|Mural - Abu Dhabi|
In a Winter WonderlandWere we ever off base! First, it is winter in the Middle East. While we tourists from Greece (it is in the 50F back there) are basking in temperatures hovering at the low 80’s, department stores are selling coats, sweaters and woolen scarves. It is cold here for the locals.
More than once we heard the refrain playing in the malls, “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but inside it’s so delightful, let it snow, let it snow, let is snow.” And the malls had snowflakes hanging right along side banners of their ruler, the Emir.
|Snowflakes in an Abu Dhabi Mall|
The Festive SeasonAnd the decorations sure looks like Christmas but here it is called The Festive Season. It comes complete with gaily decorated evergreens (Christmas trees) and even gingerbread houses.
|Tree trunk goes up in Emirates Palace Hotel - Abu Dhabi|
|Gingerbread house construction at the Emirates Palace Hotel|
The most beautiful displays we happened upon were in The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India. I could have spent a day photographing its many scenes and settings in its common areas.
|Lobby Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai|
|Lobby of the Taj Mahal Hotel|
Sailing into the HolidaysAs our cruise comes to an end this week many of our fellow passengers are making plans to go home, hit the deck running and get the festivities and decorations underway. It has been fun though enjoying those throughout the ship – no muss, no fuss for any of us!
|Celebrity Constellation lobby|
|Decorations on the Celebrity Constellation|
|May it be magical|
Through My Lens
Our World Tuesday
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