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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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AsiaEuropeCruise

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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Feb 21, 2014 - Oman...here we come

Six days in Oman! There were so many places of interest to us. We spent endless hours researching and planning where all we wanted to visit, where to stay and what we wanted to see and do. Using Muscat as a base, we would travel to nearby places and then down the Southern Province of Oman 'Salalah'. We would tour the cities of Amritsar, Haridwar and Rishikesh. We would relax (and scuba dive!) in Goa. We would visit the beautiful pink city of Jaipur. Between trips we would spend time in Delhi revisiting our old neighborhoods and haunts,...

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My Trip to Oman

Jan 7, 2014 - Muscat, Oman

Muscat is the capital of Oman. It is also the seat of government and largest city in the Governorate of Muscat. Known since the early 1st century as an important trading port between the west and the east, Muscat was ruled by various indigenous tribes as well as foreign powers such as the Persians and the Portuguese Empire at various points in its history. A regional military power in the 18th century, Muscat's influence extended as far as East Africa and Zanzibar. As an important port-town in the Gulf of Oman, Muscat attracted foreign...

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Feb 3, 2013 - Goodbye to Muscat

We’ve had a great time visiting my sister and her husband in Muscat and we have enjoyed living the expat life for a while – it is interesting to see the challenges that they face as well as enjoying the wonderful lifestyle. Having spent our time observing the Omani women in their traditional dress I decided to try it out – definitely not for me too hot, mind you I don’t suppose you have to worry about bad hair days! We now head off to Hong Kong which will be a completely different change of pace.

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Jan 29, 2013 - No luck at the gold souk!

We decided to revisit the souk at Mutrah – the last time we were there it was in 2008 and as it was our wedding anniversary I persuaded Jim that it was about time that he got a wedding ring as after 27 years he was probably stuck with me. We recognised the souk but with the port of Mutrah becoming a regular stop for Middle East cruises we were disappointed that many of the stalls had changed to selling more obvious souvenirs (tat). However, as we went deeper into the souk, down narrower and narrower alleyways we found the jewellery quarter...

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Jan 27, 2013 - Where did this Week go?

After all the anxiety about the weather affecting our trip we were really pleased that our arrival into Muscat went so smoothly - within 30 minutes of landing we had purchased our tourist visas and were in the car with my sister and her husband, Debbie and Hugh heading to their home. We spent a couple of hours catching up and went to bed exhausted – hardly believing that we had actually arrived at our first destination. Debbie and Hugh moved to Muscat from Dubai in June 2012 and their new home is on a new development, their section is...

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