Vietnam Veterans Day 2017

Today, March 29, is Vietnam Veterans Day.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks honor all veterans of the Vietnam War.   We thank you for your service and hope you have a safe and pleasant day.

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National Grammar Day and National Pound Cake Day 2017

Today, March 4, is National Grammar Day.   When did this happen?   Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, designated National Grammar Day in 2008.   The English language has over one million words.   Language is something to celebrate.   Some people might suggest that grammar is a set of rules for language, but really it is a system for understanding a language; how the words are structured.   Understanding the system and the structure helps us to better understand the language and can help us to learn new languages.   There are some hard and fast rules in grammar, though.   So, let’s use good grammar today.   This information is from http://www.NationalDayCalendar.com

For my friends that really don’t care about grammar, we have more news.   Today is also National Pound Cake Day.   So enjoy a great snack of pound cake today.   I hope mom gets me some tasty pound cake!

Pound Cake. Yum

Pound Cake. Yum

More Abu Dhabi and a Dhow Dinner Cruise with Zeb and Chanel.

Riding through Abu Dhabi, humans, duck and bear, are staring, wide eyed at all the development and the many palaces we pass.   Gazing toward the water, we spotted some planes flying low, then a few helicopters over head.   We do not know the occasion, but we enjoyed the colors left by the airplanes.

Celebrating something

Celebrating something

A celebration of some kind?  The palm trees along the streets are so pretty, and tropical.

Love palm trees

Love palm trees in front of a royal palace

Abu Dhabi has many mosques.   Most have speakers in a minaret, to call the worshippers to prayer.

Minaret of mosque with speakers

Minaret of mosque with speakers

Several times each day, we hear this call.   Our ears prefer some voices over others, but there is always the call.  Riding along the coast, we approach the beach area of Corniche.   Here again, we marvel at the innovative design of some new buildings.

Modern architecture

Modern architecture

Looking across the water, we enjoyed the view.

Emirates Palace Hotel across water

Emirates Palace Hotel across water

This is Emirates Palace, an exclusive hotel.   Admission is granted only with a hotel reservation, or a reservation at one of the restaurants.  This view of modern architecture and Emirates Palace my look familiar to many of you.

Old and new on the Persian Gulf

Old and new on the Persian Gulf

We were told that some of the recent movie, Fast and Furious 7, was filmed here.   Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is modern while retaining some older structures.   Abu Dhabi’s oil reserves are expected to last many more years, but this former desert community is now a world business center and tourist destination.   We enjoyed dinner on a Dhow Cruise.   Our boat looked festive with all the lights.

Our boat for evening cruise and dinner

Our boat for evening cruise and dinner

Our buffet dinner, delicious by the way, was served here.   The fish dish was my favorite.

Dinner served here

Dinner served here

After dinner mom and several humans enjoyed green tea with fresh mint leaves.   A nice change to our regular green tea.   Moving to the upper deck, I Zeb the Duck and Chanel the Bear, enjoyed the evening air and a wonderful view of Abu Dhabi.

Enjoying the evening upstairs after dinner

Enjoying the evening upstairs after dinner

The reflections of city lights on the water is a favorite sight for me.

Abu Dhabi skyline

Abu Dhabi skyline

We all marveled at and admired Abu Dhabi from our Dhow Dinner Cruise.

Abu Dhabi skyscrapers

Abu Dhabi skyscrapers

Such a pleasant evening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

 

Abu Dhabi Mall and Fish Market with Zeb and Chanel

The humans are hungry again!   Humans do like eat.   Tariq, our guide, says we will go to the mall and everybody can choose their preferred restaurant.  What is this?

Ferris wheel

Ferris wheel

I love ferris wheels, but mom says we do not have enough time.   We enter Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi.

Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi

Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi

This fountain is a little different than ours at home.   The water comes from above, much like rain.

Fountain inside Marina Mall

Fountain inside Marina Mall

Chanel the Bear and I, Zeb the Duck, did not get very wet.   Too bad, because ducks love water.   And this…

Dinosaur

Dinosaur

A dinosaur in the mall to promote another exhibit.   Very interesting.   Having lunch, the reason for this stop, leads us to this Lebanese restaurant.

Villa Beirut for lunch

Villa Beirut for lunch

We order humus with chick peas.   The humus, similar to paste, lines the bowl.   Accompanied by a bowl of assorted olives, all very tasty, but not overwhelming our taste buds.

Our lunch

Our lunch

The aroma of fresh, warm bread teases our senses.   We eat the bread and then they brought another basket.   Heavenly!   But, don’t forget, we are from the United States so we ordered French Fries from this Lebanese restaurants.   Tasting perfect, they did not last long.   And the Diet Cokes quenched our thirst.   We also drank water with lemon.   A perfect light lunch for humans, duck and bear.   Wandering through the mall, we saw this sign.

Common sign

Common sign

Rather common here, but not usual in our malls at home.   Leaving the mall, the column caught our attention.

Column in Abu Dhabi

Column in Abu Dhabi

A tribute to the royal family, we think.    Next stop is the fish market of Abu Dhabi.

Fish Market of Abu Dhabi

Fish Market of Abu Dhabi

I wonder if this is like the fish market I visited last July in Maputo, Mozambique.   Let’s go inside to see.   Yes, it is.   I love seeing the different kinds of fish.   This man is showing me the fish.

fish market

fish market

Another seller and I am with a human and more fish.

fish market

Fish market with my new friend

Well, what is this he is bringing near me?

fish market. eel??

fish market. eel??

I believe it is an eel.   This man likes me, too.   He thinks I might be hungry.

fish market for a snack

Fish market for a snack

Now, I, Zeb the Duck, am sampling a small fish.   Very nice snack for me.  Mom takes me to this display.

fish market

fish market

Some different kinds of fish here.   I like the fish market, and the sellers are always so nice to me.   My friend, Chanel the Bear, is here also, but she is made of cloth.   Mom can put me in a tub of soapy water and wash me.   If Chanel sat with the fish, she would smell like fish for the entire trip.   Maybe not a good idea, Chanel.   We are happy you watched from your carrying bag.