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Windcatchers provide air glow and natural ventilation-Authentic

It's a movie set, and looks very Lawrence of Arabia

Outlook- You mean, Look out

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Wow- What an assortment of flowers at Plaza Hollandi in Doha's Festival City. Beautiful blossoms from around the world.

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A place to shop for the 1%ers who go to Paris and Milan to buy shoes. They are selling more than things. They are selling experiences. The Tuscany-inspired theme and all that marble really cooled things off for us.

There are VIP and VVIP areas that remind me of sailing onboard Crystal Cruises where everyone is known by name.

The New York Times writes:

Alhazm, Doha, Qatar

Malls may be dying across the U.S., but in the grandiose desert capital of tiny, petro-rich Qatar, they are sprouting up left and right. Consider the 5.4-million-square-foot Mall of Qatar, which will boast the country’s first Cheesecake Factory, or the open-air and yet air-conditioned Katara Plaza, to house a designated Children’s Mall shaped like a giant gift box. Dreamed up by the Qatari real estate mogul Mohamed Abdel Karim Al Emadi, the soon-to-open Alhazm is taking a more rarefied approach. “Mr. Al Emadi is passionate about classical architecture,” says Georges Bou Ibrahim, the mall’s creative director. Thus, he hired 15 architects to create a modern Middle Eastern version of Milan’s 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II — with a domed-glass roof, Tuscan marble walls and arches featuring hand-carved Arabian motifs — surrounded by temperature-controlled gardens with fountains, gazebos and 200-year-old olive trees imported from Spain. Inside, a range of retailers and restaurants from the Continent will make their Doha debuts alongside Italian and Qatari kitchens, a women’s spa-slash-social-club and a library with rare editions of Arabic and English classics. Bou Ibrahim says, “Alhazm is not only about shopping; we are a creating a new lifestyle destination” — presumably for the sort of locals who regularly go on shopping sprees in Europe. A glass pyramid serves as a V.I.P. entryway, offering access to an underground auction house, personal shoppers and butler service.

What is it about Qatar's fascination with Italy! 

Here in The Pearl we have Venice too:

The Pearl is an artifical island, creating over 32 kilometres of new coastline and  extensive canal system. It's Venice again.

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I love you a latte

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The Pearl is an artifical island that we now live on, with over 32 kilometres of  "created" new coastline and  an extensive canal system.

An I For An Island 

Ferrari, Maserati and Rolls Royce have dealership but I'll take a Ducati bike anytime.

With 31 towers and over  42,000 apartments, villas, and townhouses, it's quite impressive.

In  Doha, Qatar's capital, entire new neighborhoods have been built
 on land reclaimed from the sea. And the buildings have one thing in
common: Bling. We are lucky to be living HERE at The Pearl Quarter.

Doha's skyline looks like it was designed by architects who didn't talk to each other, didn't like each other, and engaged in experiments they could never get away with at home. And a Qatari can live anywhere without ever leaving home. A virtual Venice is around the corner. Rodeo Drive is down the block. And there are world-class restaurants in the ancient Arab souk, which was rebuilt as well. Qatar's 250,000 citizens are, quite literally, the richest people in the world and very content with their lives in this oil-and-gas-rich speck of a nation.

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A business-class ticket to cool with complimentary mojo on takeoff to LHR

Overlooking The Pearl Quarter
 as we head  into DOH for a smooth landing 

  • Hammersmith Bridge-Get Over It
  • Transatlantic Crossing NY to SOTON
  • Oyster Bay, NY-Sagamore Hil
  • Washington, DC-It's Not U, It's U.S.
  • Philadelphia Freedom
  • Arundel,UK- Lessons From the Farm
  • London, UK-Did Someone Say British?

  • Land, Sea and Air: What a vacation! My favorite planet is still Earth. My Parents, Mother Nature and Father Time,  I remain, your fortunate son.

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    Of the many bridges that span the River Thames in London, Hammersmith Bridge is among the most quaint and picturesque. At high tide, there is just 12 feet of clearance, making it the lowest bridge in London. 

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    The ship is the destination onboard Cunard's flagship, The Queen Mary 2.
    Everything goes to waist

    The Mary's funnel barely makes it under the Veranzanno Bridge during sailaway

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    Teddy Roosevelt's the REAL most interesting  man

    The Summer White House

    Very INN-Experienced with these accommodations,  staying at The Glen Cove Mansion

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    JFK Eternal Flame

    Freedom is not free

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    The Liberty Bell is all it is cracked up to be

    "Well done is better than well said"-Ben Franklin

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    English, why do I have to learn that-I'm never going to live in England

    An Udder Delight
    The English countryside is beautiful this time of year. I am here on  a small dairy farm-God Save The Cream!

    The  core formative experiences that all young people should pursue are : hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body. What better place to do it all then on a rural farm in England.

    I am reminded of The Law of The Farm, where there are no easy fixes, and where it takes 10 years to become an overnight success.

    In fact, Instant gratification takes too long---Adolescence is a gift, perpetual adolescence is just plain wrong. As I take my annual trip to America this week, I will be hard pressed to see the difference between kids ages 10, 15, 20 or 25. Growing old is not optional, growing up is.

    The coming-of-age rituals that have defined AmeriCANS since the early pioneer days--learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant–are  nowhere to be found today. "I Consume therefore I am" has nothing to do with creativity and a life worth living. You gotta produce. Material success without fulfillment eqauals failure.

    That dirty, sweaty, achy work you get on a farm builds character- I know, I have dug ditches, cut grass, layed cables, hauled sand and bricks. This farm I am visiting makes me want to celebrate work and service and  guide others out of miliniel boredom.

    Just do something!

    I chose travel experience to far away places to bulid intentional scar tissue.  What is ethical about a work ethic,  if it doesn't incude that. It makes for resilency and the abilty to persevere under impossible conditions, a kind of mental bodybuilding.

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    Another Business-Class ticket to cool with complimentary mojo on take off.

    English, why do I need to learn that? I'm never gonna live in England

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