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Published: March 25th 2019
Dubai 23rd & 24th March
Well its a hard life.
Our second day in Dubai (at leisure) gave us time to explore the QE2 more with an afternoon tour (more Structured) to give an insight to what they are going to preserve and what to modernise.
It’s a busy ship, I know its a hotel but to us walking up the gangways, you do come on board.
Today there were conferences, a birthday party (Paddington themed) for a 2 year old (no expense spared) and business meetings.
This evening we were in the Queens Grill for a 5 course dining experience, and it didn’t disappoint.
From the Amuse Bouche, Soup (potato & leek), Fish (Sea Bass, curry butternut, samosa, Coriander crusted potato & pickled shallots), a main of Angus Beef Tenderloin (with braised beef cheek, a texture of onions, pickled girolles & truffle mash and the TWO desserts.
It was all superb, and having spent two weeks dining in this restaurant in 2004 it brought back so many memories.
Only a couple of things were missing, Andrew, the maitre d and our original
table guests Graham & Dorene who we still keep in touch with.
Our last full day and a trip into downtown Dubai, a fifteen minute taxi ride.
We hadn’t been to the Dubai Mall before and it is HUGE.
I don’t shop but because of the size it didn’t feel busy although there were loads of people out and about - and they were shopping.
Time for a coffee!!!! We found an interesting Souk off the main thoroughfare which only served Camels milk, yes I said Camels milk as there dairy ingredient.
Apparently it is more healthy than cows with more vitamins and nutrients.
Well that’s what the waitress told us. I only drink black coffee so it was down to LJ to be the guinea pig.
Although the chocolate covered Rocher cake (also camels milk) was delicious.
So much to see around the Mall, we stayed for the Fountain show which is more spectacular at night (check out YouTube), there is the Aquarium and the gigantic Waterfall amongst other things.And there SHOPS - everything and anything - enough said.
A nice snack in the
Qcafe with a Quinoa and chick pea salad (we’re so healthy) saw us back on board mid afternoon.
We were having a quiet dinner in the Lido restaurant, a buffet which was excellent.
We board QM2 tomorrow, (or today as I’m writing this).
We have really enjoyed are short stay on Queen Elizabeth 2. There have some negative comments from some of the group we have been with, one of the things they do not understand is that a lot to do with ship is PRESERVATION and its not all about shiny bannisters and refurbishment.
Yes, they have to update kitchens and restaurants to modern standards but they doing it thoughtfully with the old girls overall character in mind.
Hope the pics show some of the QE2s ambience.
😳With that in mind I’d better go and find LJ, after all that camels milk she’s taken to eating grass, spitting taking the hump!!! Boom Boom!!!!
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