Sometimes, you feel like you’re in the zone and you know what you’re supposed to be doing and THIS IS IT.
I was destined to travel. And to plan travel. It’s in my blood. My dad is a gypsy wanderer who can’t sit still when he’s talking to you, let alone stay in one country for long. My mother was from another country, and left hers when she was still a teenager.
When I’m building an itinerary, it comes together like a symphony of checks and balances, a crescendo here, a diminuendo there … and then you’re looking at perfection. You leave little gaps for those moments when you know you’ll be tired. Another for when you know you’ll be peckish. Yet another for when you know you’ll need spiritual awakening, and to stand at the edge of something breathtaking and foreign and BEYOND. Beyond you. The life you know.
I’m literally mapping out a trip right now. Details are still in flux, but it’s shading in, like an image coming into focus, on the verge of crystal clear and blinding with its beauty. Even if it ends up falling apart, it will be beautiful in simply attempting to go on the ride.
Here’s what’s coming down the pipeline …
I’ve actually been to Dubai about 4 or 5 times, so it’s not new to me, but I’ll have the fun of trying some new things plus seeing how the emirate has changed since I was last there for a stopover (on the way to S. Africa!) in 2016. I’ll also get to show a friend who’s never seen it before, and never been to the Middle East!
|Day 1||~8 PM||Arrive @ DXB Airport. Maharba Meet & Greet
Dinner: Wing it
|Day 2||AM||Sightsee: Dubai Museum, Old Soukh, Dubai Creek, Gold Soukh
Museum Hours: Sat – Thurs (8:30 – 20:30), Fri (14:30 – 20:30)
|Lunch||Mall of the Emirates
|Dinner||Booked for 3 @ Pierchic
Requested window table overlooking Burj al Arab.
|Day 3||AM||Lunch / Spa @ Talise|
Dinner @ Khan Murjan
Call to make reservation for 3 (+971 04 327 9795)
|Day 4||10 AM
|Breakfast / Jumeirah Mosque (20 AEDpp, incl. snacks/tea for bfast)
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding hosts visits of the Grand Jumeirah Mosque 6 days a week Saturday through Thursday at 10:00am. No reservation; arrive at main entrance 9.45am. Tour lasts 75 minutes.
Burj Khalifa @ The Top (tix purchased)
Lounge (food, drink)
Casual / local / wing it
I’ve never been but have always dreamed of going to Morocco! And while our initial plan was to focus on Casablanca, all the interwebs says there isn’t much to see there and to prioritize Fez or Marrakech. So we switched up some things in our schedule and will go straight to Marrakech as soon as we land for a very tight, but exciting two days!
|Hotel Xfer: Riad Idra
Rest / Snack on the Riad rooftop
Marrakech Street Food Tour
Meet at: Poste du Maroc / Jemma el-Fna / Morocco, Marrakesh 40008. Meet your guide in front of the yellow mailbox closest to the ATM on the wall of the the post office in Jemma el-Fna square.
|Le Jardin Secret
Elegant, ornate 19th-century palace complex with traditional Islamic gardens, plus a shop & cafe.
Xfer to Casablanca