Very pleasant trip to RAK over the weekend with the family and Dad who arrived on Thursday (traffic appalling around Dxb - in fact the traffic has been really bad everywhere in Dubai since everyone got back from holiday in September - probably a subject for a separate post). We stayed at the W.aldforf Ast.oria which we visited at the beginning of the year. This time the weather was fine and we managed to spend both days on the beach. Due to a flood we were moved to rooms at the side of the hotel which had the largest balconies I have ever seen in hotel. In fact the hotel itself had a remarkable number of empty "space" areas - in the corridors etc. which suggested that the architect was not particulaly concerned with utilisation of living areas - the three domes which were a distinguishing feature were also rather cathedral-like so the whole impression was one of vast areas of carpet and emptiness. Must have cost a fortune to build.
The food was excellent (although quite expensive). Howevever, every one returned relaxed and ready for the week ahead.