Anyway back to my travels. Can you guess where I've been? Here are some more clues:
Bahrain is a small island Kingdom in the Arabian Gulf. It has a long history of oil production although not in the big league of producers. It is very progressive and is trying to encourage business and tourism. The city of Manama is a very busy place with lots of traffic, new skyscrapers, luxury apartments, hotels and shopping malls. Nearly everyone speaks very good English and all signs are in Arabic and English. My sister lives on the 29th floor of an apartment complex with stunning views as in the last picture above.There's a very relaxed, friendly and safe atmosphere.
Of course it was lovely to spend time with my sister and her husband and my daughter and her fiance came too so we had great fun. Most of the island is desert, criss crossed with oil pipes but nor real sand dunes.We visited Bahrain Fort (photo2 above) the 500 year old 'Tree of Life' in the middle of the desert (photo3) and the oil musem (photo 4).The first oil well in Bahrain struck oil in 1932.
The highlights for me were a boat trip on which we saw lots of dolphins close up and a visit to the Royal Camel Farm. The camels were really cute and we were introduced to a baby which was only 2 weeks old. Here she is with Mum:
Peek a Boo!
Getting back to reality, I did manage to finish the Christmas quilt I showed in my last post and had it on display at my quilt group coffee morning. I will get back to sewing this week so I'll report on progress very soon - I promise I won't leave it so long next time!!