Abu Dhabi Sights

Visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was an illuminating experience. I didn't expect to be so amazed by the beautiful architecture and lighting which changed throughout the evening over sunset. 

The mosque was constructed from 1996 to 2007. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. I was in awe of the intricate beautiful detail throughout the Mosque's interior and exterior which use materials including marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones,crystals and ceramics.

After our day visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque we did a classic sand dune adventure. This was fun and also showed a different side of the Abu Dhabi lifestyle. The tour included a visit to a desert 'village' where we could sample various UAE cultural dress, food and entertainment!

Pink Skies & Purple Huts

Starting my sunset obsession on this trip were some amazing pink skies in Goa...

Patnem - Goa, India

Patnem - Goa, India

Later in my trip when I met up with my good friend Latoya, she kept quoting 'Rose Quartz and Serenity' to me every time we saw a sunset. I had no idea what she was on about until she updated me to the Pantone colour of the year... The most beautiful combination of colours which for me have been the theme of many an evening.

After the jungle retreat I stayed in the most basic of huts on Patnem beach, Goa. I'm the kind of backpacker who is most comfortable when things are super basic i.e a small family run shack on the beach, a jungle retreat or the complete opposite - luxury accommodation! It's the in-between I'm not so sure about... I love the simplicity of having nothing but the sound of waves and the quiet hum of beach life. This hut called out to me and I was fortunate to have stayed here for a few nights before moving on. The fact that it was purple and called Fun-ta-stic was just the icing on the cake!

Fun-ta-stic Purple Hut

Fun-ta-stic Purple Hut

Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach

Beach Life

Beach Life