We had one more day in Dubai so shared a taxi to the Mercato Mall but it was soooo pricey we only lasted half an hour and didn't even take a photo even though it was meant to be a little Venice.
What we really wanted to do was get back on an abra and zigzag the creek for 20p a ride and then go and buy some pashminas. Yes, I know. We were up for more haggling. But this was "real" Dubai and we liked it.
We thought we were well prepared for the onslaught of pashmina persuaders, after all we were going to buy one, right? Or even two. But somehow we spent a fortune...WHAT were we THINKING? We knocked him down a LOT and don't think we were ripped off but I need to google the price of a SILK pashmina and a CASHMERE pashmina. THEY ARE SOOOOO NICE THOUGH. Why buy cheap when you can buy quality?
And then we made a run for it.
Honestly, those pasmina persuaders just didn't give up.
Even when I kept saying "No thankyou, I've just bought FOUR!"
They had this trick of asking you to feel it and then letting go, leaving you holding it. And when you learnt not to take it, they would throw it on you so you walked off wearing it.
So we put our heads down and made a run for it....
...well, until we emergency stopped at THIS shop.
I was in cashew heaven.
Fig heaven and date heaven.
Pester me pester me I want to haggle.
But they didn't.
They KNEW we'd be buying.
Needless to say we spent a few more dirhams.
We had had a brilliant holiday. We had great fun in Dubai, really, really liked Oman, would like to see more of Abu Dhabi, were pleased with our bartering skills, loved the Splendour of the Seas, saw dolphins and spectacular mosques, walked miles and laughed our little heads off.