Lil’ Z heads to Al Ghariyah!

Morning lovely people!

It’s been a long time.

A long HIATUS- see I have improved my VOCABULARY.

All big words. Mama reads to me. I cannot speak yet, but I do think about them in my head!

We have been keeping very busy.

The road trips are few and far between.

We have so many more beaches to cover.

Time’s a-wastin’ folks!

Let us quickly head off to the next one…

A couple of day’s ago, Mama, Papa, and I took a trip to Al Ghariyah and Fuwairit beach.

We picked up Uncle Nu and took him along as well.

Uncle Nu is super fun to hang out with!

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Papa’s usual pre- trip checks…
Destination...
Destination…
Area we intend to cover...
Area we intend to cover…

 

We left home just after noon.

The Big People all had a huge lunch at a nice- looking restaurant and then off we went…

It was so sunny. I could barely keep my eyes open.

We had no stops along the way.

Not even a traffic signal.

The sun was harsh and the roads dusty.

All fellow cars were heading to the beaches as well, it looked like.

Papa tells me the roads are mostly 120 km/hr and all you speeding, nuisance- creators beware – they are radars all along!

Alas, many don’t seem to care. The radars, road etiquette, other drivers, other’s lives, their own life- nothing matters apparently…

I love watching these colourful tiles whooshing by...
I love watching these colourful tiles whooshing by…
And these criss-crossing bridges!
And these criss-crossing bridges!
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More…

 

We took Al Shamal Road. We have been on it several times before, all thanks to the endless Ikea trips that Mamma makes us take.

One of Mama's "hang- outs"!
One of Mama’s “hang- outs”!
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!00 ! Hmm… no one on the road was doing that 😉
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Even driving within the speed limit, you can cover the 100 km in no time…
Nothing to see... for miles...
Nothing to see… for miles…
Occasional bursts of sparse greenery!
Occasional bursts of sparse greenery!

I was just starting to nod off, when I heard Mama saying that we reached our EXIT. Apparently we have to take the 79th EXIT- to reach beach no. 1.

Exit 79 to Fuwairit Beach.
Exit 79 to Fuwairit Beach.

We went over a curvy bridge and then on to a dusty, bumpy road. We saw hoards of 4 X 4 s (Uncle Nu taught me that!) doing crazy things on the arid land…

Our 4 X 4 friends!
Our 4 X 4 friends!

A few bumps and humps later, we reached. I started to let my parent’s know that I needed a stretch. They think I’m crying, I think I am communicating 😉

Yay! We reached...
Yay! We reached…
The first view...
The first view…

We then had to go through the water (in our car of course!) to reach the beach.

The matching sky and water!
The matching sky and water!

There were loads of families and scores of children and little babies on the beach.

But it was HOT!

We made the mistake of reaching Sealine Beach too late, and now we were too early!

Mama and Papa just can’t seem to get it right! Pah…

Hot!
Hot!
The usual crowd...
The usual crowd…
Bare- chested Uncles and    fully- clothed Aunties!
Bare- chested Uncles and fully- clothed Aunties!

I was dripping with sweat and having a hard time opening my eyes. But The Big People seem to be having a whale of a time.

I am not sure sure what was happening, people were laughing and joking.

The Uncles were whirring the wheels of their cars in the sand, and some Uncles were pushing them.

It was all very bizarre actually.

Weird no, the Big People?

Someone please tell me what these Big People are up to? "professional pushers"...
Someone please tell me what these Big People are up to?

Mummy was busy snapping photographs! And I was left in my car seat, PISSED!

As the afternoon wore on, the heat subsided.

We ventured out of our air- conditioned car….

US!
US!
I wish we never had to leave!
I wish we never had to leave!
I had a dip too!
I had a dip too!
A nap on the sand...
A nap on the sand…
We found a spot for our selves, no one around...
We found a spot for ourselves, no one around…

Uncle Nu hired some of these funny looking bike- contraptions (QUAD Bike?) and we all had fun riding on the sand.

Papa even took some pictures with me on it!

Told you Uncle Nu was fun!
Told you Uncle Nu was fun!
:-)
🙂

 

We then took a dip in the water. Papa and uncle Nu helped me float!

Aah! I think I love the sea too…just like Mama.

Mama then changed all my soaked clothes, and we all just sat next to the gently crashing waves.

I took a nap on the sand…

When I woke up, the sun was setting.

What a beautiful sight it was!

In my seven months of life, I have seen many a setting suns on the beach.

Mama tells me I am lucky to have…..

I wish we never had to leave…

This picture does not even remotely compare to the real thing...
This picture does not even remotely compare to the real thing…
Papaaaa! Can you spot mu hand and leg??
Papaaaa! Can you spot my hand and leg??
Us again!
Us again!
Mama's turn against the sun!
Mama’s turn against the sun!
Finally GB's turn! You all know who GB is, right?
Finally GB’s turn! You all know who GB is, right?

 

Nobody wanted to head home yet. So, we chased the sunset and headed along the beach- to the next one!

GB and Mr H!
GB and Papa!
Beach no. 2...here we come
Beach no. 2…here we come
The road- lamps were coming on...the road was almost deserted...
The road- lamps were coming on…the road was almost deserted…
Next stop...
Next stop…
Prayer break!
Prayer break!

 

By the time we reached the next beach, the night had set in.

The almost- full moon was shining it’s dazzling light on to the almost- still waters and the revellers on the beach.

That is the moon!
That is the moon!
Spectacular (Big word :-)) it was!
Spectacular (Big word :-)) it was!
Family fun!
Family fun!
Heading back ...
Heading back …
Conscientious, rule- follower Papa!
Conscientious, rule- follower Papa!

 

By then, I was spent. I wanted to enjoy the view but I was tired and sleepy.

I let Mama know and she told Papa that we better head back.

It was a 115 km ride back home!

We reached home in less than an hour.

Mama made sure we made a quick “Shawarma Stop” along the way…

I had some sweet, mashed banana and crashed….

Zzzzzzzzzz…………..

 

Lil’ Z is fast asleep folks. So, Dr J shall sign out on her behalf. Some notes before that though….

  • Al Ghariyah is a great place to visit- if “beachy” fun is what you desire.
  • We took Al Shamaal Road.
  • You can even hire trailers/ tents and spend the night there.
  • Fuwairit beach is about 95 Km from Doha. Al Ghariya is about 115 Km.
  • Take exit 79 for Fuwairit- Beach no. 1.
  • And exit 83 for Al Ghariya- Beach no. 2.
  • Quad bikes are great fun. They can be hired for anywhere from 50 QAR to 450 QAR per hour, depending on their size and type. Please do bargain for better deals

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Have fun folks!

Till next time…

Lil’ Z and Dr J!

 

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