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After a lovely Friday in Bahrain, spent viewing a UNESCO listed archaeological site, and dining at two great restaurants in Manama, my colleague and I were unsure of how to spend Saturday. I started the day with more running on the treadmill and weights, and climbed the 6 flights of stairs to and from my room several times. After a tasty breakfast, we set off to walk along the Corniche, expecting it to be as lovely as the corniches in Abu Dhabi and Doha. We were sadly disappointed to discover that it is run-down, broken, dirty and in desperate need of a face-lift.
We walked to the Bahrain National Museum feeling increasingly despondent as temperatures rose and our pace slowed down. I perked up when we reached the beautiful sculpture garden at the museum. There are marble sculptures there that represent each of the gulf countries. I was mesmerised by them and could have spent hours longer just enjoying walking among them and running my hands over the cool marble.
We walked back to the hotel via Houra and parted company. I realised that is was still daytime in Australia and sat in the reception area of the hotel where the WiFi reception is strongest. I was enthralled to spend a whole hour talking to my darling children and husband. I made myself so comfortable in that time that I took off my shoes and stretched out on the lounge while we chatted on Skype. Thankfully none of the hotel staff or other guests bothered me.
From there I set out for Adliya in search of a shisha lounge once again but this time informed by TimeOut Bahrain about which establishments offer shisha. I searched but again failed to find one so I backtracked to an immensely popular Parisian footpath cafe called Lilou. I chose a table outdoors behind a tree and was given a perfect vantage point to people watch without being watched in return. I have talked before about the array of abayas but what I saw in Adliya eclipsed all of those. They were stunning, some with flounces and frills, others with brown patterns, some with a thick grey stripe, some made of satin, one in blue, and all of them worn by beautiful young women who dripped style and money.
I started with a milkshake made with homemade chocolate icecream and a fresh banana. I sipped this and read my book while surreptitiously watching the glamorous young Arab men and women. Next I had a salad of fried Camembert, rocket, cherry tomato, hazelnut, sultanas and a sweet balsamic dressing, with a side of French fries. It was all delicious and gave me plenty of time to linger. There was a constant procession of expensive cars parading past and at one point I suffered some hearing damage when a Porsche performed a sonic boom from undue acceleration. It was a very relaxing way to spend the afternoon and a perfect end to a lovely weekend in Bahrain, taking a break from life in Saudi Arabia.
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