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

Life Update

Hello beautiful people! I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus and if you follow me on my social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram), you would probably have seen that I’ve moved to another part of the world! That’s right, you read correctly, I’ve up and moved to the United Arab Emirates; Abu Dhabi to be more precise. I’ve been here for about 4 months now and have not had much time to blog anymore.  I’ve started a new job here in the UAE, where I basically only have 1 off day, which does not give me much time to blog, but I will be trying my level best to get back to it, because I honestly miss writing! This post is basically just to inform you guys that I have not disappeared off the face of the earth and that I will be back soon with some new content, which will include sharing my experiences here in the UAE and to ask you to be patient with me.  You can however follow my journey on Instagram in the meantime, as I’ve shared some of my experiences on there.

But that is it for this post!

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

Lifestyle

Fall / Autumn Essentials

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Hello there!  I’ve been M.I.A again and I do apologize.  I have been extremely busy with a new chapter of my life (something which I cannot reveal just yet) and it has been taking up a lot of my time.  I will however share the news with you as soon as I can.  As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, we are experiencing fall / autumn here in Namibia at the moment and I thought I would share with you some of the essentials that you’ll need during the season.

Delicious tasting hot beverage

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I’ve become obsessed with Chai Latte ever since my sister introduced it to me.  We usually get it from Mugg n Bean and it is definitely an essential during autumn.  If you want something that lasts a bit longer (in the sense that you can make it every day) and tastes just as delicious, definitely get yourself a pack of Hug In a Mug.  It comes with 10 sachets and they also come in different flavors; I highly suggest trying the Hazelnut Cappuccino.

Dark Lipsticks

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Autumn means going darker with your makeup looks, which means darker lips.  Dark lipsticks are therefore an essential if you want to recreate those Instagram worthy autumn makeup looks.

Dark Nail polish

During autumn darker nails are also an essential to fit in with the autumn mood and to match your autumn inspired outfits.  Dark blues, maroon, black and plum/purple colors are some of the colors you can go for during the season.

Scented Candles

An absolute must have during the season!

Go-to jacket

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A cute go-to jacket that will go with basically all or majority of your outfits is definitely an autumn essential, especially during those chillier days.  A denim jacket is a good go-to piece, as they will not let you break out in a sweat or make you feel too hot when wearing them, but will still keep you warm during those chillier days and they can be matched with almost any outfit.

Boots

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Those that know me know that I’m a sucker for some cute boots.  These are an autumn essential, as you want to keep your feet warm when it does start to get chillier, plus styling an outfit with boots just creates the perfect autumn look.

Cute Comfy Sweater and Sweatpants

During the autumn & winter months I tend to go into hibernation, which means chilling inside and catching up on some series or curling up with a good book and that usually requires a comfy sweater and some sweatpants.

Fall Movies / Series / Books

This one definitely relates to the previously mentioned essential, as you need a good book / tv series/ movie to curl up with.  I will be posting a list of suggestions of series / movies to check out that are perfect for autumn, so definitely be on the lookout for that post.

Fall Music Playlist

During any season and for every occasion a dope playlist is definitely an essential.  Head on over to my previous post here, to check out my playlist featuring some cool autumn inspired tunes.

Pretty Scarves

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Scarves can be used for those chillier days, but they can also act as an accessory in order to spice up an outfit.

But that is it for this post; do let me know what your essentials are during fall / autumn.  Also, do follow me on Instagram, I will be trying to post more content there more often.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie