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Heydar Aliyev Museum, Azerbaijan

Finally!! I know some fellow bloggers have been waiting for this. Sorry, it took me longer to have time to write as some of you know… I have my own business now to take care of. If you be kind to browse LIKE and share my website I will truly appreciate your support. www.evemerchstore.com

Alright, back to blogging ūüėā.¬† For some of you know where we’ve been last July school holiday, Azerbaijan was a nice surprise for us and I have 2 posts before this so please check them out if you haven’t done yet.

Heydar Aliyev Museum is a beautiful, very clean and spacious museum with full of things to discover and yes lot’s of photo ops so be ready always with selfies or two-fies with your loved ones. The architect of this building was the famous woman ZAHA HADID who also built the Abu Dhabi famous bridge – Sheikh Zayed Bridge,¬†among other things and places around the World.¬† As per The Guardian of London, she was the “Queen of the Curve”.¬† Her biography is also a great thing to read about. Just click the link on these names and it will bring you to another tab to read for later because you have to finish my blog first haha!

You perhaps can now sense why she’s the “Queen of the Curve” isn’t it obvious as shown in the photos above?¬†

The Museum is fascinating! I guarantee that you will learn a lot! things that you never heard before or known things before this. For example like they have so many dolls there as below.  Some are weird and some are really interesting!  I remember I did recognize a few dolls there that perhaps I have seen either in books or a movie?

Below are the places that we didn’t get the chance to visit in Azerbaijan.¬† This is just a miniature what more if you see the real-life size of these buildings?!¬† I cannot put it all here so there are some more in my album that I cannot share here, sorry.

If you are going as per the hop on hop off tour bus better make sure you ask the driver for the arrival schedule at the museum.¬† Have 2-time options as it can take more than an hour to see it all plus they have a nice garden coffee shop on the ground floor but I don’t recommend if you are really hungry.¬† Only little snacks and coffee.

It’s best you see this for yourself one day.¬† They are really worth the trip when you are in Baku, Azerbaijan.¬† I hope you like this post for all those who love museums like me.¬† Thanks for your time, like and the comment will be much appreciated. Cheers!

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Destination: Azerbaijan ūüá¶ūüáŅ

“I wish travel therapy was covered by my health insurance!”¬† by anonymous

Sightseeing, discovering other culture, taste their foods are always our agenda every time we go travel. But we’re surprised to know so little of this country.

Azerbaijan was under USSR and like other neighboring Countries they became independent.  So many places to discover and here I show you some.

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Discovering around the City of Baku

  1. The Flame Tower

2.¬†The Maiden Tower.¬† Discover what’s inside.

3.  Discover the old world inside their medieval walled inner City.  Every alleys speak of history.  You will be amazed there are some similarities in Europe!

¬†4.¬†Around Fountain Square.¬† Yes so many fountains around though I don’t show it here but I save those for later.

5.¬†¬†The View on top¬† 6.¬†¬†Heydar Aliyev Museum. More of this awesome structure on my next post as it deserves it’s own limelight. Please wait for it.¬† Cheers!

7.  Milli Park at night is full of people with friends & families enjoying the sights and foods with so many restaurants around catering to locals & tourists.

8.¬†¬†The Carpet Museum.¬†You will see this inside Milli Park. Beautiful architecture!¬† ¬†9.¬†¬†And these are the places we haven’t got the time to explore, sad to say.

10.¬† The foods are mixed with some Asian and Arab spices.¬† Although mostly a Muslim Country, you can order some alcohol even in some restaurants inside the Park.¬† Surprisingly, they also produce their own wine!¬† They had a thriving wine industry dated back in the old days, second millenium BC.¬† Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to taste it but I read from one blogger that it has a sweet taste and she likes it very much!

Will I go back to Azerbaijan?¬† I would love to!!¬† But for all those who knows my “life story” so far I cannot say when, as our life seems in constant change!¬† Be it fortunate or not it depends on the person reading all my posts.¬† For now… I am grateful to be a wanderer.¬† My love for travels cannot keep me in one place only.¬† FOLLOW me and you will see some of my adventures ahead.¬† Thanks for all the follows and the casual checking from other bloggers.¬† I do appreciate it.

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Destination: Louvre Abu Dhabi, beautiful architectural Museum

 

img_4978.jpgMy son and I went to Louvre in Paris when he was just 5 years old. He’s my travel buddy ever since and we both love the same things except shopping of course haha!¬† You may wonder what is the meaning of Louvre anyway?¬† Here as per Google meaning “overlapping strips in a window (to let in air but keep out rain)” first recorded 1550s. The form has been influenced by apparently unrelated FrenchLouvre¬†, the¬†name¬†of the palace in Paris, which is said to be so named because its builder, Philip Augustus, intended it as a wolf kennel”.

