Travel

Louvre Abu Dhabi

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When you hear the world Louvre, the first thing that probably comes to mind is art museum in Paris, France.   Things have however changed and when someone asks if you’ve been to the Louvre, your response will have to be: which one, because there are currently two; the first one in Paris and the second in the UAE, Abu Dhabi to be more precise and the one which I was fortunate enough to visit.

Location

The Louvre is located in Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island and is an art and civilization museum, which was inaugurated on the 8th of November 2017.  This magnificent structure is definitely any architecture and art fanatic’s dream and has displays of historical and cultural works dating from ancient times to the more contemporary era.

Cost and Visiting Hours

The admission fee for adults is 63 AED, while ages between 13 and 22 pay half price and it is free for children under 13 years old, for a more detailed price list, you can check out their site here.  The Louvre is closed on Mondays and is open from 10 am to 8 pm from Saturday – Wednesday and 10 am to 10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

Walking through the different galleries will transport you through different periods in history.  The museum depicts the evolution of mankind through art and these are displayed by different themes.  It was definitely fascinating to see so many cultures, countries and eras displayed.  I have always been intrigued by the Roman and Egyptian eras, which made seeing the displays from these eras that more exciting.  As fascinating as all these art displays were, the thing that I was most excited about was the outside area where you could see the breathtaking views of the dome ceiling, it truly is as magical as it looks on pictures.  There is also a café and a lounge, where you can grab some food to eat.

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Fun Facts

  • The dome weighs approximately 7500 tons, which is a bit more than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which weighs approximately 7300 tons.
  • There are about 7850 stars that make up the structure and these are intertwined in eight different cladding layers.
  • Visitors can explore 55 detached buildings, of which 23 are galleries. The place is so wonderfully set up though that exploring does not feel like you’re moving from one separate building to the next, as it all just sort of flows together.

 

Tips when visiting

I would definitely advise you to visit early enough to make the most out of your visit, as the museum is quite large and you will have a lot to cover.  I would also recommend wearing comfy shoes, as you will have a lot of walking to do.  Also clear out your day to just explore the museum, so that you can cover everything, we made the mistake of going a bit too late and did not get the chance to cover the whole museum, as we had the Grand Mosque on our itinerary as well.  If you are however on a tight schedule, I suggest visiting the museum in the morning and the mosque at night.

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The amazing art displays and amazing features definitely make the Louvre in Abu Dhabi worth the visit.

But that is it for this post…Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

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Lifestyle

New Year, New Me?

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope that this year is filled with love, laughter, brightness and hope and that you are able to accomplish everything that you set out to do this year!

It is that time of the year again, where New Year’s resolutions are made and “new year, new me” posts fill up social media outlets.  I personally like to set goals for myself, because ticking off items on your goals list is one of the most rewarding feelings, it gives you something to strive towards, encourages you to be your best self and gives you direction in your everyday life. I am however not going to be joining in the “new year, new me” movement, because let’s be honest, I will probably remain the same person that I have always been, I can only hope for self-growth and strive to always be the best version of myself.

As I mentioned, I like to set goals for myself, which include some goals for this blog and therefore I thought I would share them with you, hopefully these can help you to set some of your own and will also help to keep me accountable for achieving them.  I have listed some of the goals I would like to achieve for 2019 below:

 

Blog and Social Media

  • Blog more often – In 2018 I definitely neglected this blog more than I would have liked to, but I am definitely going to get into the habit of blogging more often this year.
  • Have a posting schedule – This one goes hand in hand with the above mentioned goal and will definitely help me to blog more often, as having a posting schedule, will hold me accountable for having content ready to be posted.
  • Have 250 followers on my blog – I am currently on 46 followers, which is why I am planning on creating more content and being more consistent with the blog this year in order to grow my audience.
  • Start a YouTube Channel – I do actually have a YouTube account, with no content whatsoever, as I have been putting it off for the longest time, because of fear of what other people may think and also because vlogging in Namibia has not been a very popular thing, but I would really like to take that leap and actually start creating content on YouTube as well.

