After exploring the Museum of Islamic Art (check out post here in case you missed it), we decided to check out the Souq Waqif on our walk back. The Souq dates back hundreds of years but was recently rennovated (2010 I believe) and still looks like an old souq. They have all kinds of things – hip looking restaurants, spice shops, birds, you name it. Most of it was closed when we arrived because it was the Islamic holiday of Isra Wal Mi’raj. It was still amazing to walk around the maze of buildings and we also grabbed some Lebanese lunch! Come take a tour with me:

Love the new car against the old souq

Love the new car against the old souq

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Camels and Cranes

Camels and Cranes

Souq Waqif 13After exploring the Souq we walked back to the hotel and decided to go swimming on the fabulous rooftop pool and relax. When it was about time for dinner we got a taxi (after walking a few blocks and waiting 15min), drove through horrible traffic (drivers worse than Dubai and construction seriously EVERYWHERE!), and headed off to the Villaggio mall. This mall if pretty sweet because it is modeled after the one in Vegas and has a small canal inside it. We enjoyed dinner and strolling through the mall that evening.

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DSCN6556VillaggioScott loved each time we saw a balloon on the ceiling – sad balloon thought it was going to be free and fly into the sky – nope! It kind of kills the illusion as well. That or it looks like the balloon is eternally flying into the sky (yeah we got waaayy to philosophical about that!) . . .

Villaggio 2When leaving the mall we were able to get a great view of the Aspire Tower. It’s designed to look like a torch.

Villaggio 3Well, two posts later that officially ends our first packed day in Doha! Coming up next is our final day – more on that tomorrow! Hope you enjoyed all the pictures!

 

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