All week I had been looking forward to a weekend staycation at the four seasons. Then one look at this weeks weather made me change my mind … rain and thunderstorms. Not exactly perfect weather for a beach break. So postponing our break until the following week we were at a loss at what to do with our rainy Doha weekend. I looked in our entertainer app for inspiration when I saw for this month only there was a 2 for 1 brunch offer at hwang – problem solved!  View Post

There are loads of great restaurants in Souq Waqif to eat at but one of my favourites is Parisa, an Iranian restaurant.

So why do I love it?

The decor at Parisa, Souq Waqif

I think this has to be the most opulent restaurant in the souq. From the moment you enter through the mirrored corridor you are transported somewhere else. The mirrored ceiling, the mural walls and the beautiful foundation in the center make this a really stunning setting.

The beautiful ceiling

The beautiful ceiling

the beautiful Parisa Souq Waif restaurant

the beautiful Parisa Souq Waif restaurant

Service at Parisa

The staff are always attentive and willing to bring out more bread even after I Have consumed my own body weight in the stuff! They are also really friendly and great with small talk and recommendations.

The food at Parisa

You can’t go wrong with a kebab but Parisa excels at them. We love getting the sharing platter so we can try them all as I can never decide which one to order!

I also love their sweet walnut and pomegranate chicken stew which is like nothing else I have ever eaten.

But the star of the show is their rice. They do different kinds, saffron and dill being my favourites. It is truly the fluffiest rice I have ever tasted.

Kebab

Atmosphere at Parisa, souq Waqif

In the evening there are usually a couple of musicians playing traditional music which really adds to the ambiance.

Desserts 

I usually haven’t left nearly enough room for pudding but I always managed to force myself to have one. I particularly love the pistachio ice cream with saffron biscuits

Yummy pudding – photo credit my lovely friend Jen

When to go 

Parisa is great all year round but can’t be beaten when it’s hot and you need interior seating. But in truth go anytime you won’t be disappointed!

There is a second branch of Souq Waqif at the Sharq hotel but Parisa Souq Waqif has to be my favourite.

Cruise embarkation day packing list for families with babies

One of the first holidays we did with baby E was a cruise around the western Mediterranean. As experienced cruisers we knew what to pack for us and for Baby E so thought we’d put together the essential list for others considering taking a baby on cruises. Whether you are new to cruising or perhaps new to cruising with a baby we hope this list will be of use

Remember

On embarkation day you leave your main baggage in the cruise terminal which will be delivered to your stateroom later in the day. If you are lucky it will arrive quickly. If you are unlucky it might not arrive until after you have had dinner. So here is what you should bring in your carry on

  • Enough milk / food to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
  • Enough nappies and related paraphernalia to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
  • Pram if you want to use to take to dinner or go for a stroll around deck
  • Outfit for dinner and other clothing changes as required
  • Toys
  • Medicines
  • Swimwear if your cruise allows babies and toddlers in the pool (has a baby pool)
  • Pjs for all the family

 Remember:

It is mandatory for all cruise guests on the first day to do an emergency evacuation drill. To prepare for this you will need:

  • Sun-hat, sunscreen or cold weather clothing depending on cruise location i.e Caribbean or Alaskan!
  • Baby carrier – A baby carrier is an essential. If you decide not wait for the lift and use the stairs you will definitely need the carrrier for safety on the stairs.

Have you cruised with a baby? What do you recommend bringing on in embarkation day?

I love Rome. It’s architecture, history, culture, food even its’ chaotic traffic evokes a real sense of place however sometimes its nice to escape to tranquility, especially now we have a baby and that’s where Villa Borghese Gardens comes into it! The Gardens are in the trendy Via Veneto area and are located close to the Spanish Steps. I don’t know about you but after a visit to the Spanish Steps I always need to time to recharge my batteries and escape the crowds so really the Gardens are a perfect tonic! Alternatively if you want to avoid the Spanish Steps there is an easy entrance on Via Veneto.

The Park

The Park

The Gardens are Rome’s third largest public park and along with being a beautifully landscaped garden it also has a number of buildings and museums, the main attraction of these being Galleria Borghese, the Museum of Modern Art and the Globe Theatre. Tickets for gallery entrance must be pre booked and are time limited. However, if you don’t manage to get tickets there are plenty of sculptures to keep any art fan amused.

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

The Piazza di Siena, close to the Via Veneto entrance, hosted the equestrian events during the 1960 Rome Olympics and is a perfect place to go for a run.

Piazza di Siena

Piazza di Siena

The Gardens also offer some great viewing platforms to take in some great and interesting perspectives of Rome such as that at Piazza Napoleone.

In the centre of the gardens is a beautiful lake overlooked by the stunning Temple of Aesculapius. The lake in front can be boated in good weather, but on our last trip we weren’t lucky enough to do this! But I am sure when we return when Baby E is a bit older this is something we will definitely do!

Temple and Boating Lake

Temple and Boating Lake

It is also one of the best places for families in Rome. It is easily accessible with a pram, there are large open spaces and plenty of playgrounds for children and lots of lovely shaded areas to sit and relax if you are there in the summer heat.

In my opinion every great city has a great park and for me Villa Borghese is Rome’s great park!

Things to remember:

  • There are several restaurants within the Gardens or alternatively take a picnic
  • Tickets to go into Galleria Borghese must be booked in advance
  • Prams and bags of any description are not allowed inside the gallery.


 

 

This will be a new monthly feature to let you know where we are travelling to in the following month. We are hoping this page will keep our readers informed, get recommendations from other travellers about our upcoming locations and let any potential partners know  locations of where we are going  should anyone want to partner with us while we are there (please contact wandermustfamily at wandermustfamily.com for any potential partnership work).

That being said next month we will be doing a tour of the great B’s of the UK

  •  Bath and surrounding area
  •  Birmingham
  •  Berkhamsted
  •  Henley upon Thames (ok I know that doesn’t begin with a B but we are going)

It is also Wandermust Daddy’s birthday next week and we have both been desperate to try the food at Nobu Doha so going to see if we can book in there before we head back to the Uk

Please add comments about any of your top tips for these destinations and any potential partners please email us wandermustfamily at wandermustfamily.com about potential collaboration opportunities or check our our Contact Us/Work with us Page!

The Wandermust Family