 

 Travel

  • Travel to Thailand – Thailand has been a dream destination for my sister and I for the longest time and I feel that 2019 is finally the year to make that dream a reality!
  • Explore more of Namibia – I will be moving back to Namibia this year and would definitely love to travel and explore more of Namibia and share those experiences with you guys.

 

Health

  • Live a healthier lifestyle – This involves exercising regularly, eating more healthy food and drinking more water.

 

Life

  • Start a business – I would absolutely love to start a business of my own and hopefully 2019 is going to be the year that it happens.
  • Get my driver’s license – Yes, I am 25 and I still do not know how to drive a car and yes I most definitely want to get my license and not be too dependent on others to drive me around everywhere I need to go.
  • Read at least 12 books for the year – I am an absolute book nerd, reading is one of my passions and yet I have not found any time recently to do any reading, but I am going to challenge myself this year to read at least one book per month.
  • Volunteer – I would love to take part in more volunteer work this year, whether it be giving donations, raising funds for a cause or just generally helping others. If you know of any volunteer activities I can take part in, in Namibia, do let me know.
  • Learn a new language – I’ve always loved hearing people speak Spanish and have taken a few classes, but I would love to speak the language fluently.

 

But that is it for this post; do let me know what some of your resolutions / goals are for the New Year.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

Travel

Yas Marina

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If you’re looking for a place that has awesome aesthetics, a good vibe, Instagram worthy spots, great hangout locations for both day and night, a view of the Yas Viceroy Hotel in the distance and some pretty amazing sunset views, than look no further than the Yas Marina.

The Yas Marina is situated on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and offers various dining, fitness and leisure facilities.

 

Dining

The Yas Marina is home to 6 restaurants, all of which boast their own themes.  I’ve personally been to Stars N’ Bars, where you can get some food and enjoy a glass of wine during the day and which pretty much turns into a party scene during the night, where you can dance the night away and smoke the ever so popular shisha.  We’ve popped in to Aquarium as well, just to see what the place looks like and I must say it peeked my interest and I definitely have plans of going back there to try it out.  If you are a seafood lover, then this is definitely the place to be.

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Instagram worthy Spots

Graffiti is something I thought would not be present at the Yas Marina and yet as you come in, there is a big wall covered with the prettiest graffiti that is the perfect backdrop for your Instagram pictures.

The next Instagram worthy spot is definitely at this big white #Yas Island sign, it makes for some pretty cool pictures.

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The musical water fountain also makes for some cute and fun pictures.

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Events

There are always events happening at the Yas Marina, from the recent New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations to Halloween celebrations (Yes, I was also taken aback, they actually have Halloween celebrations in the UAE, which shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, seeing that there are so many expats from different countries in the UAE) and different festivals and markets that are suitable for both adults and kids.  Also, ladies, every Thursday is ladies night, if you ever feel like turning up.

 

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Like most places, the Yas Marina is much more peaceful and chilled during the day, with quite a few people present, but comes alive at night, when all the party goers come out to play.  I do suggest visiting during both times, so that you can take pretty pictures during the day and get your party on during the night.

If you are ever in Abu Dhabi, I would definitely suggest adding the Yas Marina to your list as it is enjoyable both during the day and at night and it caters for everyone from young to old, which makes it a must visit location.

But that is it for this post…Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

Lifestyle

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist

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Hello there beautiful people!  December has FINALLY arrived, which means that it is now totally acceptable to be playing Christmas tunes wherever you go! I’ve waited so long for this moment to arrive so YAY!! I personally love Christmas music, it helps to get me in the mood for the festive season and hopefully it will help with all the homesickness feels, since I will not be celebrating with my family this year (due to the fact that I am currently living in the UAE – just a little update for those of you that have not yet read my Life Update Post).  Without further ado, below are 25 of my favorite tunes I like to listen to during the festive season, hope it helps to get you into the festive mood if you aren’t already and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do.

