As we didn't get to bed 'till gone 5am much of the morning was spent catching up on sleep and we spent the whole day in out jimjams. We sent Steph into Stamford to get Chinese take away and watched DVDs of Britain's Most Haunted. Then Ted set up the video and we watched an old home made video taken about 6 years ago of Steph, Teddy, Danny and myself doing a spoof of Britain's Most Haunted. It was hilarious, I think Susan may have peed herself a little!
Next day we drove into Stamford for a little wander then went to see the new Harry Potter film with the family and the Rush boys, who are practically family anyway. Susan cried, bless her.
Then we all went out for dinner as it was our last night.
Wednesday morning was all about finishing our packing and having to make those horrible goodbyes. Then heading off to Heathrow for our flight to Dubai. We had a long wait in Heathrow and the flight to Dubai was 7 hours and we got very little sleep.
When we checked into our hotel we went up to our room and made the fatal mistake of having a "little lay down" We slept for 8 hours! When we woke up it was late afternoon so we had a quick shower then headed out to see a little of the city. We were interested in booking the open top bus tour (surprise, surprise) and the booking office was around the corner from our hotel so we decided to walk. Our hotel receptionist advised us to take a taxi but it didn't look far, once we stepped outside we understood why she advised a taxi!! It was scorching! Apparently no-one walks anywhere here in the Summer months. All the expats leave for summer and it's their quietest time for tourism because it's just so damned hot! We were too late to do the bus tour so we took a taxi to check out one of the huge shopping malls they have here. They don't do small in Dubai! This particular mall has a ski slope, as they do.
Next morning we got to do not only one bus tour but two!! We also did an evening panoramic tour, as well as a Dhow trip on the Dubai Creek. The architecture here is amazing. Everytime you think you've just seen an amazing sight, you turn around and see an even better one. Man made islands, skyscrapers, mosques, shopping malls, forts, palaces (no pics of the palaces I'm afraid, as it's not allowed) The world largest building, the worlds largest hotel, the only 7 star hotel, largest man made island (which can be seen from space) Apparently they amount of sand used to make Palm Island is enough to build a 3 meter high wall that would circle the globe 3 times! That woulda taken a big bucket and spade!
The was so much to do, I was really surprised. I thought it would all just be about shopping, but there is so much more here. Not that you'd be disappointed with the shopping. Still I dunno what all the fuss is about with these malls. Sure they have ski slopes, ice rinks, waterfalls, aquariums, pyramids and every designer shop you can shake a stick at, but no Big W anywhere!! Pfft.
Time for a quick drink in the bar then up early for our flight home. Not looking forward to that - 17 hours stuck on a plane is not my idea of fun, especially when your holiday is over!