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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

More of my world

Today I am offcially a member of the International Womens Club here in Almaty, a great way to meet new people! The meetings are usually held at the Intercontinental Hotel but today it was at the newly completed Golden Tulip Hotel.
This is the foyer! That chandelier is HUGE!
The room where our meeting was held......more chandeliers!
Today we had a talk on the work of UNESCO here in Kazakhstan and the neighbouring countries
A VERY shiny black and gold sofa! Here in Kazakhstan it seems that gold and shiny is the order of the day, the more BLING the better!
After the meeting we wandered just down the road to what looks like a mosque but is in fact a restaurant.......we did not have time for lunch today but I intend to go back, it looks lovely.
 The main part of the restaurant......
 with tables outside but under cover or you can eat in
 a seperate, private dining area where..........
 you sit cross-legged around a low table
 this guy guards the entrance way!

beautiful wooden carved doors at the entrance.
Hope you enjoyed another taste of kazxakhstan!

16 comments:

Effie said...

Gordon Bennet.. sitting cross legged, can't remember when my legs last did that! looks a very interesting place.

JoZart said...

Really interesting glimpse of another world! Wonderful photographs, thanks for sharing.
JoZarty x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wow I love them wooden carved doors Sue, wouldn't mind them at my house, shame they won't fit... The hotel looks gorgeous, very bling with the lighting and the black and gold chair, very plush. Great way to meet people though and would be nice if you could go back to that restaurant, although I don't know about crossing my legs I would topple over into my food LOL. Enjoy your day Sue, Tracy xx

Burnice said...

It all looks fabulous. Why can't we have hotels and stuff like that !!!!
Looking forward to seeing more pics.
Burnice x

Susan Allan said...

I did enjoy that, thank you!
Such a different world..you seem to be fitting in quite easily. How do you mange with language...or does everyone there have a good grip on English??
Sue xx

olive said...

how exotic..... looks really amazing. can you sit cross-legged? I'm loving the bling! Ciao

mustavcoffee said...

I'm totally jealous, it looks a wonderful place to visit, not sure I could manage a long stay like you but you will know the place much better afterward. Gorgeous chandeliers in the hotels and the restaurant looks like a must visit, the doors are fabulous, lots of inspiration here then, Thank you so much for sharing :0) xxx

Helen said...

Exotic is right, how fab! Have fun exploring the rest of Almaty. (Hope I remembered the spelling right from the last page!)

Sarah Anderson said...

This isn't going to sound good, but everywhere looks so clean! Amazing design and bling, such a different place than the UK!

Carol Ann said...

Wow the hotel is very impressive! Never seen Kazakhstan looking forward to seeing what else is in store!
Carol Ann xx

Ali H said...

hi Sue glad you made it back to your second home safely - thanks for sharing - it all looks so exotic from rainy Wales ! And the architechure & decor if very Moorish - it must give you loads of ideas for your projects & journals! I hope you have a great couple of months - what a brilliant experience for you - wish I had the chance to do something so out of the ordinary. I got to move to rural Carmarthenshire - beautiful, wet & not at all exotic ! Good for you for getting out to meet other girls - its hard but you have to make the effort - I've moved to a totally new area twice in 10 years so I know the feeling !! Enjoy ! Ali x

Hels Sheridan said...

Wow, that all looks so luxurious... and... checking out the orb that shows up on the ornate setee (ooh showing my Leeds roots there hun LOL)
Thanks for sharing.. hoping you had fun with the ladies ;o))

Lynne Phelps said...

Wow that looks great! I'll stop by so we can do lunch, LOL! Just kidding, but I am glad you have found such a great vehicle for meeting people and making new friends! Gorgeous hotel, I had now idea how elegant things would be after so long as part of the Soviet block. Loving the pics you are sharing!

Rosie said...

Oh boy how EXOTIC it all looks! Enjoy every minute of the experience!

Carol Q said...

picture of another world Sue. brave of you to meet up with other women - I would find that quite daunting. did it go okay? i'm not great on architecture but some of it looks very Moorish to me.

DonnaMundinger said...

What an adventure you're living! Fab pix! xxD