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Feb 6, 2016 - Up the creek to just desert

This country offers endlessly differing landscapes from one hour to the next. One moment you could be on the moon with jagged ochre lava rocks on one side and then limestone cliffs a moment later. However the day starts at the point where eons ago a canyon was formed into the mountain range splitting the thousand foot limestone cliffs into two where very occasionally a raging torrent suddenly emerges to disgorge its power into the valley. Hoping for a dry day we head off deep into the ravine along the riverbed which is littered with huge...

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Feb 5, 2016 - Auction Day - Omani style

Up early today for Friday auction day in Nizwa. Forget Sotherbys, think the running bulls of Pamplona and make sure your life insurance is uptodate before you go. Let me set the scene. In a large patch of ground outside the souk and the famous Nizwa fort sits a sort of circular covered rostrum affair while crowds of mainly men in their dazzling white dash-dash garments mill around the outside, surrounded by tethered goats and trucks of cows and bulls ready to be auctioned. So far so good but then things liven up as the auctioneers begin to...

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Feb 4, 2016 - Pete 'n' Dud ride again

Into the interior up in the mountains at 6,000 feet plus on dirt track switchback roads clinging to the side of vertiginous unguarded sheer drops.. What could wrong? Well, just the driver really and his unique driving technique. I thought I'd communicate the issue obliquely by telling him about the Pete and dud sketch about Tarzan. I explained Pete was looking to recruit someone to play Tarzan, a role normally given to a biped but as dud was deficient in the leg department to the tune of one, he wasn't really suited. This was my of telling...

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Jan 31, 2013 - Nizwa

Today we made our planned trip to Nizwa – a town approximately 140 km inland from Muscat, it features prominently in Omani history and was once the capital of Oman. The drive proved interesting as we left the coastal plain and headed towards the mountain ranges that are an ever present backdrop to the scenery of Muscat. I had assumed that leaving the capital behind we would be travelling on very basic roads – my mistake it was dual carriageway for most of the journey and without the contraflows that feature at home. Despite this the small...

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May 4, 2012 - Nizwa

5-4 Wiki Info Nizwa After our bus ride back to Muscat we got onward tickets to Nizwa. Since it doesn't leave until 2:30pm we decide to go where stores are open now (10:30am - it's Friday and in conservative Oman nearly everything is closed after noon). This led us on somewhat of wild goose chase, trying to find cheaper transport and ending up first at the Crowne Plaza Hotel then at City Center Mall before finally returning to bus terminal...not cheap at all using taxis most of the way! ($26.00 US split 3 ways)! It seems to me that the...

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Feb 25, 2011 - Muscat: A Day on a Dhow

Muscat: A Day on a Dhow ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 25 February 2011 This ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trip Notes:

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'O' is for Oman

Feb 24, 2011 - Nizwa to Muscat

Nizwa to Muscat: Nizwa & Nakhal Forts ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 24 February 2011 This ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trip Notes:

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'O' is for Oman

Feb 23, 2011 - Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams: Oman's Grand Canyon ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 23 February 2011 This ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trip Notes:

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Feb 22, 2011 - Wahiba Sands to Nizwa

Wahiba Sands to Nizwa: Camels & Castles ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 22 February 2011 This ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trip Notes:

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'O' is for Oman

Dec 12, 2009 - Jebel Akhdar

Une fois n'est pas coutume, je me suis réveillé tout seul, sans réveil à 6h45 du matin et je me suis levé sans aucune difficulté... Décidemment, le soleil y est pour beaucoup dans mon sommeil. François est parti au travail à 7h20, et moi je quitte l'appartement vers 7h35, après une douche et un café rapides. fait un temps superbe pour conduire... Je prends la voiture pour me rendre dans la région du Jebel Akhdar (Montagne verte), au sud-ouest de Mascate. Pour s'y rendre, rien de plus facile : il faut prendre l'autoroute et sortir à Nizwa, à...

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Apr 6, 2005 - Nizwa and Jebel Shams

From the coastal lowlands along the Gulf of Oman, our next destination would take us high into the mountains, straight to the rim of Jebel Shams, the Grand Canyon of Arabia. Our day began with an early morning wakeup call to watch the sunrise overlooking Muscat's largest beach. We quickly loaded our car to visit one final locale in Muscat, the famed Al-Bustan Hotel. The Bustan is the best hotel in all of Oman and its price seems all the more reasonable when compared with similarly priced hotels in Dubai of lesser quality and beauty. The...

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Feb 12, 2005 - Exploring Oman's Grand Canyon

From the dirt poor little village of Al Khateem we'd descended into Wadi Ghul and followed a trail inside the canyon wall. The wadi has been described as Oman's 'Grand Canyon' and the 1000-metre drop, sometimes little more than an arm-span from the edge of our trail, certainly justified the description. Far below we could see a small village at the bottom of the canyon and tiny green fields confirmed there must be some water down there. Our walk led to Sap Bani Khamis, a deserted village with a series of terraced fields clinging desperately...

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