Happy Birthday, Japanese Emperor

Among the many fabulous things I’ve learned and experienced here, last night was pretty close to the top. We were invited by our wonderful friends, the Ambassador of Japan and his most wonderful and fun wife to celebrate the Emperor of Japan’s 80th birthday. *real invitation below. Upon arrival, the ballroom was filled with other […]

Royal British Red Arrows flew over our apt!

Stopping by after their recent air show in Dubai and preparing for the UAE National Day celebration, the British Red Arrows danced in the air for our enjoyment. Take a look!   Here’s a video I took from our balcony; (click on underlined link) it’s short, but beautiful! British Red Arrows This is an example […]

Israel trip, part 2

We headed out with Jeremy Aron, our private tour educator, from Da’at Tours. I highly recommend them both.  Driving, we saw Jerusalem, Old City: Church of the Holy Sephulcher , the Al-Aqsa Mosque (only from the outside), the Western wall, and Yad Vashem, holocaust remembrance. Meal: GF falafel: Jewish quarter Cafe Arova. Amazing day! Day […]

My favorite mode of transport….

The Abu Dhabi bus is my favorite way to get around. Abu Dhabi’s modern air-conditioned buses operate round-the-clock. The service is easy to use, with passengers hopping in and out of any bus by placing two Dirham coins in the collection box next to the driver. That is approx. .50US. They don’t make change, FYI. Most […]