Charming Canterbury

The tiredness of the day prior had not even worn out and we were back on our feet to explore the Charming Canterbury!

Our beloved Captain, Araf Ali took up the responsibility to drive us to the town of Canterbury, which was about 2 hours from the vibrant city of London.

Our prime motive for visiting the town of Canterbury was to visit the Canterbury Cathedral which is a renowned cathedral because of the famous Saint Thomas Becket, around whose name mystery still revolves. And we were there for a special purpose and met 20 other familiar people with the same purpose!

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As soon as we stepped into the town of Canterbury our eyes were left in awe-struck! The town probably had the least people but it also could be because it was a Sunday and we reached quite early in the morning. After walking a while we decided to get a cup of coffee. We stopped at Cafe Nero the cafe which probably serves the best coffee in all of United Kingdom. In that cafe we got acquainted with a couple who came into town every Sunday. They lived a little outside the town of Canterbury, for more than 30 years. This kind couple pointed us in the direction of the best offset and the most unplanned places we went to, Herne Bay!

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Let me come to that a little later.

We had our coffee’s said our goodbyes’ to the wonderful couple and headed to the Canterbury Cathedral as we were there to attend the service and it was time. Standing at the gates of the Cathedral we greeted the ones who had reached us, and as we turned around we saw some more familiar faces. We greeted them and walking from far away were some more familiar faces approaching us. Every face that we greeted had a smile ear to ear and we were all delighted to be in each other’s company. We weren’t family, but it was the best family reunion one could every imagine or ask for.

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After catching up with our beloved familiar faces we headed inside the Cathedral. The magnificence of the Cathedral left us all in awe! The beautiful Canterbury Cathedral surprised us with every step we took. The service was a beautiful setting with soulful prayers being sung in chorus. We sang too!

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After leaving the service we all headed to explore the Cathedral. It possess too much history and mystery! You have got to visit it to believe it! The most fascinating story of all was of the Saint Thomas Becket. He was given the title of ‘Saint’ after his assassination which was apparently falsely been ordered by King Henry the second of England. The exact order of the events are still under speculation.

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After exploring the beauty and the mystery of the Cathedral we all headed out to our different respective destinations. The wonderful couple had suggested us to visit Herne Bay. Initially we were supposed to go to Cliffs of Dover but we decided to take the advise of the aged couple. And thank God we did! Taking the advise felt like serendipity because we cruised into a place which was the least touristy and the most jaw-dropping of all! The beach couldn’t be more pure and the wind in our hair just re-assured of our moments there. We calmed our heads and rested our eyes beholding the vision which was in front of us!

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The voices of our stomach broke our meditative state, and our captain showed us the was to Mushy Pea which was probably the place where we had the best Fish and Chips!

The wonderful day ended on an amazing note when we came back to London with memories which will definitely have a special place in my autobiography!


 

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Pictures: Taken by Shaheen (the Author of the blog) and Zainuddin Aarif (the authors uncle)

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Enduring the True Modern Middle Eastern Essence!

Getting up in the morning after a tiring schedule ( of Day 1 in Dubai) was way too difficult than we ever could have imagined. But we had to get up, because we had to get started with Day 2 in DUBAI! We had our breakfast and then went to the room to get ready as we were too lazy to get ready before we had something to eat. 

As soon we got ready we went down to the lobby, where we would get free wifi! Sitting there checking all the messages and updates from last night we waited for Shaan Bhai. Today was a day out were we will see all the major attraction which Dubai had to offer. It was a bad start to the day because our first destination was the Dubai Museum which sadly was closed for maintenance. We could not see it from inside. But we did manage to take pictures from outside. 

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On the Entrance of Dubai Museum. 
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In front of ship, a part of the museum but from the outside.

After taking a glimpse of Dubai Museum [from outside :(] we headed off to an area called Gold Souk. It was famous for cheap gold. Shan Bhai warned us to avoid buying the gold today, as we were already out of time and we needed to see a lot in that single day. So he told us to just take a look, compare the prizes and to buy later.

One interesting disappointment which happened was, Shaan Bhai took us in a shop to buy chocolates and dates, we did not buy (thank god). Later we came to know that the most famous Lulu market had cheaper and better dates than this. One of the traveller was furious on us and himself. On us because we did not tell, which by the way he did not ask and attacked the shop as soon as we entered (I saw that and it was not a good sight) and secondly he should have known. So my advice to all the people travelling to Dubai, see the attractions and don’t be in hurry to buy, compare the prices ask around and keep a day only for shopping. Best thing about Dubai, no taxes you will get the stuff in the price written on it! So grab as much as you want but intelligently!

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In front of a shop, on Gold Souk.
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Modelling away on the road! (Not a good one though)

After giving half an hour extra, Shan Bhai was furious as he saw none of us at the meeting point. As soon as he would collect everyone and leave to call the bus driver, everyone would get scattered again. In this process the driver received a fine of 700 AED! Which was sad on his part and irresponsible on ours.

After all the commotion we moved on to our next destination which was a drive on the Jumeira beach. Wow what a view! But as good the view was the heat was harsher. Beating the fiery sun which shined upon us we quickly got down of the bus, because we don’t come to Dubai everyday, and we did not want to miss any part of it. We did sit for a while, but could not bear the heat for long so we hurried back to the air conditioned bus.

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My Brother in front of Burj-al-Arab.
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In front of Jumeira Beach.

After the beautiful drive we headed off to the Dubai mall. Which was huge! We saw the aquarium and water fountain which were inside the mall. Without wasting anymore time we headed of the see BURJ KHALIFA! The tallest man made wonder! We were given the tickets and we were all instructed more so given an option to stay as long as we wanted AT THE TOP! 

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In front of the visible half of the aquarium
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The water fountain inside the Dubai Mall

The lift which took us to the top was super fast. It reached 125th floor in just 60 seconds! Incredible! The lift was dark and there were disco lights all in arrow shaped, marking our movement upwards. Reaching at the top and looking down in the world was breathtaking, but it did give my brother and my mother a bit of nausea. I was not affected by the height at all and stood there taking in what the sight had to offer.

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Sign On the Entrance.
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View from the Top

After having  waited there for quite some time, we made our way down again in 60 seconds inside the mall. We were hungry so we ate a little and then headed outside to see the water fountain show. I would have shown it to you, but I am not premium yet! 😉

We sat there and enjoyed the two shows, that’s sitting in 53 degrees for one hour! Too much, but we did it any way and also managed to convince Shaan Bhai to take a sneak peak of one additional show. It was too enchanting to leave!

 

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Where The Fountain show took place.
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View of the tallest wander from where we were sitting.

After having enjoyed thoroughly the magical fountain show we headed off to eat in a cruise! It was known as Dhao Cruise. Ate a bit, danced a bit, drank a bit (only soft drinks) and again danced a bit! That’s how we spent our night until it was time to go back to sleep!

So this was the end of DAY 2 in Dubai. Hungry for more, follow to get updated first and know what happened to us in DAY 3! I promise its way too interesting! Stay tuned!