grand mosque, abu dhabi - april 2019

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.
— Marcel Proust
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I’m learning the art of constructing a travel blog. Descriptions should be clear and concise. The purpose of the article should remain the same throughout. No rambling or extra words. Proper grammar is mandatory. However, I often discover errors weeks after publishing (Sorry, Mum).

And then there are the photographs. This is the real crème de la crème of the blog (Also, avoid cliche expressions. Oops). What is the perfect number of pictures to upload? How will the layout look on a desktop vs. mobile?

Lastly, image layout is very very crucial. A visual story needs to be told. There should be a beginning, middle and end. Multiple subtitles and explanations shouldn’t be required. Remember, the viewer hasn’t necessarily visited this landmark or city. Start big and go small, establish the landscape and then focus on the detail. And in my opinion, always try to end with a noteworthy photograph.

First Up: Establishing the Landscape

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minaret abu dhubi masjid

Next Steps: Details

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The Finishing Touches: A Memorable Conclusion

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louvre, abu dhabi - april 2019

i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut
— rupi kaur
Abu Dhabi Skyline 2019

Ah yes, the museum. My go-to place whenever I’m in a new city. It was a sort of tradition started by my father. However, I hate taking photos of the actual artifacts and paintings. In my opinion, if you want to see those then go to the museum.

A small sand storm hit as we approached the city limits.

A small sand storm hit as we approached the city limits.

The frustrating thing about getting your car washed in the desert? Wait 30 minutes and it will be covered in sand again.

The frustrating thing about getting your car washed in the desert? Wait 30 minutes and it will be covered in sand again.

Yep… Iced Caps and Timbits are available in the desert.

Yep… Iced Caps and Timbits are available in the desert.

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palm trees abu dhabi highway
I love the shape Arabic letters create… However, have no idea what it means.

I love the shape Arabic letters create… However, have no idea what it means.


The Louvre

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Louvre Abi Dhabi is visual beautiful, built next to and on top of the Arabian Gulf. It is still new, you can still smell the paint.

The photos I took that day weren’t perfect… it was very sunny so shadows and backlighting proved a challenge. But I guess it’s all good practice which is my main objective.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi Domed Courtyard

Louvre Abu Dhabi Domed Courtyard

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Walking Man, on a Column by Auguste Rodin

Walking Man, on a Column by Auguste Rodin

walking man, on a column by auguste rodin

Final photographs of the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi are coming later this week. Stay posted.