Ramadan dinner in Dubai

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting prayer, reflection and community.

That means they don’t eat during the day, but once the sun goes down, people often gather in banquet spaces to have a big communal dinner. They used to do that in tents, so they are still referred to as tents. Even this place is still referred to as a tent, just for the occasion.

This was at the Madinat Jumeirah, which is an area with shops and restaurants, but the Dubai police in this area also help announce that fasting is over for the day by firing a cannon. It was loud and at the time I saw it, I had no idea why they were firing a cannon.

And oddly, our tent was sponsored by Lamborghini. This is their new off-road version.

Dubai, the city of skyscrapers in the desert

Notice the mural on one of these buildings.

A panoramic photo is needed to capture even some of the mass of buildings in the marina area.

Now that is a party boat!

The view from my room.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise, May 2019

World”s largest wine barrel in Heidelberg

In the Heidelberg castle is a massive wine barrel, but it is apparently empty now. Unrelated, I did confirm that Heidelberg has it’s own beer, but it isn’t the same that is in the US.

More information about the barrel is at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg_Tun

370 year old restaurant in Heidelberg

Dinner of sausage and Heidelberg wine (white) was good but the decor was the best part. They had some interesting string instruments in cases.

A day in Stuttgart

We took a day trip from Heidelberg to Stuttgart to see where Lorie’s grandmother lived before escaping/emigrating to the US. It’s now an office building!

Passing through Cologne

May 17, 2019 1 comment

On the train to Heidelberg, we pass through Cologne, which has the main train station in the center of town, right next to an old church. This is also where the train switches direction, since the train station has no exit. That means if you were sitting facing forward going into the station, you leave facing backwards.

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