Monday, March 22, 2010

Roundabout Series: "Three Castles Roundabout"

This roundabout is not spectacular and huge compared to the other roundabouts in downtown Al Ain but I think this is the loveliest among them all. Located at Al Baladiya Street and Baniyas Street, fairly far from the Sheikh Mubarak Roundabout, going to the north, almost at the area of Al Hili District. Actually, I coined the "three castles roundabout" because it has no name. I tried my best to find out its name to no avail. Even the gardener cum cleaner of this roundabout doesn't know anything about it.
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The design looks very striking; it has three castles on a rocky mountaintop. Actually, there's a water tumbling and flowing around it. So unlucky that it wasn't working when I was there. I guess, it was pretty early when I paid a visit of the place at around eight o'clock in the morning.


 

As you can see, my shadow is very evident while taking these photos because of my attempt to take some against the light shots. Moving closer to the center of the roundabout, I saw the gardener sleeping during the usual working hours. Leaving him undisturbed, I continued snapping.

Just right after taking all these photos, I saw him standing right in front of the castles and waving his hands. I stepped towards the center of the roundabout and I started my 'usual interview' armed with my basic Arabic. As usual, I didn't get the information that I wanted to know.

 

I also like the flowers, palm trees and the ornamental weeds. It makes the roundabout even more striking. The size and proportion seems just right compared to the other roundabouts that I've seen.

That's all folks. Hope you like the photos.
Word of the day: helwa is the arabic word for beautiful, pretty or lovely. Salaam!

13 comments:

  1. ang ganda naman :)

    caught in a deep sleep si manong haha lol

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  2. Very nice pictures. Very interesting to me.

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  3. I wish we have more roundabouts here. Although I am quite anxious whenever I take a roundabout. Vacation finished?

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  4. The roundabouts I think is very good safeguard for accidents, people try to slow down.

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your world. It is an experience learning other countries culture.

    Enjoy your vacation!

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  5. Helwa! That's what I call your photos. Very impressive.

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  6. I like the pretty flowers, but the three castle towers are just a bit strange. The sleeping gardener made me laugh!

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  7. What a responsibility the gardener owns. Taking care of so many dreams and its castles, build many times in sand or, in this case, upon a solid rock.
    Nice detail, that you did find him "at work", helping us to dream, of being allowed to share this beautiful series of yours.

    A wonderful Wednesday for you all.

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  8. hi missy! musta na vacation? ^-^
    the roundabout thing you coined was a fascinating post, the castles looks a bit odd, i mean in al-ain?! ^0^, and it looks like miniatures, maybe bec. they're just too perfect and clean. ^0^
    nice catch on the sleeping cleaner! haha, c.i.a ^0^

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  9. beautiful and very clean. parang walang tao. ilan population jan?

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  10. Misalyn! Sana makita mo ito. Gusto lang kitang batiin:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    God bless you with a day filled with love, laughter and joy.
    :)

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  11. The scenery which you catch are really transparent.
    There seem to be them right in front of my eyes.

    Your photography is splendid surely!!

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  12. This comment is indeed very late, but as the saying goes, it is better to be late than never.

    I am very grateful to all of you for always making my day with your visits. I am so happy that you liked the photos as well. Thanks for the birthday greetings too!

    Just to clear some points here, I didn't post the photo of the gardener to insult him, rather I want to show that there's always somebody responsible for every roundabout.

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