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7 hours ago, Mtngirl2 said:

The old souk is fun, plus the museum, mosque, etc.  Muscat is an enchanting, beautiful old city!!  Enjoy every moment!  I would go back once more!

 

Great background from your experiences in Muscat and Oman.  Wonderful "preview" to build up our excitement for this first visit here.  Looking forward to gaining this sampling.  We will use a ship's tour.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Also, if anyone has a chance in Muscat, take a taxi out to the Al Bustan Hotel (about 15 minutes from center of Muscat), gorgeous hotel on the sea, and treat yourself to lunch!  It is a fabulously beautiful hotel, built for the OPEC oil conference 20 or so years ago.  Well worth the lunch or afternoon tea experience!!!!!!

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On 10/28/2018 at 5:29 PM, Mtngirl2 said:

Also, if anyone has a chance in Muscat, take a taxi out to the Al Bustan Hotel (about 15 minutes from center of Muscat), gorgeous hotel on the sea, and treat yourself to lunch!  It is a fabulously beautiful hotel, built for the OPEC oil conference 20 or so years ago.  Well worth the lunch or afternoon tea experience!!!!!!

 

Appreciate this great suggestion and follow-up.   Did look up more for this Al Bustan hotel/resort.  Seems very classy and impressive!!  We are only in port from 7 am to 4 pm.  Have a ship's tour to see many of the key Muscat highlights from 8:45 am-12:45 pm.  Will see how much added time we have, etc.  Good option to consider.  Keep up the excellent sharing, tips and ideas!!  Now less than two weeks until we depart for Athens and starting our cruise on Nov. 16. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Enjoy your travels, Terry in Ohio!  You are a wonderful writer and I have enjoyed your postings! We are headed to an Amazon River cruise on November 9 for 28 days! Have fun on your trip! 

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1 hour ago, Mtngirl2 said:

Enjoy your travels, Terry in Ohio!  You are a wonderful writer and I have enjoyed your postings! We are headed to an Amazon River cruise on November 9 for 28 days! Have fun on your trip! 

 

Enjoyed your wonderful follow-up and kind wishes.  YES, enjoy your Amazon River adventure!!  What specific ports will you be visiting and which parts of this amazing river will you be exploring?  If I can answer any questions from our Amazon River trip three years ago, let me know. Good luck and safe travels. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.).  Now at 61,093 views:

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Sorry for not posting back on this thread for what we saw and did in Oman.  Did we enjoy?  YES!!  Super, wonderful experience.  Fortunately, we had a private guide who made such a significant difference.  With our excellent private tour for just the four of us,  we experienced a wide range of sights both inside Oman and nearby to this capital city.

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

For latest live/blog, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East.  Connect at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/

 

Here is one of the key sights when doing either a sail-in or sail-away for Oman.  This white, uniquely-shaped structure is somewhat of an icon for Oman.  Left below is one of the old fortresses built by Portugal during its control here in this area.:

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In doing the sail-in to Muscat, here was the pilot boat approaching our ship with some of the scenic areas showing in the background.  Great welcoming for this impressive city and its setting.:

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Here is a small sampling for what we saw and experienced in and around their Grand Mosque.  Very impressive with its classy design, refined style, wonderful landscaping and plantings, etc., etc.:

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Here is the Oman flag flying high in the cool sea breeze.:

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Below picks up more for the amazing experiences in Muscat, Oman.  Don't miss this town with its dramatic improvements during the past couple of decades under their current Sultan.   He has been very forward-looking and visionary for his nation.  Plus, having billions in oil money helps the process.  And, he is the absolute ruler, so the critics do not slow him down too much with his leadership that has taken his country into the 21st Century.

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Here is the view as we approached walking into the spectacular Royal Opera House Oman.  The building design and construction detailing were amazing to see as we were exploring this facility.  It was officially opened on October 12, 2011, with a production of the opera Turandot, conducted by Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo.  The Sultan is a big classical music fan and it shows.  The second picture shows its main lobby and grand staircase.  We could not get fully into the main auditorium as a rehearsal was being conducted inside.  The third picture gives a small sample for the wood and other materials used with this facility inside its main theater.:

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In the lobby, a large number of historic musical instruments are displayed.  Second is the lobby for the VIP visitors to this Opera House.  Third is an example of the teak work and iron lighting used in one of the areas of this complex.  No detail was missed in its design and construction.  It was done with great class and style.:

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Finally, as a part of this complex are various dining and shopping options.  This picture below is of the interior for one of the candy/dessert shops from France that is located next door.  Yes, we super enjoyed a tasty treat from here!  Amazing!.:

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The various markets in Muscat, Oman, were very good, highly fascinating, etc., etc.  Need photo evidence and proof?  See below!!  So much more to share from Oman's capital and nearby. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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In the Muscat fish market, this is one of the most impressive areas we have seen during our world travels.  There was such a wide variety of fresh seafood being offered here.  Plus, many interesting people here staffing this market.  Sorry, this pictures do not transmit the special "smells" from the fresh fish.:

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Next was for visiting their nearby market area for fresh produce, spices, dates, etc., etc.  Lots to sample and experience here!:

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Finally, here is a very small sampling for their old market with a wide variety of goods being offered and in some cases, "pushed" in Muscat.  When my wife was looking for tee-shirts for our two grandsons, the price went up and the merchant was being unreasonable.  Our guide was great in showing her temper, pushing the point and getting us the more reasonable pricing after he tried to play games.:

 

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Oman's metropolitan area is large, covering approximately 1,400 square miles and including nearly two million people.  It has been known since the early First 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, Portugal, the Iberian Union and the Ottoman Empire at various periods during its long history. 

