Monday, April 19, 2010

Time for a MINI-break!



Halikum Salaam!


Welcome, welcome!


To make it easier for you to get around, we have put up plenty of signs.


We hope you find it helpful


Mahmoud here has been waiting at the BUS Camel STOP for three days


UPDATE: The service is unfortunately not very reliable!
After waiting for five days, Mahmoud had to give up...


We have also included this photograph of SOME of the people that will make your stay more comfortable ...
and of course to enable you to recognize them.

From left to right, your tour guide, her mother (protector of virtue) , the tour organizer,
your translator and her mother.



You will be requested to wear the abaya, but you are not obliged to wear the hijab.
You are discouraged to wear a 'fake tan' like Ms Hilton here...
for obvious reasons.


Of course, what you wear under your abaya, is none of our business.....

We have developed 2 very different Holiday Packages to cater for your pocket.
And with the current value of the Saudi Riyal, you'll get excellent value for your money!


PACKAGE 1:



Accommodation: A luxuriously appointed Bedouin tent where you'll be the guest of a local Bedouin Family. 

Transport: Camilla will be at your disposal.
Please do not attempt to bribe her with carrots as she develops severe indigestion,
which Abdullah (seated) is sure to remind you of.

Transportation to and from the airport, as well as any city excursions will be a roomy and very old trustworthy pick-up, ready to take you ANYWHERE!
There will also be plenty  some room for your  bags, shopping parcels and packages. 




Facilities may include the usual, boring old bathrooms,
but we suggest that you should be more adventurous and try out some alternatives as well...


No, That is NOT the bathtub!

All meals are included and will consist of a variety such as dates and... well ...
whatever we can find.

Additional entertainment:

The desert sunsets ...





and sunrises...


... are absolutely spectacular!

Shopping at the local souk...



For the thrill/extreme entertainment seeker:

It could be excessively diverting to actually be SOLD at the slave souk...
Who knows what the results may be!


Price:
The all inclusive price of SR 25 per day, including the petrol/fuel.
(Saudi Riyal)

PS.If you are considering selling yourself at the market, you should pay up front please.


This is a win win situation for both of us as, at the current price of 40 halalas per liter of fuel, WE should be making a neat little profit!


This brings us to the last option

PACKAGE 2:




You'll be picked up at the airport,
sit back and enjoy the sights...



Accommodation: Comfortable rooms

Someone to run your errands...
and the bath water...



Eat as much as you like of our calorie-free food!



We encourage you to do NOTHING...
but RELAX, READ, whatever your heart desires.

This is a holiday for the senses, re-awaken them!



Do Yoga in the garden...


Take a stroll...
 Admire the wild life


Join us for a light lunch...



Spend the afternoon at the beach...



Read...



Or just watch the world  drift by...



Explore the beautiful Red Sea...



Swim with the fish...



Enjoy High Tea with some famous people...



 Later, a quiet Al fresco dinner...



Or dress-up for something more formal...




Price: All inclusive price of SR12000.00 per day.

We know this is a bit pricey, but the good news is that you only pay 1/12 of the price!!
That's right!
1/12

Since this is a 1/12 world!

Now, please book your preferred choice...

We are awaiting your arrival.

Ma'a SALAMA


Thank you to our gracious host, Colleen, over at D DNA!
I have had a wonderful vacation so far and I am happy to receive you all.
Haven't you also had some great 'stopovers' so far?


PS. Even though I am poking a little 'politically-not-correct' fun at my host country:
I have spend many happy years here (more than a decade)!!!
This is definitely a society where families are valued and children are loved. 
It is a great place to bring up children. 
I have the highest regard for their dedication towards their religion
and the utmost respect for the changes they are making. 
Nowadays, you are lucky to see real Bedouin tents
or families still roaming the desert for  grazing for their animals.  
Pick-up trucks with a camel though are seen... often!  
The Red Sea is simply amazing! 

There is a button souk, a tent souk, a toy souk, a gold souk, etc etc. 
There is definitely NO slave souk!


Oh, and what you wear UNDER your abaya is really your business...
 But it should also REMAIN your business




38 comments:

Papillon Bleu said...

Hmmm...that's a tricky one...still hesitate between selling myself and diving in the blue ocean.Am scratching my head...

Merry Jingle said...

Oh, I don't know, Camilla the Camel looks so cute that I might opt for the first option - it's fab that Camilla comes also shopping :D (Do you think Camilla would like some salt dough? She would have problems with it as she has her own water supply. I could take some with :)

I would happily change this wet, muddy garden to dry sand :)

Ira

rosanna said...

Ops, hard choice...thedesert may bearring but the Red Sea...wow I love it! Since my next holidays will be at the end of July might you wait a little more to know my decision? thank you for the options Rosanna

Susanne said...

..Hmm, Lize, just in for great adventures and yet just times for relaxation with few but beautifull impressions, do I sound contradictive? ;-)
Sand is good, warm water too, suns also, a camel or two would do. A suq would be nice, do they have minis?
Love, Susanne

contar said...

es una delicia disfrutar de su blog y de su fina ironía.
un abrazo

It is a delight to enjoy his blog and his thin irony.
An embrace

cockerina said...

beautiful place that you've shown us, sweet tomboy Lize! ha ha! I come willingly, my husband is already only see the images of the seabed, that fabulous colors, and fish! spectacular! it was nice and fun to review some very nice pictures, thanks Lize!
kisses, Caterina

dale said...

This is all too funny!

I'll have to go with option number two, as I have already ridden on a camel and find them hard and smelly. lol

Thank goodness for the price reduction. ;)

miniacollection said...

What a choice ! The first one seems full of surprises and so exotic, and to go to the desert is something I would like to try. But the second one is very tempting with the sea.
Your post is super, it's full of humour (it made me laugh, beautiful photos, seeing your miniatures is always great and your text is a pleasure.
Thank you Lize.
Geneviève

Sans said...

