After the fish market we drove to the flower market. Shop after shop of amazing and beautiful flowers and plants, both indoor and outdoor. I'm already thinking about what I want and where to put them. I think I'll get an indoor palm...maybe a cactus to remind me of home...maybe an orchid too. We also saw an elephant - an elephant topiary that is :) Getting a couple of plants will definitely help make my apartment feel more homey.
After the flower market we headed over to the carpet souk...which was a peddlers nightmare. I've not seen such aggressive sales techniques since the county fair! ;) There were some carpet salesmen who wanted to sell us carpets today for sure! And to be honest - the first place we walked in will be the one we got back to when it's time to buy runs and carpets. The guy was genuinely kind and willing to haggle on price. I've already got a couple of rugs picked out! Now I just need to get paid and go back. It was very fun and some of the fabrics were amazing. We went into a couple of shops which had the most amazing fabrics for pillows...but the fabric was from Syria. ugh. I just couldn't bring myself to buy it. But the fabric was gorgeous. So, if Syria could get their government figured out so I could continue my capitalist ways, that would be great ;) (I'm kidding - rather I'd like them to quit using chemical weapons on their people - but that's a whole other discussion.) We also learned how to tell the difference between a hand made rug and a machine made one. :) The hand made ones are obviously more expensive, but wow!
|first step in the gulf :)|
|throwing up the Duck "O"|
|drying off before catching the cab|
|pre-swim...it's so beautiful|