|... a good reason, if any, to migrate to the coast!|
|[Sanremo from 'la Pigna' hill'].|
The house of Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa is situated in the heart of Muharrak, the old
capital of Bahrain, near to the Grand Mosque and is considered to be one of the oldest
houses in town.
[See more pictures in the slideshow].
The house was built at the end of the 18th century by Shaikh Hassan bin Ahmed Al Fatih
who lived there as well as his sons and grandsons.
Later on, the house became with king Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa a residence and a
government centre from 1869 to 1932.
Its huge walls, the small doors and the wind tower were conceived as
a protection from the heat in summer and the severe cold in winter.
- Bahrain Guide
It can be seen from a distance on a small rise of the ground, as you drive 2 km south-
ward from Jabel Al Dukhan into the Bahraini white desert.
As impressive on the map as in real view, - a green spot lost in a blinding light, this 400
years-old mesquite, stands in absolute loneliness, defying the centuries.
[Click to see more pics].
The mesquite tree (Prosopis velutina) belongs to the large family of the 'Fabaceae' and fits
to extreme weather conditions, however this one has become a legend and truly deserves
the name 'Tree of Life', Shajarat-al-Hayat in Arabic.
Despite sand storms, grazing animals, high heat... and disrespectful behavior of visitors,
the tree is alive and well thanks to its strong roots that sink deep into the ground, only...
... there is no known source in the vicinity.
One natural wonder, one lonely tree
Life is powerful, and sometimes magic.
A 'Pearl' from de Persian gulf is offered to you to visit,
you just have to click, it's a slideshow...
Yours faithful G@tto.
[Any reference to the 'Pearl', which has disappeared, is not due to chance].
... and here we are with the first images
from the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Morning light for my first wakeup in Amwaj Islands...
[Increasing the contrast, curiously reveals a graffiti under the peinture' layer].
Exploring the beach, I'm intrigued by these mounds of sand pellets. Their authors should be those tiny
crabs I saw on the shore.
I've never been a birdwatcher, until today, but these herons just come and friendly share this quiet beach
Later on, I've the privilege to attend the private ablution of a dark heron in the deserted pool...
From November 16, until 22, it is the French Week in Bahrain
Opening speech by the French ambassador and cocktail at the InterContinental Regency hotel
Entertainment with the 'Swing DeLuxe' quintet and 'La Bourrée Arverne' dance group.
Tribute to Georges Brassens in Bahrain City Centre.
The 'French Week program' includes, among others,
three gourmet French dinners but, personally, I intend
to enjoy myself with more exotic dishes.