Mam Liz, please, you don't forget my 300 rupees each person for camel ride. I think you put price too low for package 1, no? Don't worry, you pay me , I pay you. I want to go package 1 1st with all those pretty ladies and their mothers, then many camel rides later, I very rich, I take package 2. But please, food change. Curry and tandoori, meat and calories, no need worry fat. I cover head to toe, no one see. Send me email please about lower price if I bring my whole village. Mulaikum Salaam, Hassan.

Love this post :). I vote this one the best virtual trip :). Is there a poll for this?

James said...

Very enjoyable blog, I love your sense of humor! Thank you.

Meli said...

Lize, thanks for such lovey photos!!! You are so good describing them!! My option is to have vacations by the seaside!! Just doing nothing and in the evening would be so nice to have diner in that lovely and very well dressed table!!!
Thanks and warm regards,
Meli

Herself said...

I giggled my way through your whole extravaganza! Fantastic! I can't wait for our cruise ship to dock at your place, L! The girls will have the best time! We arrive Friday, April 30th and there'll be over a hundred of us, so I hope you have enough rooms!

Ascension said...

Solo con visitar tu maravilloso blog, ya estoy de vacaciones jejeje
Ha sido un placer, ver tus fotos y tus minis y disfurtar del paseo.
besitos ascension

koralee said...

Oh how I love this post....so creative. It is so nice to meet you. My good friend teaches at a Saudi English School. So glad I could visit you. xoxo

Housewife Bliss said...

I loved all of the pictures, thank you for posting them, it was like going down memory lane for me. I spent a year in the Middle East, just adored Syria, and recently have spent nearly every spring for the last 5 years along the Red Sea. Great tour, fab post. Thank you.

Herself said...

Change of travel plans, L! We're pulling into port a day early. Is Thursday good for you?!?! Oh, and plan on over two hundred!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

this is absolutely stunning. You made a place so, well, not so attractive to me, an enchanting fairytale! I need to add you to my list! I have several blogs and one of them is on miniatures. Ciao! Anita

Diana by Lagoa Design Studio said...

FASCINATING trip to your place!!! I'm reading and giggling:))
Definitely my choice would be the first one, that's more EXTRAVAGANT!!!

Hugs from Portugal
Diana

It's me said...

Hahahahahhah!! i really must laugh of your post !!.........so nice !!!......comic !!!

Wauwwwwww..........Saudi Arabia! ............BEAUTIFUL !!!

I am glad to be with you..and i will follow you !! so nice a Saudi Arabia girl...................and i really really hope you will follow me tooo............look at my earlier post you see a little cute shield like here is on your blog !!

Have a happy sunny day !!! hugs from Ria

Ana said...

Lize it´s so hard to choose amoung such beautiful options, thank you for your lovely photos,
Ana

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oh my, just popped onto your lovely blog through the blog-about cruise of Colleen. Love love your tour!
The colors in your post are so cheerful and bright. Thank you for all the eye candy!
HAve a great weekend. xx

Denise said...

It's like Thumbilina in Saudi Arabia. Beautiful water!!!

Irene said...

Oh it is you, it is you! What a lovely, unique post!

Jean Day said...

LOL, you have such a wonderful sense of adventure and humor!! I've always wanted to go on a one twelfth scale trip, thank you for making it possible. Isn't it amazing the lands, people and architecture we can visit in this new cyber world!! Excellent time! Thank you also for making suggestions for comments, I always run out of appropriate, fabulous comments for you. I need a lavish thesaurus for your blog!

Maria Jose said...

In my blog there is a giveaway to participate just leave a comment!

Sans said...

OMG!! Are you still on your break? What about the kids? What about work ? HUH? What about us, your fans and friends?

:).

Just me missing you :)

Anonymous said...

Seems to me Lizelund is also going through a recession :lol:

cockerina said...

hello Lize!! How are you??????
on my blog, I am organizing an international swap:
"Holiday swap"
you want to join?
kisses, Caterina

Papillon Bleu said...

Lize...this is not a mini break. It seems like eternety now...

Papillon Bleu said...

ok...let's say the mini break is a super huuuuuuuuuge one...hope you are having fun Lize.
X

Anonymous said...

Hoop ons gaan nou meer van jou sien noudat die vakansie begin het :)... Hoop ook jy kan die croquet set klaar maak...Sal nice wees om die pics te sien... SBTW) Wat het van die 100 member competition geword :lol:

cockerina said...

Lize hello! how are you?? everything OK?? and your daughter?? I'm missing you, I hope that everything for the better! and thumbnails? 're not creating more .... : ((
great hug from Italy far!
Caterina

Papillon Bleu said...

If your minis were as big as your mini breaks...there would hardly be a space on this planet to put a foot after the other.
What a relief to have news from you Lize!
Super over mega massive mini hugs to you.
XXX
Patricia.

dale said...

Good to see you back in blogland. :)

Kathi said...

I've been missing you! Dale says you are back? Can't wait to hear about your vacation!
Hugs,
Kathi

rosanna said...

Hallo Lize, it's a long mini break... but I'm happy to see your comments here and there on blogland. I hope everything is fine and whatever you are doing is higly satisfactory. We all miss you, Rosanna

Kathi said...

We are all awaiting your return Lize!
We miss you!!!
I have an award for you over at my blog. If you have a chance, please come over and say hello!
(((Hugs)))
Kathi

Josje said...

Hi Lize, Just thought I'd have another look at your blog as it has been such a long time. Enjoyed all of your lovely pictures again. I haven't been in blogland too much the last few months, but you have been away for a looooong time. I hope you're OK, and hope to see you back soon. ~Josje

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