This post is part of a series on Bahrain’s tourist attractions, notable places of interest, and just about everything I love about the island. Bahrain has been home to me since 2007.
It’s the middle of September, and finally the temperatures have become more forgiving.
Meaning, no more excuses for this serial couch potato not to walk/jog during the early evenings to burn some calories. Yes, I have to move my a** before I reach 200lbs! (>_<)
There are two usual walk/jog routes one can choose from (for those living within Hoora, Gudaibiya, Adliya, Juffair)…
First is the jogging circle within Al Andalus Park, about 250 m per round. It’s actually a nice, well-lit park, with a well maintained garden landscape, soccer and volleyball courts, et al.
However, as it’s a public park, it can be crowded sometimes. Especially weekends. I remember running into work colleagues in IT, Admin and Finance departments several times and some even invite you to join their barbecue picnic! Awts. I am trying to sweat out some sleeping carbs here, please… T_T
Or maybe I’m just really an anti-social freak. = p
Hence I prefer the second option: Al Fateh + Adliya route, which is actually along Shaik Duaij Avenue – Al Fateh Highway – Bani Otbah Avenue loop, about 2 kms per round.
Now, let’ start!🙂
Our flat building is along Shaik Duaij Avenue, and from there you proceed and turn right at the last junction signal to reach Al Fateh Highway.
Just a few meters and this beautiful sight immediately greets you. The stunning Al Fateh Grand Mosque.
Simply breathtaking… everytime.
Just be careful while enjoying the view. Stay on the jogging lane and don’t drift to the middle of the highway otherwise you might get hit by a speeding Porsche, or a Jaguar, or a Hummer, or a Ferrari…🙂
On the next signal junction (Juffair – Adliya), we turn right.
Then there’s this water fountain landmark at the junction turn.
Sometimes all seven fountains are “on show”, this time only the middle fountain. Me schedule bah? Dunno. Will check out later. 🙂
Next landmark is Gulf Hotel. This is our favorite hotel. Why?
Because it houses the Gulf Cellar (where you can buy bottomless bags of beer cases and vodka bottles hehehe). But since the start of the year, I’m very proud to say that I’ve remarkably reduced alcohol purchases and consumption. Signs of maturity?!?🙂
This is now part of Adliya area, along Bani Otbah Avenue, home to many posh cafes and restaurants. But I’m not giving in to grab a bite nor a sip. We continue further.
At this turn also sits the Gudaibiya Palace compound. I don’t know who among the Royal family resides inside. There are many palaces across the island. Just all of these palaces are grand and beautiful.
The Gudaibiya Palace has many entrance gates, I’ve lost count. This is just one of them.
By the way, across this entrance to Gudaibiya Palace is Dessange Paris, one of the most popular, luxury spas in Bahrain. Wish ko lang to spend a day here. Hooong mahal (so pricey) lah.🙂
We continue further and reach the Adliya – Gudaibiya junction.
At the turn is the Old Palace. I also don’t know among the Royal family resides inside, but I really admire the double staircase in the front building. It’s just like in Disney fairytales.🙂
Again we turn right and now return to Shaikh Duaij Avenue.
We stop by a cold store and grab a bottle of water. And if we’re not too chicken, let’s go for another round!
NB: I really need to do this daily. Especially it’s 100 Days before Christmas.🙂
Keeping my fingers crossed,