have had for a long time (with basic menu options with no expensive produce). The reason we decided to have this Japanese meal was Baby M really wanted Asian noodles as we haven’t had them for a few weeks in Europe. We quickly had a look at the menu and we decided to give it a go.

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Let’s have a look at the menu first. What I like about the place was they had a separate kids menu which was perfect for us. The normal adult menu was quite extensive as well. We were pretty impressed with the selection all the way in Poland!

First, they gave us a seaweed appetiser complimentary from the restaurant. Then we ordered a salmon tarte, two kids soba soup noodles and a variety of nigiri. For drinks, we just ordered some still water. Here comes our food.

The salmon tarte was delicious! It is actually better than the ones we get in Sydney! The noodles were most needed for the kids and they scoffed it down. The nigiri was average. Some of them didn’t feel that fresh but it was acceptable.

What I like about the restaurant was they gave the kids some activities to do while we waited for the food. The service was really good considering they were so busy. There were a lot of people at the restaurant so I guess it is a well known branch in Krakow. The only thing that was a shock to us was the price. We knew the prices of course when we ordered but was shocked how much they charge for Japanese food considering the other cuisines we had there so far was relatively cheap. If you don’t look at the price, the meal was very enjoyable all the way in Poland.

 

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Travelgirl

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Baroque Gardens of Bratislava @ Bratislava, Slovakia

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After our visit at the Bratislava Castle, we went to check out Baroque Gardens which is right behind the castle. It is one the must see attractions when you visit Bratislava as it is very close to the castle therefore most people will pay a visit.

It is free entry so you can enjoy your time in the garden. It is not very big like some of the parks around the city but it is sure a special one. When you walk in, you can see that the garden has been designed carefully like a special art work. While we were researching, we can see that depending on the season, there would be various flowers planted around to make it a picturesque for visits to take photos and enjoy. If you stand on top of the stairs, it’s like a beautiful art work.

As we visited during winter, there weren’t any flowers unfortunately so we just see green and simple garden. I can imagine summer months this garden will be so colourful!

Along the side of the garden, we see rows of plants and statue like on the tall walls. It matches the castle which is next door. As it was getting cold in the afternoon, we decided not to stay too long and headed back to the car. Just a reminder that the garden is not pram friendly due to the stones on the floor. Be prepared to take your little ones out of the pram and walk around the garden.

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Travelgirl