Day 6. Exploring Jakarta’s colonial heritage

It was 8.00 a.m. when we drew back the curtains after sleeping soundly for almost ten hours, catching up on deprived sleep from the previous night of travelling.  Soon we were ready to experience breakfast in the Jakarta Novotel's restaurant on the 6th floor.  We found a vast array of cooked dishes under stainless steel …

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Day 5. First impressions of Jakarta

Our overnight Qatar Airways flight had arrived into Jakarta's new Terminal 3 which was spacious and very easy to navigate.  Immigration was a speedy process as hardly any other passengers appeared to require the same queue but we did have to wait what seemed like ages for our luggage to appear with our two suitcases …

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Day 4. Our final day in Doha

It was hard to believe that this was our final day in Doha, the time having passed by all too quickly. We'd arranged a late check out so set off on foot after our leisurely breakfast to take a look at the National Museum of Qatar which opened in Spring 2019. It took around 25 …

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Day 3. Visiting the Qatar National Library and Aspire Park, Doha

It was 8.00 a.m. by the time we managed to rouse ourselves from our luxuriously comfortable bed, and on opening the window blinds were pleased to note that weather in the Middle East had returned to normal, following the previous day's heavy rain. After another leisurely breakfast on the Al Terrace balcony we sipped cappuccinos …

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Day 2. Exploring Doha, Qatar

We had slept for almost 11 hours managing to catch up on the lost sleep from our overnight flight.  We woke refreshed at 8.00 a.m. and then enjoyed a long, relaxing breakfast on the terrace of the hotel's Al Terrace restaurant enjoying the gentle breeze.  I started the day with a glass of freshly squeezed …

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Day 1. Qatar Airways Stopover Programme

A series of posts on my holiday to Doha, Jakarta and Bali which I visited in autumn 2019 and haven't documented previously. I realise that we can't travel right now but are all itching to leave our homes and start exploring again be it near or far, so for the time being why not sit …

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