Return tour

24,000km tour of friendship
Written by Friendship Arabia Team   
Friday, 22 August 2008 15:28

Back in Bahrain ... Ali Mushaima in his Land Rover  

From the Gulf Daily News, Bahrain: 

By Rebecca Torr  |  Bahraini traveller Ali Mushaima is now back in Bahrain after three months on the road promoting his country and friendship between nations.

The adventurer clocked up 24,110km as he travelled in a LR3 4X4 Land Rover through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Scotland, the UK and back again to Bahrain.

The main aim of the 'Bahrain to Britain: Voyage of Discovery' road trip was to bridge the gap between East and West, as well as promote Bahrain's culture, civilisation and Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

The road tour began from the BIC, Sakhir, on May 23.

It officially concluded with a reception at the Bahrain Embassy in London on July 4 but the adventurer's promotion of Bahrain and friendship continued on the journey home.

"One of the highlights of the trip was meeting people that had lived in Bahrain in 50s, meeting Italian soccer legend Paolo Rossi, visiting Macedonia and Scotland and spreading friendship," Mr Mushaima told the GDN.

Unique hotel has caves for rooms
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 12:03

View from our hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey 

After leaving Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday morning, we headed for Cappadocia, south of Ankara. The drive took us eight hours and we arrived at our destination just before sunset. 

We did a quick tour around, taking pictures, while at the same time looked for a hotel to stay for the night. Accommodation wasn't easy to find. 

While Ammar and Shafiq were busy taking pictures, I met a Spanish couple, Antonio and Christina, who told us about a very nice hotel called 1001 Nights. They gave us directions to the place, and it turned out to be quite the find. It was one of those unique hotels - you actually slept inside a cave in the mountain!

Thassos is a fantastic discovery
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Saturday, 09 August 2008 15:14

The newly installed tram system in Istanbul

We left Corfu on Wednesday morning, taking the ferry to Igoumenitsa in mainland Greece. We then drove to Kavala, in the north of the country, and  took another ferry to Thassos island. 

Thassos isn't heavily promoted like Santorini, Mykonos and other famous Greek islands, but it is green and beautiful and definitely worth visiting.

It took us just a few hours to fall in love with the place. The people are extremely friendly, the food is excellent, the hotels are cheap, the beaches are beautiful and the forests very green. 

A forced change in plan
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Monday, 04 August 2008 22:59

We were invited to visit Lugano, Switzerland, again, and decided to do so on our way back to Bahrain.

Ammar and Shafiq were especially looking forward to seeing this beautiful town. Traffic was heavy as we left Annecy in France because of a major event there which included fireworks. 

When we got to the border, we were told that if we entered Switzerland, Ammar and Shafiq couldn't enter Italy (our next stop), since they had single-entry Schengen visas. France and Italy are both part of the Schengen group of countries, but Switzerland is not, so crossing the Swiss border would mean their single-entry Schengen visas were no longer valid.

Golden hour worth the wait
Written by Ammar Hammad   
Friday, 01 August 2008 23:19

Today was a relaxing day in Annecy, France. Not that we wanted it to be, but it was pouring rain most of the day. 

With very little to do, I put together some 360º Quicktime movies of our hotel room while we waited for a respite from the rain.

Fortunately the clouds cleared at the right time, at what we photographers call the golden hour. It's the time just before sunset and we had the chance to capture the colourful sky, the mountains and the lake in their full glory. 

Shafeeq and I went trigger happy and took many photographs of the lake and the surrounding areas.


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