The Gateway

This was once the gateway to Bahrain – the ‘main door’ – from where everyone entered the island kingdom, also called Bab Al Bahrain – entrance to Bahrain. That was, however, until the early 1960’s, after which gradually, things began to change and reclamation became the order of the day. I once met an elderly…

Not kite the way!

I took some pictures of kite-flying enthusiasts playing with what they now call kites. Made of plastic and fibre, with fibre strings as well, these ‘birds’ just fly in the wind, with no skill involved and no sense of adventure. Compare this with the days when we indulged in this sport (yes, it was SPORT…

Relic reborn?

This is perhaps Bahrain’s first hotel, how fallen on bad days like so many other heritage sites. The Bahrain Hotel came into existence in the 1940’s and was once a luxury address, situated right at the waterfront on the Manama Harbour. Those were the days when 90 per cent of the visitors to Bahrain came…

Heya Beya tradition alive and well

Today was the traditional Heya Beya Day. And, for the first time, I took some pictures to commemorate the event in a small way during our regular evening walk on the Busaiten coast. Every year on the eve of Eid Al Adha (which is tomorrow) the shores of Bahrain are crowded with happy children wearing…

It’s orange and it’s a HIT!

This is my ‘take’ on the famous Muharraq bicycle, a ‘must’ on the list of any tourist visiting Bahrain. I have seen this photograph on many blogs but had never seen it in real even tough we stay just a couple of kilometers away. It’s just an ordinary cycle but it’s painted orange for some…