We went on an early morning trip to Al Balad; a lovely place, full of amazing old architecture! Wandering around the backstreets of the old town, I fell in love with the “Rawasheen,” the closed balconies. We went so early that the streets were empty and the shops were closed. As we were leaving we caught a glimpse of the shops opening and really had the sense of how crowded it can get. It was a nice experience to get to see the old part of Jeddah where people used to live many years ago and we were lucky enough to have an expert guide, Khalid who seemed to know everything there was to know about the city!