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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: PYRAMIDS AT GIZA

GIZA PYRAMIDS AND SPHINXI never really believed that I’d get to see the pyramids and the sphinx at Giza!  But, I did and I’ve also been blessed enough to see Stonehenge, Newgrange, Jerusalem, the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Giant’s Causeway, etc…………….  One of the things that amazed me about the pyramids at Giza was how close to the congested city of Cairo they are.  The sky here in this image is blue and cloudless.  If I showed you the picture I took when I turned 180 degrees, all that would be seen is an enormous cityscape capped with smog.  But, still, it’s EGYPT!!!!

 

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: JERUSALEM

JERUSALEM

Jerusalem…………the home of the 3 monotheistic religions:  Judaism, Christianity and Islam…truly a holy city.  And Bethlehem is only about 8 miles away.  Merry Christmas, my friends.

 

Copyright 2013            Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: DUBAI CREEK

DUBAI CREEK

One of the most fascinating things about Dubai is the juxtaposition of old and new.  Dubai City, with the Ruler’s Palace,  the ultra-modern Burj Kalifa , and upscale shopping centers is on one side of the Dubai Creek and Deira, with the gold souk, more modest shopping areas,  affordable housing and shopping  is is on the other.   In between, is The Creek, actually an estuary, plied by abras (water taxis big and little), floating restaurants, fabulous motor and sailing yachts and the dhows.  The dhows are wooden vessels of ancient design and travel the Middle Eastern and African coasts.  Their cargo is incredibly varied and …..interesting.  This image is of the Deira side of Dubai Creek.

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CAESEREA, ISRAEL

CAESAREA, ISRAEL

Caesarea Maritima was most likely built on the remains of Statonospyrgos (likely Tower of Staton of Sidon).  In 90 BCE, it passed into Roman hands and, in 22 BCE, Herod the Great began to develop it as a deep water port and major trading center.  It’s located on the Israeli coastal plain, halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv.  Herod also built himself a great seaside palace, complete with freshwater swimming pool….the remains of which are seen here.  The fresh water was carried via aqueducts from the mountains.  And we all thought infinity pools were the latest thing!

Copyright 2013                                    Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: DUBAI, UAE

ABRA, DUBAI, UAE

This is a “little  abra” or water taxi on Dubai Creek (which is actually an estuary of the Red Sea flowing through the center of bustling Dubai).  They ferry passengers between Dubai and Deira on either side of the Creek and can also be hired for a sightseeing tour.  There are also “big abras” offering the same ferry service.  They queue at the jetties the same way automobile taxis do at taxi ranks and are usually loaded with workers going to and fro.

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Copyright 2013                     Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: UAE CHRISTMAS TREE

$11 MILLION CHRISTMAS TREE

Two years ago, I  was stranded in the United Arab Emirates at Christmas because of terrible snowstorms across Ireland and England.  I was delighted to find, in this very Muslim country, many Christmas decorations and carols being played.  Of course, being the UAE, this Christmas tree is “over the top”….it’s decorated with $11 MILLION worth of jewelry!  It was in the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and was very well-guarded.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

NOLLAIG SHONA DHUIT

Copyright 2012                        Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CRANES IN DUBAI, UAE

I really enjoyed seeing the red, white and blue when I was homesick in Dubai.  The crane may be the national bird of Dubai. 

copyright Mary Jane E Clark 2011

 

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