So we did so many things in our first day that I will not just cram all the pictures into one post. I’m hoping to post three times today and cover the three sites we saw on day 2 of our Doha trip. So, after waking up the next morning we went down to breakfast and it did not disappoint. They had everything from salads, to fruit, to cereal, to french toast, sausage, noodles, rice, and even fresh juices. While we sat down to enjoy our breakfast a man came over with a cart and offered us the fresh juices of the day! YUM! I wish we had a juice guy (or at least knew how to make delicious fresh juices)! Oh and there were also orchids on the table – my favorite! Below is a picture of the breakfast area of the hotel and some other pictures I forgot to post the other day:

Hotel from the outside

Hotel from the outside

Breakfast area overlooking the lobby

Breakfast area overlooking the lobby

The lobby

The lobby

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After breakfast we looked at a map of the area and checked the weather. According to the map the Museum of Islamic Art was only a half a mile away and the weather wasn’t too hot yet (it was still morning). So we decided to try and walk to the museum. We ended up lucking out because there was so much traffic that I’m convinced we would have gotten to the museum in the same amount of time had we taken a taxi. The walk was really nice and went along the corniche . . .

The Dhow harbor on the corniche

The Dhow harbor on the corniche

Pearl Statue!

Pearl Statue!

The Spiral Mosque

The Spiral Mosque

Doha CornicheLove that picture of Scott above with the Dhow boats, the skyline, and the museum behind him.

Doha Corniche 2corniche 3View of the Museum from the corniche. The museum was actually designed by I.M. Pei (shout out to Justin Rusek becuase this took me back to our Architecture classes! And seriously, Justin – you would have loved being in the building – it was an architectural masterpiece!). Some of his other famous buildings include: the entrance to the Louvre in Paris, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the Bank of China tower in Hong Kong, and so many more! As we walked along the corniche we finally arrived at the entrance to this beautiful building . . .

Museum of Islamic ArtAt the top of the building you can see two half circles – Pei designed them to look like the eyes of a woman looking through a niqab or a burga. Oh and I almost forgot the best part – entrance is free!!!

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Museum of Islamic Art 4As soon as we walked into the building it was breathtaking – a circle staircase with a beautifully intricate vaulted ceiling. I just love the shapes . . .

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DSCN6504The museum was really nice too – they had pieces from all over the middle east – Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and various other places.

Museum of Islamic Art 5Museum of Islamic Art 6My favorite piece was this collection of three real leaves with gold Arabic calligraphy on them – so beautiful . . .

Museum of Islamic Art 7And this was pretty sweet too . . .

DSCN6502Museum of Islamic Art 8Okay, I thought I’d be done posting by now but I just love this building the way it photographs. So here are some more pictures of the building . . .

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DSCN6473DSCN6458Museum of Islamic Art 9DSCN6517Hope you enjoyed this tour of the Museum of Islamic Art! The building was truly spectacular. Posting all these pictures has taken longer than I thought! I hopefully will post one more tonight but if I don’t have time I will post part 2 tomorrow! Stay tuned for more about Doha . . .

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