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EXPAT BEACHES ON THE RED SEA, JEDDAH

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Just got off Skype w/ B my best friend. He’s just back in Mpls from weeks spent in Paris. He sounded kind of gloomy, which is what is to be expected when one is adjusting from Parisian aesthetics to Mpls mediocrity in January. To lift his and your spirits, I thought I’d treat you all to a beach update here on the Red Sea. Last Friday (KSA’s Holy Day) we…

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WORD OF ADVICE FOR WESTERN WOMEN TRAVELING TO OR WITHIN KSA!

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We flew back from conservative Riyadh to more liberal Jeddah. Here I was in the terminal w/ headwrap on and my darker than dark Chanel shades. Our flight was delayed and it began to grow dark outside. So, NOT thinking I put away my sunglasses and boarded the plane. Since we were on a flight that is the equivalent of Mpls to Chicago we were seated in coach. The Saudis…

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SHOPPING AT THE KINGDOM TOWER

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I went shopping at the Kingdom Tower. My goal was to find another abaya and mostly to experience the “Ladies Only” floor of this high end shopping center. One takes the “Ladies Only” elevator up to the exclusive floor where it’s curiously open to all the open atrium shopping floors below it. Spas, nail salons, lots of lingerie shops such as La Perla. Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and other…

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ABU DHABI, UAE

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We had lunch the other day with three of Elliott’s clients. We dined in a very upscale mod Italian café on Tahlia Blvd (the Rodeo Drive of Ryidah). Because I was there (the only female in the group) we had to sit on the “family” side of the restaurant and not the “bachelor” side. So, there we were surrounded by women, children and a couple of men with families. We…

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The Kingdom Tower / Centre

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Let me introduce you to my new favorite skyscraper: The Kingdom Tower I swoon over it in its morning, noon and night light. It shimmers, it glows, and it never dulls or disappoints at any angle from this every expanding metropolis. The Tower was planned as an iconic symbol of Saudi Arabia. The final design was selected after a 3-year process, which included over 100 submissions, by major architectural firms.…

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