THESE FEET WERE MADE FOR WALKING…
…especially if you treat them to a one of a kind, sequinned, bright and bendy pair of no-right-no-left-same-same little slip ons from the Bur Dubai market. They’ll walk and walk and walk, feeling all pretty and good about themselves, making you smile every time you tilt your head down to sneak another look at your feet.
While Mum was here, we got to explore some of Dubai’s finest hidden gems (and some not so hidden and very much in your face please come and buy ten pashminas and Gucci Prada Chanel just step into my shop right this way Gucci Gucci Gucci where are you from hello?) along the creek. We explored the old, traditionally built Bastakiya quarter, where we found galleries full of beautiful and thought provoking art, and quiet little courtyards serving delicate rose cheesecake and coffees.
I’d love to share some of my favourites from our walk, although there are of course enough sights and sounds and impressions and guided walks and talks and leaflets to fill a whole book. And someone’s most likely already done that, but.. These are some my faves, from that particular day. Of course we saw so much more, including a whole street of fabric shops, where we picked up some sweet, printed cotton fabrics. I’ve sent a whole bunch back with Mum, and I’m hoping she’ll be using her magic to turn them into something spectacularly cute and wearable.
And that blurred out lady in some of the shots? Well, she’s also my fave.
We literally stumbled into Hindi Lane, which I’d never even heard of, when we took a wrong (right?) turn. Such a fascinating place, this narrow lane, so calm and so beautifully adorned with Hindu prayer offerings, making you dream of India.
Majlis Gallery. Wow. So much beauty here, from furniture to large oil paintings to delicate ceramics to wood carving and photographs. I also discovered they run workshops for artists — sign me up!
XVA Art Hotel. What an experience. Not only is it an Internationally-acclaimed art gallery, it also houses an award winning vegetarian cafe. People who know me well, will know that means it ticks two major boxes of interest for me. Also, both Mum and I can highly recommend their rose cheesecake. So good.
Have you ever been to Old Dubai? What was your favourite part? When you travel and explore new places, what sort of things take priority? What are your must-do’s? Maybe it depends on the company you’re with at the time? I dare say a walk through Old Dubai and the Bastakiya quarter would not have been quite the same with Finley and Sienna, as it was with Mum.
PS. Remember that delicious chickpea salad I had last time I visited Arabian Tea House, when it was still called Basta Art Cafe? Sadly they changed it, and it was nothing near as good as I remembered it. Such a bummer.