Monday, May 24, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I have to say Qantas was great and provided 400 passengers with hotel rooms however the thought of sitting in a hotel room in broad daylight for 14 hours didn't fill a few of us with 2 much glee so we headed into the city to see the sights.
We took a trip on a local dhow boat along Dubai Creek, popped into the spice and gold souks and then passed the tallest building in the world, the top part lost throught the desert haze en route to Jumeirah Beach.
This beach resort area is what makes Dubai so popular as a winter sun spot, it's bright white sand, pristine beaches, glorious hotels and glinting swimming pools were positively begging to be enjoyed for a couple of days. Our flight beckoned however and after another 6 hours at Dubai airport, another 7 hour flight, a missed connection, a 7 hour layover at Heathrow, I am now finally about to board my final leg to France.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
So endeth the pity party................First stop is 4 days in a sumptous house owned by the renowned British but US based interior designer Kathryn Ireland. Kathryn and I are hosting out first trip based from her house near Montauban in SW France in September. The tour promises to be amazing with a focus not only on food and wine of course but also on interior design. There is so much to do in that delightful region of France, far from the madding crowd and I am going there to make final preparations for our September week - meeting providores, wine makers, artists, antique merchants, chefs, decorators and a whole host of other wonderful and colourful characters.
Bear with me in this blog - it's a first for me! Internet access may be limited for the next few days but I'll report back from La Belle France as soon as she lets me.