travel: old dubai

We went to Dubai!  I still can't quite believe it myself.  When Zach and I first started dating I was astonished to learn that he not only grew up overseas, but he spent his high school years in Dubai.  He spoke about the lavish gold souk (he's always known the way to my heart), the vibrant colors and scents of the spice souk, his beloved cheese maneesh (think arabic quesadilla thats completely worth a 16 hour flight) and countless days at the beach.  
And that was when Dubai was added to my wander list.

So when it came time for us to plan our honeymoon, naturally Dubai was high on our list.  I wanted to see where Z had spent so much of his time and he wanted to go back to see how far it had come.
After making long lists of possible destinations, looking into what it would take to get there, saving, saving and saving some more, we finally decided to spend our honeymoon in the Maldives.  Don't worry, I didn't know where it was to start with either but it is geographically the Hawaii of India and is very, very far away for a California native.

Once the plans were made, we decided that if we were going to go all the way to the other side of the world, that we better spend a few days in the luxurious city of Dubai.  It would be a perfect pit stop on our long trip and would allow us time to see the sites, experience the local culture and taste the amazing food of this well known city.

We broke our time in Dubai into two parts: Old Dubai and New Dubai.  Old Dubai was the Dubai that Z was familiar with and New Dubai would be a new adventure for us both!

We spent our first day exploring (me) and reliving (Zach) Old Dubai.  We secured a driver for the day to take us to all of Z's favorite spots.  We visited the gold souk (I was in heaven), the spice souk, crossed the Dubai Creek, were tourists in the old cultural museum, indulged in cheese maneesh at Z's favorite bakery and visited his childhood home.  Come evening, we experienced the thrill and night life of Jumeriah Beach and explored the legendary Palm Island.

It was a dream to explore such a culturally rich city together.  We can't wait to return!

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