 

A regional military power in the 18th century, Muscat's influence extended as far as East Africa and Zanzibar and up into Pakistan. As a key port-town in the Gulf of Oman, Muscat attracted foreign tradesmen and settlers such as the Persians, those from India, etc. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development that has led to a fast-growing economy and a multi-ethnic society.  The rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape of Muscat. The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman and is in the proximity to the strategic Straits of Hormuz.

 

Our private guide, Valentina, set-up by our travel partner, Amy, was excellent in driving us around and giving us insights about such a wide variety of sites and sights in this surprisingly-wonder port stop.  Don't miss ALL that Muscat offers!!   Our guide/driver was originally from the Siberia section of Russia and wanted to escape the cold there.  She also lived and worked for a long time in Dubai before coming to Muscat seven years ago.  She likes having escaped the cold for the sun and warmth of the Gulf States.  She allowed us to sample a wonderful a flavor of Oman!!  Sure glad that we dumped the ship's tour for this key part of Oman.  A group of four with a good guide is much better than being on a large bus with 30-40 people. 

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

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Near the old Souk or market in Muscat was this view of a mosque, plus, second,then a look across the waters to where one of the two large private ships of Sultan was docked.  Plus, you can see our Oceania Nautica in the background.  Third is the view with one more turn to an old fortress area built by Portugal.  Nice scenic harbor area!:

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Next we moved to a closer look at this icon of Muscat and then toward one of the water-front Palaces of the Sultan.  It is shown in the second picture.  Third is a close-up of the Sultan's official seal on the gate (with my image partly showing the reflection).:

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We finalized our Muscat visit by exploring more of the nearby coastal sights and then going "upcountry" to obtain a sampling of the wilder, more desert areas. Like the camels we discovered?   Very dramatic mountains in this region.:

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Final, some of the happy smiles of our group with expert guide/driver Valentina when being returned to our ship.   Great day in and around Muscat!!:

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From the Travel Section of the London/UK Daily Mail today, they had this headline: “Head for Oman's majestic mountains and verdant valleys for a thrilling Arabian adventure” with these highlights: “Oman has been described as the Switzerland of the Middle East. Every acre of land in a country that is 82 per cent desert is in the process of being reclaimed.  There's no avoiding that Oman's lightning-quick development has come at a price. The previous day, I'd gone on a tour of three mountain villages and each was more deserted than the last.  That pattern is repeated across the region, with villagers leaving en masse to take up residence in the newly-built towns nearby.”

 

Here are some other points and info items shared in this profile: "There hasn't been a war in Oman since 1976 and it is considered very safe. Oman was one of the last countries to officially abolish slavery in 1970.  Muscat was named the world's second best city to visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet.  The Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said, is the longest serving ruler in the Middle East and the world's fourth longest serving head of state.  Between 2010 and 2016 the population of Oman almost doubled and half of its residents are under 15. The coastline is more than 3,000 km long and has some of the prettiest beaches in the world."

 

This profile brings back wonderful memories from visiting Oman.  Our touring and sampling here worked super well.  Very much enjoyed Muscat and the nearby areas. 

 

Full story at:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travelsupplement/article-7144429/Head-Omans-majestic-mountains-verdant-valleys-thrilling-Arabian-adventure.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

For latest live/blog, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East.  Connect at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/

 

Below are just three of the visuals featured in this profile about Oman.  This includes the old market in Muscat that we enjoyed.  Next are a couple of samples for the options in the nearby desert and in the scenic mountain areas.:

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There is a fabulous website about different countries that educates with a twist. Called "geography now".

Their latest offering covers Oman. 

Google "geography now oman"

It's very quirky!

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On 6/17/2019 at 5:27 AM, buchhalm said:

There is a fabulous website about different countries that educates with a twist. Called "geography now".  Their latest offering covers Oman. Google "geography now oman"  It's very quirky!

 

Appreciate your sharing this video and the helpful follow-up.  YES, a very different style and approach for sharing background information.  BUT, it does give important insights into why Oman is in its current situation.  Clearly improving, as a country but uncertain long-term as the Sultan is older with some health history challenges.  

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Dubrovnik!  Nice visual samples, tips, details, etc., for this super scenic location. Over 45,863 views.    

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