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Being officially on holiday is absolutely incredible. I had never been to Dubai and nothing replaces the pinch of excitement that I get when I go to a new place.

That being said, when we arrived at the hotel I felt that we were in Knightsbridge (the poshest area in London). Everybody was speaking Russian, and was skinny with blonde highlights. My first reaction was that Dubai seemed to be London under the sun.

It became even worse when we hit the breakfast buffet this morning. At the next tables, all the women looked vaguely similar, in a way that I couldn’t really define. It felt a bit weird-in a creepy way… It wasn’t the haircut or the age or even the silhouette. I simply couldn’t put my finger on it. After another cup of coffee and yet another glance, it finally dawned on me: they all had the same shape of nose. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a remarkable nose, it was actually just perfect. The oval of the nostrils was just a little bit larger than for natural noses, more like circles. The base was just too perfectly symmetrical. Cosmetic surgery. They must have gone to the same surgeon. A package deal perhaps.

But all was soon forgotten when we went to the desert and started rolling the dunes. I had never been to the desert and somehow such landscapes have a soothing effect. It is difficult to explain: all my usual points of reference were gone, and I had to learn that there were different types of sand dunes, and you must adapt the way you drive to each of them. I loved everything about the whole experience, starting with the spicy smell of Arabic coffee, and even when we got stuck at the top of a dune and had to be pulled by another car of the convoy. What is not to love about the whole experience?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • sounds amazing Muriel – can’t wait to hear more!

  • MuMuGB

    It is amazing…I badly needed a holiday!

  • Thom Brown

    Keep the stories coming, please.

  • You went on the desert safari!! That sure kicks in a lot of fun 🙂
    Surprising about the hotel ladies, which hotel are you putting in?

  • Jpage Manuel

    I guess this is a perfect way to spend the holidays for you, Muriel…travel and excitement! I hope it keeps getting better minus the sight of the too perfect-artificial beings 😉

  • MuMuGB

    It is indeed the perfect holiday…as for the artificial beings, I don’t really care…take care, Joy!

  • MuMuGB

    The safari was fantastic! I need to book a holiday just trekking in the desert. I am sure that you knew about it but I had to admit that I didn’t !

  • MuMuGB

    I will, Thomas, I will. I didn’t know it was going to be so much fun!

  • That special feeling of excitement when travelling to an unknown destination – all senses fully concentrated on the new experiences to come, I know what you mean, great sensations.

    The breakfast scene reminds me of that movie “The Bedford Wives” (? help, I have forgotten the title!), in which men transformed their wives to Barbie like creatures and behaviour. Unfortunately, you find them all over the world at the most beautiful spots, sometimes difficult to blend them out.

    Lovely to read about your desert adventures, specially when looking outside at the winter scenery, did you take any pictures? Enjoy your holidays and take some warmth back to London.

  • MuMuGB

    Hello Barbara! Thanks again for your kind comments. I did take some pics but somehow I can’t upload them…very frustrating indeed! Anyway, I will post them when I am back! I think that I am not very good with technology I suppose. Must be getting older! Xx

  • Penelope J

    Find your account fascinating, especially the part about feeling like you were in Knightsbridge because everyone was speaking Russian (understand but couldn’t wrap my mind around that one) and the noses being similar/the same.

    As for the trip through the dunes, I’ve done that and know how it feels.

    Look forward to more stories from you about Dubai.

  • Elizabeth Young

    I love sand dunes! I am sure you will have an absolutely wonderful holiday in Dubai and there will be many ‘teachable moments’ for your daughters and readers! Enjoy the rest and return refreshed. In Barrie we just had our first snow blizzard of the year yesterday!

  • MuMuGB

    Thanks Elizabeth! Snow blizzard in Barrie? Poor you. Well, keep safe and stay warm!

  • MuMuGB

    Hello Penelope! How is it going in San Diego? I loveDubai, even if it feels like London (lots of Russians in London too…). Or maybe, that’s what I love about Dubai – it feels like home!

  • I love that description of the desert being soothing. Now that I think about, I think that’s what I loved about the oasis and sand mountains we visited in the south of Peru. =) Hope you thoroughly enjoy yourself there, Muriel! =)

  • I’m glad you took time out.