Seabourn Sojourn takes us back to Muscat in Oman tomorrow. As we already spent a week there last year, on this occasion we will take a car and guide and visit Barkha village and Nakhl Fortress. You can see the post and photos later in the week.
THE QUEEN OF SHEBA & SINBAD THE SAILOR BEAT ME HERE TO OMAN
The Queen of Sheba was born here in Oman half a millennia before Christ. Here also is the port of the famous adventurer Sinbad the Sailor.
Now, I sail on a modern motor vessel, ‘Silver Wind’ up the Straits of Hormuz (with Iran on my right) to disembark in the port of Muscat – in the modern-day Sultanate of Oman.
In the Mountains of Central Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel
ADVENTURE IN OMAN – ANCIENT, ARABIAN, BIBLICAL, SERENE
Setting the scene for this exotica . . . up in the Al Hajar mountains of Oman. Located in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula, , Jabal Akhdar “the Green Mountain” in Arabic, fits harmoniously into its natural habitat.
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OFF-ROAD 4WD TOURING DOWN IN THE GORGE OF WADI BANI AWF, IN OMAN
I read about one of Oman’s quaint villages, Bilad Sayt, as “tranquil, with an antique old world appeal and its patchwork of terrace farming and traditional houses laid out against the rocky slopes”. But when we get to the top of a hill looking down on this ‘promised land’, we ask the driver to take us home. Strange?
FRIDAY CATTLE MARKET AT NIZWA SOUK, IN OMAN
We arrive at the Friday cattle market at the Nizwa souk to cacophony and colour and see robed Omani men standing in the centre of a small covered arena waiting for the procession of cows for them to bid on and buy. Others, sitting and watching, could well have stepped straight out of a bible story.