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Retro Metro

Getting ready to open at Villagio is one of my favorite places – Paul’s. When you can’t get to France, you can at least get to Paul’s. No, no little pichet of good wine with your salad, but truly great croissants, tartes and salads, and I am a great fan of their salmon fettucine.

And look what they are doing at Villagio! Look at the Art Nouveau wrought-iron trim on the shade! It looks like the Sacre Coeur metro stop! When it opens, it will be out in the open, a la Marina Mall, very French sidewalk cafe/restaurant. Unlike Al Kout Mall, this one has no outside area, tant pis!

When the weather outside is blistering hot, these malls are the only comfortable place to be. Thank God they are done with so much imagination.

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May 20, 2007 Posted by | Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Doha, Eating Out, ExPat Life, France, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Middle East, Photos, Qatar, Shopping, Social Issues, Weather | Leave a comment

Strolling Through Villagio

As I sat in the Kuwait airport, waiting, waiting, waiting . . . .I ran into a friend also heading to Doha, and we spent some time together. For one thing, she told me about Villagio, which didn’t exist when I lived in Doha.

If I lived in Doha, this is where I would spend my summer, walking along the avenues and gondola filled lagoons of Villagio. After a good stroll, I could sit down at one of the many restaurants and cafes and wipe out all the good work I had done strolling!

How cool is this?
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The lagoon winds through the Mall, and you can take a boat ride when you are tired of shopping:
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I love all the attention to detail, especially the streetlights, which are lit day and night, and provide a delightful romantic atmosphere:
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The perfect place for a stroll – or a 10K hike!
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May 20, 2007 Posted by | Adventure, Community, Cultural, Customer Service, Doha, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Lumix, Middle East, Photos, Qatar, Shopping, Uncategorized, Venice | 17 Comments