It’s hot out there but not for them

The blistering summer is upon us in Bahrain – in all its fury. Temperatures are touching an average of 45C (113F) in the sun, making everyone broil – literally. However, these remarkable animals – camels – the ships of the desert – seem to be the only ones not affected by heaven’s fury, out in the heat and grazing away on dried grass. Nature has … Continue reading It’s hot out there but not for them

Taking in the tradition

  Bahrain is rich in tradition. And the good thing is the government, and the people, are extremely pro-active in maintaining that tradition. While conventional methods of shopping in the open markets and the suq may have taken a back seat, what is thriving are the traditional street cafes in all parts of the country, particularly in the capital, Manama and the ancient epicenter of … Continue reading Taking in the tradition

The spice of life is not in tradition any more

Bahrain’s Spice Market may not hold charm for the local population any more but, tucked away in the lanes of the Old Suq in the capital, Manama, it is a must visit for tourists and visitors. The conventional ways of shopping have, in any case, taken a beating in the last few years with the advent of supermarkets and suq’s (traditional markets) have been among … Continue reading The spice of life is not in tradition any more

Bahrain’s very own wildlife

This is Bahrain’s very own wildlife park with its “native” wildlife.
The Al Areen Wildlife Park is a nature reserve and zoo, in Sakhir. It is one of five other protected areas in the country and it is the only designated protected area on land, in the country.
The park covers a total area of 7 km sq and was first established in 1976. Species native to Bahrain, … Continue reading Bahrain’s very own wildlife

Finally – the real taste

I was missing the real taste of of the real Punjabi style cauliflower for the last many years. But that changed a couple of days ago when the first “flower” emerged from our little organic garden. Rajubhai, the gardener, proudly showed off the “harvest” and suggested it be cooked immediately so that it doesn’t get stale. We’ve always had some very white and rather good … Continue reading Finally – the real taste

The archway at the Fort

Known as Dilmun in ancient times, Bahrain’s rich trading history is reflected in numerous archaeological digs around the island. Qalat al-Bahrain site (Bahrain Fort site) is among the most exciting of them and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort is located atop a 17.5 hectare artificial hill that has been built while enduring over 4,000 years of continuous occupation. It is … Continue reading The archway at the Fort