Saturday, October 21, 2023

Boat tour, Cote d'Azur, Nice

Last Wednesday, we have a group boat ride, tour of Cote d'Azur. I enjoyed it. Thanks Tholos for that tour.

My hotel for 3 nights there, Le Meridien, seen from the boat.

The coast of Nice, Cote d'Azur

Last Wednesday we talked through this part of the coast of going to the port of Nice, France. Nice place, although the white stuff are not sand but small white stones and pebbles.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Saudi, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Turkey from the air

The plane from Dubai to Nice, France took off past 6am local time, lucky that I was on a window seat on the left but the left wing of the plane covers my view. So it passed by the Persian Gulf. Later I saw many rounded structures, looked like oil storage facilities, on the shore. I think it was Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Then an area with many high rise structures, could be Kuwait. Then Iraq. Saudi, Kuwait, Iraq, just flat, very little structures or farms, mainly for oil gas extraction.

The huge Tigris River in northern Iraq could be one of the big rivers seen from the air but I could not identify them.

I don't know what lake is this. Still in Iraq. Then the plane turned left after passing Iraq, it could be Syria and the plane avoided its airspace. It is a bit mountainous but still no vegetation.

Kirsehir, going to Ankara, a big wide white lake on the left. I forgot to take photo.

When the plane has reached Europe, from northern Turkey to Bulgaria, Serbia, there were vegetations in the mountains and valleys already.

Dubai Airport

This is the first time I set foot in the Middle East, the famous city of United Arab Emirates (UAE). I landed yesterday from Nice, France. At 12 midnight Thursday, there were many people and passengers.

There are many flights even at midnight. Something like one activity (take off, landing) every 2-3 minutes, at midnight. 

Last Monday Oct 16 I landed there from Manila, Emirates air. Not many travellers when we arrived around 4.40am.

Note that this is early morning of Monday, meaining people have arrived here midnight or earlier.

Departure lounge before boarding. Wide, spacious and we'll lighted.

Dubai international hotel. And gold shop.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Buildings in Nice, France

Here at Nice airport waiting for my flight back home. I was fascinated by these buildings and architecture in Nice, France.