Olives! They grow here in abundance much to my surprise.Brunch ready! Everything old and trusted: Burberry white cotton shirt, vintage Cacharel silk paisley print skirt, Sam Edelman snake print and metallic flats. Because I have such wide feet, thong sandals do not work but these are the closest I can get. I’m falling in love more and more with my one and only white cotton shirt! And of course my Kelly 28cm 🙂 I went for a walk in the garden for the first time and found it to be very peaceful, lush and so pleasant. Whenever there’s a breakfast buffet I make it my business to try as many things as I can and so that’s why it always ends up being brunch. Normally I’m pretty conservative but this is the one time I throw caution – mostly – to the wind and sample what there is on offer, afterall, the only things I’ve ever regretted in my life so far, are the things I didn’t do.
An outdoor swimming pool….all to myself practically. The water was cold but I’m used to it. Other folks only dipped their toes in, shivered and threw themselves back on their sun loungers.It was lovely but quite unsafe with no lifeguard around or lifebuoy ring or anything else remotely connected to any safety considerations. However, my adventure to come beat all that hands down! The garden was full of olive trees laden with fruit – some had already turned black. I’d never seen olive trees before and almost missed them except for the copious amount of fruit.It definitely was not a barren desert place. 2 small brown birds regularly flew in and out of the breakfast hall eating the crumbs. Inside the hotel itself there was pattern and colour everywhere. I just loved this little feature above and the fattest cushions I ever saw! We went off on a tour bus for shopping and strolling round an open air market so I had to wear trousers due to the mosquitoes that always, always bite me. Sam Edelman’s patent pointy sling backs were perfect. They have a tiny little wedge heel that makes them super comfortable. Actually there were tons of people so I had to put my Kelly into the Envirosax I always carry with me to avoid any mishaps.
And so we entered Aladdin’s cave. The place was stuffed with ornate items of every kind. The region is famous for coloured glass like this. And rugs and kilim rugs – did I mention them yet, this place had over 7,000 pieces! None of them the same. This chess was carved in separate sections and put together at the end. It’s camel bone.
A little spice stall. A lot of the spices were in their natural state and you had to request a piece or an amount to be ground up. They looked so pretty like this.
By the time we left the market after dark, it was heaving with people. They were shopping, haggling, drinking tea, eating – waiters shove their menus in your face as you pass. There was music and dancing. Oh I wish I dared to take some pictures because there were some veiled ‘women’ dancers who looked awfully flat chested. I mean they were tall and slim to the point of being wiry whereas the rest of the local women hurrying about with toddlers tied to their backs doing their shopping, were short and round. Hmmmm! There were also snake charmers and live monkeys. The music was quite hypnotic in fact and I realised that this must have been the life centre of the city way back when. It’s easy to forget in our time of technology that this is where everybody went for everything.
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