Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be moving to a foreign country to live, let alone a country in the Middle East. Over the 2009 Christmas and New Year’s holidays, my husband Roger and I discussed what we wanted the next part of our life to be like. He thought that before retiring, he would like to do one more airport project but only if he could find something very interesting. I half-jokingly agreed that would be fine but could he try for an exotic location? As usual, Roger came through and soon we were headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This blog is a recap of our "leap-of- faith" wanderings around the Middle East and beyond. We joyfully share these expat experiences.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blogging Boomer Carnival #286

The Blogging Boomers are seeking answers this week!  

What exactly did the Hubble Space telescope see? Did your grandchildren’s school receive a grant to secure locally produced foods? Uncertainty is a way of life as we age, how are you coping? Where in the world do people live the longest? How exactly does one get Lucky in Sharjah, UAE?

Read on for the answers.  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Istanbul Travel . . . St. Savior’s Chora Church - A Treasure among the Sultans’ Jewels.

St. Savior's Church Chora
Istanbul is a city of never ending experiences. Here Roger and I find a few real jewels among the Sultan’s treasures. 

The Seven Hills Hotel with its delicious roof top seafood restaurant overlooking the Bosporus, a horse-drawn phaetom ride through Bayukada in the Princes’ Islands just a short breezy ferry trip from the city and what I consider the highlight of our visit - a small 1300th century church containing some of the finest Byzantine mosaics and frescoes – St. Savior’s Church Chora, in Turkish  - Kariye Műzesi. 

The church is simply the most beautiful I have ever seen.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Veteran's Day Boomer Blogger Carnival #285

Happy Veterans Day to all the American men and women who have served in our armed services protecting our great country. This week Boomers are writing about the leadership principals learned by our veterans, how we boomers have weathered the recent storms - the "Recession Storm" and "Super Storm Sandy," and how the 2012 election will effect the American consumer.

For fun, ditch the pies on Thanksgiving and try an incredible Chocolate Molten Cake while you enjoy some "arm chair" travel to Turkey for a look at a collection of the most amazing Byzantine mosaics and frescoes at the 13th century Chora Church.

Read more  . . . Boomer Blogger Carnival #285 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"Thai Hands On" Cooking in Dubai

Chef Roger
Dubai is an intriguing international city that vibrates with an unbridled appetite for grandness. This grandness can be seen all over the city, but tasting it in the city’s vast offerings of restaurants is an experience.

For the adventurous there are small ethnic food “cafeterias” tucked into every nook and cranny in the old section and for the rest of us there are the 5 star restaurants operated by some of today’s most celebrated chefs.  

Lynn & Katie

But once a year, the most sought after reservation in Dubai is at a stylish private villa on the infamous Palm Jumeirah Island, the world’s largest man-made island.