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Apr 19, 2017 - return to Oman

Our second visit to Oman went so much better than the first. We stayed in Muscat where most of the people in the country live and had a great guide, who talked a blue streak as we drove from site to site. He said that at the end of high school, Omanis take a university entrance test and those who score high enough get a free eduction at Oman’s university or an all-expenses paid education at any university in the world. Those with lower scores are sent to tech schools also tuition free. They feel that a well educated populace is essential...

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Apr 15, 2017 - Muscat

Muscat, Oman: a new country for our list. We’re not too crazy about their neighbors: Yeman, Saudi Arabia and Iran a short sail away across the Arabian Sea. But their country has three different Muslim sects living in harmony together, no small feat in this neck of the woods. They have been governed by the same absolute monarch since they became a country. Since we have left India, the humidity has dropped about 60% and the temperature has climbed a bit more. It’s tolerable in the shade, but there is very little shade, because this country...

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Feb 16, 2017 - Oman

Nous profitons de la semaine scolaire pour s'échapper 5 jours a Oman, pays voisin. Apres 6 heures de route, nous y voila. Plus authentique que Dubai, plus montagneux, plus vert, ce pays nous a séduit. Voyage itinerant. Nous visitons meme les beaux hotels maintenant mais seulement pour y prendre un verre. C'est vrai qu' ils vont être bien la les gens pour la nuit :-) Pour notre guesthouse n'a pas eu le succès souhaite. Marin:"Je veux rentrer a Dubai!!!!" Aloe:" c'est quoi ca? c est pas un hotel." Bon, a leur décharge, nous sommes arrives de...

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Les Bertin a Dubai

Apr 5, 2016 - Dubai, Abu Dhabi, & Muscat Revisited

Rosemary, George, Lidia & I spent a day exploring Dubai before departing on our cruise to Venice, Italy. As Lidia & I had seen much of Dubai the previous stay there, R & G (saves a few key strokes !) did some exploring on their own. We did explore together, especially the Souks (marketplaces), and visited the first semi-private school in Dubai. George was sent to detention for asking too many questions ! We did buy some fresh saffron, which would cost a fortune back home; and it was so fragrant & softly moist with vivid color. After the...

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Mar 29, 2016 - Muscat, Oman

The Musica is a comfortable ship with about 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew. Good Italian food and bread (though the best bread goes quickly). Meats in general are over cooked, so we stay with fish. Pizza available all day; it's pretty good (not quite Home Slice quality) though toppings are pretty skimpy. The relaxation of the cruise is quite enjoyable after months of constant land travel. Awakening in the Muscat harbor immediately introduced us to a Middle East setting, so unlike the bustling modern skyscraper filled cities of Dubai and...

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Feb 8, 2016 - Not a turtle disaster, more a curate's egg

Is this a police state? Well I have never come across so many policeman anywhere ever, though to be fair most of them are sleeping ones, but not all. Wherever two or more new house are built, up goes a mosque and down goes a speed bump so that despite almost traffic free smooth straight roads (except in the mountains) it is never possible to get out of second gear because if the bumps don't get you, police radar will. They send you a bill once a year and parked unmarked cars are very frequent loitering along the highways. Despite these...

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Feb 3, 2016 - Life's great mysteries - continued

Travel doesn't really broaden the mind or answer questions, just raised additional ones. Here are a couple. I have quite a lot in common with the Sultan of Oman: dashing good looks and getting on a bit, worrying who is going to take over when we're gone. Now in my case it's pretty straightforward of course, but not, it seems, for him. You see no one knows if he has a wife, or many wives, any or many children, whether male or female. So what's the answer? Wait and see. Yes the clever fellow has handed out envelopes to a few trusted...

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Nov 14, 2015 - Muscat, Day Two

I apologize for being so behind on my entries. I have had some company visiting as my excuse. OUr second day in Muscat took us through the souks again to get to the corniche. While walking through one of the retailers managed to get Al's attention. The local head wear for the Omani men is either a small brimless cap called a kumma that sits on top of their head or a cashmere kerchief called a massar The men can also wear a combination of both. Along with the headdress the men wear something called a dishdasha which is a long robe with a...

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ASIS Abu Dhabi

Nov 13, 2015 - Muscat, Oman

Ahhh, time for another border run. This time we were able to fly to Muscat to meet up with Al's brother Lee and Judy for the weekend. The flight out Thursday afternoon was a short 45 minutes in the air. The school allowed Al to leave early that day because of the border run necessity. Lee and Judy met us at the airport on their way through town. Timing seemed impeccable. Al did an amazing job of navigating crazy, busy, rush hour traffic through Muscat. The map app we were depending on suddenly quit but somehow low and behold there was our...

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ASIS Abu Dhabi

Apr 24, 2015 - Muscat

What a surprise Muscat is! Very well planned, tree lined streets, parks and gardens, modern buildingsl , low rise mostly white. Very, very hot - doesn't get below about 36 at night and has been around 41 during the day. Hotel quite comfortable but a bit out of the way of anything so need to get a taxi everywhere. Been to the Corniche or waterfront for dinner and a stroll each night. You can eat cheaply and again delicious fruit drinks - it's so long since I've had alcohol ( including the four weeks before I left home and couldn't drink...

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Iran, Dubai and Oman

Apr 11, 2014 - Muscat 2

Day two in Muscat was a Friday and their weekend so most things were closed. A few of us went ashore at 8 am to walk to what we called the Frankincense burner that was about three km away from where the shuttle from the ship dropped us. This walk along the Corniche that ran along by the ocean is beautifully done in tile with many statues. Everything is pristine with not so much as a sweet wrapper out of place. By 9.30 am the temperature was beginning to climb and we were able to enter the some beautiful gardens surrounding the “frankincense...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Muscat, Oman

In startling contrast to Mumbai we are now in the pristine city of Muscat, Oman. We had to take a shuttle from the ship to the Souk and then barter with the taxi drivers for where you wanted to go and how much! With four of us travelers it makes it much more affordable and has a safer feeling to it. Although it feels very safe anywhere in Muscat. We had our taxi driver, whose English was not great, take us first to the new Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. And it was very grand indeed as you can see from the photos. We did not get a whole lot of...

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