We were looking forward to touring most of the Gulf States starting in Bahrain before continuing on to Qatar and Oman. After being on so many flights when we've only been given a bottle of water, we were delighted getting a full meal on our morning flight on Qatar Airways from Luxor to Doha in Qatar, the first leg of our trip to Manama, Bahrain. We were given the choice of ordering a chicken or lamb entree and as much wine or liquor as we wanted to drink, all at no cost!
I was so snookered from our extremely long day yesterday visiting much of southern Egypt and then up until the wee hours this morning working on the blog, that one glass of wine was enough to put me out like a light!
Huge oil refineries are the source of tiny Qatar's wealth. We would be visiting the country in a few days after seeing the island nation of Bahrain first.
Unfortunately, we only had 40 minutes to race therough the Doha airport, surely the most beautiful airport we've ever seen, before having to catch our onward flight to Bahrain.
We landed in Manama, the capital and only city in Bahrain, in the late afternoon and picked up a rental car. While Steven filled out the paperwork, I scooted over to the DQ and got myself a decadent chocolate blizzard. What a heavenly taste of home.
The sign by the camel said it was part of the 'Caravan of Peace,' a project to promote national unity and the idea of peaceful co-existence among Bahrainis.
Once we got an acceptable room, we then wandered around Manama for a while. It was immediately apparent that the city was full of foreign workers; in fact, there were far more of them than native Bahrainis, something we had never encountered before.
I can't remember the last time, if any, I had seen a Rolls Royce! The streets in this area were often impossibly narrow and very challenging to drive on as Steven could attest to. Because there were so many one way streets, the Manama roads force drivers to drive a good distance going in the wrong direction before finally being able to turn around and then backtrack in the right direction.
Bahrainis and expats must have quite a sweet tooth based on all the sweets' stores we saw. This place must be heaven for dentists!
Seeing the welcoming Pizza Hut sign was a boon to our weary spirits and tired bodies. A deep dish cheese pizza has never tasted so good!
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