Our love for Museum keep us together in every Country we have visited through the years. He is now 10 years old and this time it’s a must to go and see another LOUVRE but here in Abu Dhabi where we currently live as an expatriate and before we go home to NZ.¬† According to Google, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a beautiful architectural “Museum for arts and civilization”.¬† See below some beautiful arts and paintings.img_5064

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And some bizarre ones below…¬†

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Beautiful scenery outside restaurant and coffee shop.¬†There’s a lot to see actually in and out of the building. We thought we have seen it all but was surprised to enter another side of the building and saw another collections.¬†If you have a kid with you there’s also a Children’s Museum and some extra activities for them to do. If you are an AD residents it’s better to buy an annual pass. They usually change some arts and crafts as well as featuring special arts or paintings from another Country every 3 months or so.¬† For¬†Museum enthusiasts you can easily spend the whole day here.¬† Lovely calming scenery outside, to sit down at the stairs /benches with someone or just be by yourself facing the sea or even touching the water below.¬† Children must be supervised.

Cheers!

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AD Events: MON Festival

via Daily Prompt: Timely

Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Mother of the Nation Festivals

The great weather before it turns to nasty hot so it is timely to finally have this festival just finished a couple of weeks ago and how I wish we have visited twice as we didn’t see it all in just one late afternoon to late night. ¬†Some are tourists from another GCC Country. ¬†Some are locals and expats like us and their visitors.

So many events going on from January to April but I only managed to come to a few and enjoy them.  It seems life is becoming busy for me since I have accepted that I will be here for quite some time to support my wonderful hubby and son.

Here are some photos. ¬†I hope you will enjoy viewing them too but the thrill and excitement were to be there in person. ¬†Anyway… see U again next year!

Please click this LINK to view my post last year RE: Abu Dhabi & MON Festivals 2016 LINK.  Thanks! 

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Beautifully decorated lanterns, vinneve foto

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Mini car route with Nation Towers @backdrop, vinneve foto

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Zorb over the water, vinneve foto

Lots of activities for the children for all ages and some of them are free. ¬†Of course, you just have to go on the queue and be patient! ¬†We went to see a documentary about water in UAE and it was a mini Museum and beautifully presented to people. ¬†My son loves doing his own kite and there are some markets (souq), music/concerts, and lots of restaurants around the Corniche where they built this event. ¬†Last year we went to see a magic show & acrobatics and a Comedy stint but we were late on a schedule this year so we missed it and walking back to the next zone was too far away! ¬†Still, we enjoyed and my son was happy that’s more important than the one we have missed.

Cheers!

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Dubailand – Center of attractions

This is in response to the Daily Post/ Prompt: CENTER.

Where is Dubailand you said?  It is in Dubai, UAE as per the name suggest but it is 20-30 minutes away from the main City of Dubai and just about an hour or so from Abu Dhabi which is the capital of UAE.  For more info here is the LINK.  The works continue and more theme parks are coming.  It is amazing to know that this was once an ARID land.

DUBAILAND TAKE TWO.  Both attractions are much better than last year as per my view.  It is so worth it to travel and have fun for the whole day with your loved ones.

MIRACLE GARDENS

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There are so many photos to share (click the photos to enlarge it) but it is better that you see it yourself if you are currently in Dubai or nearby Emirates. ¬†I tell you it is worth it. ¬†It’s better to do it now as the weather is still a bit cooler. ¬†Ticket cost in dirhams 40 adult 30 child.

GLOBAL VILLAGE

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Entrance Global Village, vinneve foto

It is funny to see America and Russia side by side from each other.

I have never been to Egypt yet but at least here in Global Village, I can say I have seen the replicas and it looks amazing!

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Indian Village, vinneve foto

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Japan & South Korea, beside each other, vinneve foto

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China Village, vinneve foto

Some Asian Countries that are not there last year is now a participant and they are bigger and brighter.  Inside the villages are stores and introducing their products and every Village has their scheduled (cultural dancing) shows up to 9pm, or so. 