  1. Fifth Harmony – Can You See
  2. Dinah Jane & Leona Lewis – Christmas Medley
  3. Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
  4. Chris Brown – This Christmas
  5. Tori Kelly – Silent Night
  6. Pentatonix – Angels We Have Heard On High
  7. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me
  8. Resound – Christmas Medley
  9. Pentatonix ft Tori Kelly – Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy
  10. CeeLo Green – Mary Did You Know
  11. Mariah Carey – O Holy Night
  12. Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé – Baby It’s Cold Outside
  13. Fantasia – What Christmas Means To Me
  14. Jordin Sparks – Christmas Time To Me
  15. Mario – Someday At Christmas
  16. JoJo and Boyz II Men – Let It Snow
  17. Celine Dion – The Christmas Song
  18. Leona Lewis – One More Sleep
  19. Kelly Clarkson – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  20. Ariana Grande – Last Christmas
  21. Mariah Carey – Joy to the World
  22. Angie Miller – This Christmas Song
  23. Glee – Angels We Have Heard On High
  24. Ariana Grande – Santa Baby ft Liz Gillies
  25. Glee – Away In a Manger

I have created a playlist on YouTube of all the songs mentioned above, so if you want to have a listen to any of the songs mentioned above, you can do so by clicking here.

But that is it for this post, until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

 

Travel, UAE Adventures

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Review

 

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If you google things to do in Abu Dhabi, a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque will probably be one of the first activities to pop up; and with good reason, the place is absolutely STUNNING! I’ve had the amazing opportunity to visit it both during the day and at night and I thought I would share my experience with you guys.

Location

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is situated on Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street in Abu Dhabi and was conceived by the first president of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and marks his final resting place.  You can definitely not miss this work of art, as it can be spotted from afar and will capture your attention at first glance.

Cost and Visiting Hours

There is no entrance fee for the mosque, it is completely free.  The mosque is also open for visitation by non-Muslims.  The visiting hours are from 9am to 10 pm (with last admission being 9:30 pm) from Saturday to Thursday and it is closed on Friday mornings for tourism activities and reopens after 4:30 pm.

 

Interesting Facts

  • It is the largest mosque in the UAE.
  • The walls and ceiling of the mosque are entirely made up of white marble.

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  • This stunning structure can accommodate more than 40 000 people, as it has the area of approximately 5 football fields.
  • The mosque consists of 82 domes of seven different sizes.
  • The main prayer hall houses the world’s largest hand – knotted carpet.

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The chandelier in the picture below is the largest in the mosque and weighs approximately 12 tons.

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Tips when visiting

Even though the mosque has become a very popular tourist attraction, it is still a place of worship for Muslims and should therefore still be respected.  You therefore have to dress appropriately when visiting the mosque.  If you are a woman, they will however provide you with an abaya at the entrance, which is free of charge and comes in two different colors: a bluish grey and a brown.  You will also be required to remove your shoes when visiting and they provide these rack like storage areas where you can keep your shoes.  When visiting, you will also get the chance to see the tomb of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, but photos of the tomb are not allowed and the guards will call you out and ask you to delete the picture.  When taking pictures also try to keep your poses simple, as the guards will call you out on that as well.  They literally asked someone to delete a picture they took, as they were posing with their hands on their hips.  I would also advise you to go during the night, as the place becomes even more magical.  If you do decide to visit this majestical place, do be prepared to share it with many other visitors and try to be patient, as you will most probably have to wait a while to get that picture where no one is awkwardly hovering or photo – bombing your picture.  The place was packed during both times that I went (during the afternoon and at night).  If you want less crowds, going when the place opens at 9 am would then probably be the ideal time to go.

If you haven’t visited yet, then it should definitely be added to your bucket list, as the architecture, stunning views, intricate details and the fact that it is completely free definitely make this place worth the visit.

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But that is it for this post, until next time!

xoxo Lilanie