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May 6, 2019 - Oman oh how you’ve changed.

As we depart the ship today we will be handed a visitors Visa card. If they are NOT returned upon re-boarding you will be charged $10 on your ship account. Maybe they are Gold American Express cards. Oman is bordered by Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. First impressions: Nothing here could have been built or expanded without moving a mountain. The mountains go into the sea and are solid rock. Everything has two labels one in Arabic and the other in English street signs to hospitals. Every building looks brand new. They are really trying to...

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May 5, 2019 - Granola where art thou! Formal night bah humbug!

Breakfast: all of the cereal is in large tubes and you turn a handle, much like that on a safe and it falls into your bowl. There was no granola to stir into my yogurt. So I said “no granolas?” And the young man behind the station opens a cupboard and pulls out what must have been left in the tube and hands it to me. It was the equivalent of 8 mornings of granola. I filled three plastic water glasses with the excess. Then as I ate people came by and said where did you get all the granola and I explained and gave them a glass. The granola...

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Dec 4, 2018 - Shokran(thank you) Oman

Our final day and evening in Muscat. To add to my fun facts of yesterday...there is NO income tax in Oman! And the country has 3000km of coastline so fishing and the sea are an important part of the culture. When we drove through Muttraj today there were two beige yachts docked..the old yacht that I posted yesterday that the Sultan has given to the govermnent and his new yacht... Every girl needs a LBD....the ubiquitous abaya that all the women wear but these are the fancy ones!! We went out with Amar today and saw bottlenose...

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Jordan and Oman 2018

Dec 2, 2018 - Oman...outstanding!

We arrived in Muscat very late on Saturday night. Another time change and a little difficult to get up on Sunday. Hence we were late connecting with our driver so missed seeing the Grand Mosque which we hope to see tomorrow. Our driver Hamad gave us a tour of Old Muscat, the Sultan’s Palace(outside), a brief wander through the Souk, lunch and then a few hours in the National Museum. The current Sultan is a very enlightened ruler. Oman is a very conservative but tolerant country. Women , other cultures, other religions are all accepted and...

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Jordan and Oman 2018

Apr 10, 2018 - Muscat Oman

History: Muscat, Oman is a stunning setting between the Arabian Sea and the rocky western Al Hajar Mountains. Whitewashed buildings watched over by traditional dhow fishing boats bobbing in the harbor, the city is also a trove of royal and Islamic treasures. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was open in 2001 and can hold 20,000 worshippers. Wow such a beautiful country absolutely spotless would come back in a heartbeat. No crime, little traffic, no trash, friendly people who are clean. Unfortunately have to leave and approach the Gulf of...

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Apr 10, 2018 - Muscat, Oman Welcome to the Arabian Desert

We have had two days at sea to recover from the hustle and bustle of India. The seas were back to a lighter shade of blue and calm. Coming into Muscat harbor was totally different than where we have been. Orderly white buildings nestled along the coast, framed by desert mountains. About 3 million people live in Oman, almost half in Muscat, spread along the coast and canyons. Building code is beige or white only, under 14 stories to preserve the harmony with the landscape. A Mosque might have splashes of blue or green title. Most buildings...

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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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