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Now we go to Europe… some I have been and it sure show some great replicas so it’s good for people who don’t have the opportunity yet to go to Europe, though UAE is in great location in the “middle” and near both Europe and Asia (from 3hrs flying time to some parts of Asia & Europe). ¬†Here is the LINK for you to find out the reason some people opt to transit or stay over here both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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France Village, vinneve foto

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Italy Village, vinneve foto

We passed by the African Village and they are currently doing their cultural show but we didn’t stay to watch as we are in a hurry to get my son another “sword balloon” so he can play with his Dad, to one of the yellow tents that are assigned for face painting, balloons, magic shows and mini circus and other kiddie things. ¬†So yes it is really for everyone!

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Turkey Village, vinneve

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There are more Middle Eastern Countries who participate to show their beauty and even Syria is one of them. ¬†Unfortunately with the current events… how I wish people can really see the beauty of it before the destructions and the war.

I hope I inspired you to come and visit.  It is never too late to plan so come and follow me!

Thanks for your time reading and viewing all the photos.  A like and a comment will be appreciated.  I still have some previous travel backlog from Switzerland to post so I hope you can come back next time or better to FOLLOW ME.  Cheers! 

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Random views around Zurich

As per my recent post about our last trip in the South of Switzerland in this LINK, here I show you some views around Z√ľrich. ¬†It may not represent a lot about the City but I hope it will get you more curious until my next post. ¬†I am short of time as these past months I become so busy with so many happenings and events we attended but I assure you I will post it here as soon as I can. ¬†Watch this space. ūüôā

One thing I am amazed about Z√ľrich is… it is a City surrounded¬†with mountains and very nice view indeed! ¬†We stayed somewhere up the hill and I love it. ¬†Only a few minutes and you are already down the town. ¬†I will show you around next time, promise!

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 near the City Centre, vinneve photo

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The Lake Zurich, vinneve photo

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The bridge to go over the other side of Old Zurich, vinneve photo

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Somewhere near Zurich via train, vinneve photo

 

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The beautiful lake of Zurich, vinneve photo

 

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Somewhere in Zurich, vinneve photo

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Somewhere at the back road we went for a drive, vinneve photo

These are just a teaser. ¬†Hope to see you next time when I have more time to spare! ¬†In the meantime why don’t you check my other post about South Switzerland or other travel destinations under Categories or go check monthly posts if you have more time, I will truly appreciate it, ¬†Thanks!

Tschuss!

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Locarno, warmest town in South Switzerland

Finally,  I am writing this late post now from previous travels last July and August as I have been so busy the past few months and so I can only participate in some quick and easy Photo Challenges, see previous post on this LINK and this LINK and so on, if you care to know more then you will make me happy if you all like it.

LOCARNO,¬†is located in South Switzerland under the canton / region of TICINO just like LUGANO (see the LINK 1¬†& LINK 2 previous post to learn more)… ¬†It is obvious that from the name itself it sounds Italian and yes, they speak Italian on that side of the border. ¬†It is very near Italy as I make way traveling to MILAN as per this MLINK1 & MLINK2¬†I hope you would like those posts too!

Since we have a very long family vacation so it is a must that we rent a house to cater big families and that means 3 families in one house! Yep, must be a big house indeed. ¬†But unfortunately, in Locarno, it is harder to book in advance for 3 families and we only get good for 2 families. ¬†Just us and the parents in law, cheers! ūüėČ

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View from our veranda

And now without any further ado… here are some beautiful photos we took while there.

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Veranda view while having breakfast, lunch or dinner. Vinneve photo.

You can see another angle of this church at the edge of the rock on my other post thru this LINK.  Feel free to check on it while you are here.  Click the photos to enlarge it.

If you are in Locarno you better visit ASCONA. ¬†It is a small town under Locarno. ¬†Some of you will probably have¬†seen this place if you are fond of watching movies in cinema and thinking like “I wanna go there!” just like me haha!

Look how nice the place is for tourist though I am not sure if the residents will like it since it may be too crowded for them but good for the¬†economy! ¬†A long time ago, my parents-in-law said that people who visit here MUST wear formal clothing for dining or just strolling beside the bay view or browsing some antique and art shops in every alley. ¬†Good thing they have changed it now to accommodate the modern generation as you well know nowadays, some tourist are just happy to stroll around in short shorts etc. ¬†But never fear…I am always ready for that as I know Switzerland can be unpredictable.

I hope you have enjoyed some photos and thanks for your time reading and/ or browsing! Please be with me for the next post (when I have the time) about Zurich as we finished traveling from the South to go to North of Switzerland and around the City of Zurich. You can see most of our travels from the Category: Travel and Leisure OR browse my other categories for older posts. ¬†Come travel with me slowly but surely ūüôā ¬†Thanks heaps! ¬†Ciao!