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First Day in Dubai, UAE

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Typically cloudless and sunny, we were greeted to cloudy and windy with air infused sand and dust!

Up early, but slow start.  Jessica is off to work at her kindergarten teaching job at Dubai American Academy literally a five minute walk from her apartment to her classroom!  Today, (Thursday and the last day of the week) was parent-teacher conferences, so Dallas and I were treated to a real tour of her classroom, school, and met a few of her teacher friends.

After spending some time wandering around the area, we were back to the apartment for a nap.

Jessica returned in the mid afternoon and she had plans to walk our feet off.

First to Dubai Miracle Garden – the wind was wicked with sand and dust absolutely a challenge for eyes and throats.  Some people were wearing face masks.  Yes, the garden is touristy, but judging from the number of families,  I suspect many were locals looking for a bit of color and escape from the concrete jungle of everyday.  The air quality inside the garden was aided by tall trees surrounding the park.

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Dubai Miracle GardenEmirates Airline has teamed up with Dubai Miracle Garden to construct the world’s largest floral installation through a life-size version of the Emirates A380, covered in more than 500,000 fresh flowers and living plants. When in full bloom, the aircraft structure will have an unprecedented total stem count of 5 million flowers and will weigh over 100 tonnes (take-off weight of an actual A380 is 575 tonnes).
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Dubai Miracle Garden – small replica of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, surrounded by masses of beautiful flowers infusing the whole area with pleasant sights and smells.

Just before dusk, we drove then to Global Village – This park opens at 5pm, because truly it is best enjoyed after dark to appreciate the lights, sounds, action, and each country providing quality dance exhibitions all included in your ticket.  Mostly, this is a chance for countries to sell and promote their wares, but it was fun to peruse the stalls.  Bear in mind, we Westerners are not all that used to hawkers and they are in full force.  Just politely say no thank you (sometimes multiple times) and move on or jump in  for the thrill of snagging a great deal.

Big day tomorrow!

tauna

Memorial Day – USA

Although the focus of Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day) is for our fallen war veterans (and rightly so), most of us also use this time to remember and honor our family and friends who have died as well. My routine is to take fresh flowers to the graves of my grandparents, Virgil Lee and Virginia Lea (Pulliam) Falconer, my dad, Stanley Lee Falconer, my great grandparents, Dallas and Hermia (Bowyer) Falconer, and Susan Emily Pulliam. Last year (2014) with Memorial Day a bit earlier and the extended cold winter, there were few flowers about and no roses at all. So I started looking for attractive greenery. These included eastern red cedar branches and wild grape vines stuck in with the few irises and peony blossoms made for what I thought was an attractive bouquet. Even tried some dusty miller, but it wilts too quickly.

Although it is cold again this year (2015) and Memorial Day is early, we have had an abundance of flowers for decorations.  I liked the greenery from last year, so I still included some this year.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

tauna

Memorial Day - 2014.   With fewer flowers available due to cold weather, greenery, such as cedar trees, grapevines, and other greens contributed to a lovely bouquet.
Memorial Day – 2014. With fewer flowers available due to cold weather, greenery, such as cedar trees, grapevines, and other greens contributed to a lovely bouquet.
More flowers available, including roses.  My grandma always enjoyed roses, so I put more roses in her vase.
More flowers available, including roses. My grandma always enjoyed roses, so I put more roses in her vase.
Linneus, MO dressing up for Memorial Weekend and Day.
Linneus, MO dressing up for Memorial Weekend and Day.