Saturday, October 14, 2017

Transportation in U.A.E. #5 Cars / Bikes


Scenery of a new city and an old town are quite different. The old town keeps its traditional shops and streets. They use cars, bikes or motor-bikes as their daily commuting vehicles. On the other hand, people living in the new city walk between state-of-the-art high-rises and ride a brand new cars.
Which do you like?  Yes, I like both new city and old town environment and people living there. I promise that you can enjoy visiting both old and new Dubai.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Transportation in U.A.E. #4 Tram / Street Railway



It is said that the Dubai tram just opened three years ago in November 2014.


It depends on when we ride though, trams are not crowded like metro at all and very clean.



The tram station 'Palm Jumeirah' connects with the Palm Monorail station.
The picture up was 'a palm shaped man-made island.' I took the picture in front of the the Palm Monorail station wall.
The picture below was the view from the Palm Jumeirah tram station.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Transportation in U.A.E. #3 Boat / Abra



The best way of crossing the Dubai river or Dubai Creek is by boat.

The citzens there call it abra; the view from the abra is very nice and fare is cheap, only 1 dirham about quarter US dollar with every couple of minutes departures.

You can see mosques, buildings and river side scenery.


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Transportation in U.A.E. #2 Bus




My wife and I took a long distance bus heading for Abu Dhabi at Al Ghubaiba terminal.

There were two waiting lines for the bus.
One line was for men, the other was for women and families.

Rear side seats in the bus were for men, front side seats were women.
View From the Bus Window in Dubai City

View From the Bus Window in Dubai City


On our way to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, we changed buses in Abu Dhabi bus terminal from a long distance bus to a local bus.

Left and below pictures were taken in a local bus.

Of course, seat area was divided by passengers' gender.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Transportation in U.A.E. #1 Subway / Metro



Subway, taxi, public bus, tourists' bus, boat and ship are ways of transportation systems in Dubai city.

Among them, I guess, subway is the easiest way of moving between east and west. When you go north or south, you have to take a taxi.

Every subway train has a car or area only for women and children.

The rule is strictly kept by showing signs, fines table posting stations, metro staff inspections and citizens' moral.

We happened to saw a guy who entered the restricted car was arrested by a metro officer and he was pulled out of the car at the next station.

Some Japanese train company has the same rules, though the rules are far lenient than that of U.A.E.







Sunday, September 10, 2017

We Walk Along Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Every part of the mosque was well decorated with different art works.
The building itself was very beautiful of course, in addition, water pool, tile-pictures, glass flower, chandeliers, huge carpet and else were splendid.




Sunday, September 3, 2017

We Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

It is very, veeeeeery hot day today. Even this hot, people here in the United Arab Emirates say it is usual temperature in summer days here.

We visited Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi today.
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of U.A.E.

The Mosque was so beautiful that I cannot explain enough of it.
Just, it's awesome art work.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is illuminated by the setting sun.

I think it can be said that no other building is so beautiful as the Empire State Building in the United States.

It can be seen from every direction in Manhattan. Namely, we can see every direction in the city from the observation decks on the 86th floor.

On the day we went atop, it was rather cold day. So, I caught a cold then I spent hard days and nights for two to three days there.



Friday, August 18, 2017

It Is Too Short To See All Exhibitions In One Day


Collections at Metropolitan Museum of Art was huge.
It is definitely Not enough to see all exhibitions in one day.

Unlike that most of Japanese museums prohibit photo taking, the Met allows visitors to take pictures of exhibitions.

The Met also offered us tours with foreign language speaking guides, including  French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish.




Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C. - A.D. 220)
More than 160 objects include renowned terracotta army warriors, ceramics, metalwork and sculpture.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I Go to Metropolitan Museum of Art





One of the main purposes of my visit to New York City was visiting museums.

Metropolitan Museum of Art is said one of the largest, not only in N.Y.C. but also in the world.

There are lots and lots of collections such as paintings, pictures and sculptures from various countries in the world in every period of history.


 'Hercules the Archer' is displayed in many countries many places.
<U.S.A.>
N.Y.C. ,New Orleans, Los Angeles
<Japan>
Tokyo National Museum of Western Art, Bridgestone Museum of Art,
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Hakone Open Air Museum
<Others>
Belgium, France, Buenos Aires
'Hercules the Archer' The upper one is in the MET, The lower one is in Tokyo





More than 150 photographs by American photographer Irving Penn(1917-2009) were displayed at gallery rooms.