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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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Dubai Part 1

Category: Mummy's Adventures  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012


Dubai Part 1

After three or four meals, two showers each, (we just loved the Shower Spa in First Class), Alexandra and I have landed in Dubai. We have now rested and studied local etiquette at the Hotel Heaven of the Burj Al Arab!

Extraordinarily lavish, the Burj Al Arab bills itself as the world's only Seven Star hotel. Every floor at the Burj has its own reception desk, and butler service! All rooms are duplexes! Well we are in love! This hotel does not disappoint. We have decided to tour the hotel with the Manager! He was quick to extend this kind invitation!

The Burj Al Arab features and elegantly contoured sail-shaped exterior and highly extravagant interiors. Dancing fountains, vast aquariums, vivid carpet designs, plenty of gold trim and a startlingly blue-hued atrium all conspire to make the Burj Al Arab a feast for the eyes.

We are assured that the security is stringent at the gate; non guests may enter only if reserving a table at one of the various restaurants, all of which are excellent! Sounds like a Flaunt Fabulous Find! Then I remind myself we note this hotel in The School of Flaunt Handbook!!

Our tour was coming to an end at the Beach and Marina, when we spotted our prey: MUMMY!.

There she was entertaining many guests with stories and laughter! Evelyn was sipping something blue and Mummy had a large bottle of something. Hope this is OK? Oh, yes, it is the Boodles! Amazing, this hotel has everything! I am reminded by Alexandra that alcohol is OK at a Hotel.

We make our way behind the palm trees to eavesdrop on the glittering conversationalist.

By the way, they are in caftans, very long, flowing and flowery! We would not have been able to find them in Burkas, other than my mother and Evelyn both have BLUE EYES! (Something of a rarity in UAE.)


Mummy: "Yes, and I said to HRH, Darling Highness, you must not ride side saddle, it's far too dangerous for our age. Hips, you know?"


Mummy: "She has thanked me ever since. Tells me often how I just SAVED her life and limbs! She really is a divine rider. Love to hunt with HRH!"

Small aside: Mother has not ridden with HRH since the 50's. Although, they are friends.

Mummy: "So many tales and so little time. Now where should one have dinner in this town?"

Evelyn: Hiccupping, "I am starrrrving!"

Small aside: I have never seen Evelyn tipsy! Will have to keep a close eye on these two.

Dashing Man in long robes and headdress: "My dear Clarrissa, you must dine with me!"

Large Aside: This guy is older, handsome and apparently my mother is interested!! Oh No! What about Daddy? What about all those tales of white slavers? Well, we were assured of the safety for women here, but remembering that being "friendly" could be taken the "wrong" way by locals.

Mummy: "Why your Highness, I would love to dine with you!" (With batting eyes)


To be continued

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