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Saturday, 10 November 2012

miss b loves.........Oman


Grand Mosque, Muscat

After four days in glitzy Dubai (that's another story!) we took a forty-five minute flight to Muscat, Oman. A cloudless sky gave us clear views of Dubai with the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) towering majestically above all the other enormous skyscrapers.....



The Burj Khalifa Lake in the foreground

From the moment we landed we were greeted by the welcoming smiles of the friendly Omani people. Muscat is made up of pretty low-rise white buildings with a backdrop of the rugged and barren Al Hajar mountains...... no tall buildings here!




We knew this was going to be a relaxing few days as soon as we stepped through the doors of our hotel...The Chedi.  The tranquil atmosphere of the beautiful lobby perfumed with frankincense had an immediate calming effect.....a very special hotel (which deserves its own post!!)



It was tempting to just stay in the hotel but we were keen to explore and on the second day our first stop was the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ...just stunning.....




The interior was truly breathtaking and I'm not sure the photos of the magnificent chandelier really do it justice....




The world's second largest single piece hand-woven carpet and chandelier......14 metres tall, 1100 lamps and made of Swarovski crystals.....





A short taxi ride took us to Muttrah, an area of Muscat(the capital of Oman) and time for a short stroll along the attractive waterfront, the Corniche with its pretty cupolas where local teenagers were just chatting (they even gave us a wave as we passed by!) 




....and then it was into the traditional souk with its incense-perfumed alleys. The Muttrah Souk (Al Dhalam Souk) is very much a market for locals as well as a growing number of tourists....


So much to admire .....the colourful roof........ 


....traditional Omani embroidered men's hats(the kumma)



Frankincense, saffron...........


Ornate jewellery......


How could I resist one of these burners and some Omani frankincense .....you can imagine how long it took to choose the perfect size and colour!


The giant ornamental burner in Al Riyam park at the far end of the waterfront is the symbol of the Sultanate of Oman........



Before heading back to the hotel, we had to take a photo of the  beautiful Al Lawatiya mosque .....




and once back we were ready for a cappuccino and freshly baked cakes.........



Now we've had sugar stirrers before but not with delicious cinnamon sticks in the middle ......

P.S I almost forgot to show you the burner with a pot of frankincense (best quality they said!!) and a pack of charcoal to get us started......


Next post....The Chedi Hotel........


To learn more about Oman click here

50 comments:

  1. What an amazing trip! Love all the pictures!

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  2. Waouh!!! Merci pour toutes ces belles photos ! Le dôme et le lustre de la grande Mosquée sont magnifiques, vraiment.

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  3. Your post has sent me day dreaming!!! That market ...what a fabulous experience ... thanks for sharing your adventures! Happy week-end, C. (HHL)

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  4. Such an amazing and grand place! You bought a very nice souvenir from your trip. Great photos. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Bonjour miss b. Well, here is a place in the world where I will be never get to go, so I am grateful you took me there today... and I liked what I saw. Friendly people; beautiful buildings; lively streets; and you mentioned all the scents in the air... I, too, would have chosen a burner and brought home some Frankincense... I can almost smell it here, in my corner of American suburbia (in your honor, I will go and open the small chest where I keep my collection of essential oils and open the Frankincense one... I still have some left I believe.) Merci et bon weekend! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. I've just tried out the burner and the smell of frankincense immediately transported me back to Oman! Lovely to hear from you again, Véronique.

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  6. Beautiful photos! I love Arab countries and I would really love to visit the Middle East. I'm looking forward to your next series of photos. Great to read that you are having/had such a wonderful trip.

    LUXESSED

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  7. Looks amazing but not somewhere I would ever have thought of going! I am awaiting for the Dubai post as I am planning to go next year x

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  8. Stunning photos and so clear too. You must have spent all your time constantly looking up! Such a calm looking place from the first few photos and then all the colour and vibrancy came through with the later photos of the souk and the stained glass roof. Lovely.

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  9. Great pictures have a lovely time

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  10. Exquisite! Ohhhh Miss B, I would've been tempted to by everything! HAHAHA I love the burner you purchased :) I can't get over the pictures you took of the mosque. The ceilings and chandelier are gorgeous. I can't wait to see more of your hotel. So glad you had a delightful time. I missed you!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  11. Wow! Those photos are amazing :)

    Abbey x

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  12. I have never been in Oman and would love to go. Your hotel looks really nice. The mosque is stunning! I love going to souks : ) And the Dubai view from air is something!

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  13. WOOOOW! cant wait to travel again! your pics look amazing!!!!!
    :)

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  14. Oh my what gorgeous photos, and interesting. I'm your new follower! Love your blog. xo Caroline

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    1. Thank you for deciding to follow, Caroline.

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  15. Oman looks unbelievable, I haven't been there yet but would love to make a stop, especially after seeing all the fun things you got up to!

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  16. Lovely post! Makes me miss my travels to the Middle East!
    ~Karen
    http://fashionboardconfessional.blogspot.com

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  17. Wow! That chandelier is amazing! I've never seen anything like that. Such a beautiful place and the jewels.. are STUNNING. I've never heard of this place! It looks like a wonderful place to visit and the food looks yummy :)

    Have a wonderful week ahead!!

    leslie

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  18. Your photos are AMAZING!! Such a beautiful place. xoxo

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  19. great blog, great style and photos


    do u want follow each other?



    www.celyneglam.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the positive comment. I'll definitely have a look at your blog soon.

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  20. Wonderful pictures Miss b. everything looks so exotic and absolutely mysterious to my occidental eyes! i'd love to visit sometime, so I'm looking forward to your upcoming Chedi hotel's post!
    Thanks for your sweet comments on my new post!
    Hope you have a fabulous start of the week!
    Big hugs!

    Inés
    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

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  21. Fabulous photos! I love all the ornate buildings:) Have a great week!
    ~Anne

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  22. I so want to go to the middle east!!! Great photos!
    Stacy

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  23. Incredible trip! I am so jealous! Your photos capture so much beauty!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  24. What impressive pictures! I am following you from Rome, I hope you will follow me back. I love the afternoon tea here below:)

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    1. Thanks for following - I'll be having a look at your blog soon.

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  25. How gorgeous this city looks from the air!

    oxoxoxo from San Francisco
    Amy
    http://bridechic.blogspot.com

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  26. what beautiful, amazing architecture!

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  27. Cool pics, love them!!! I will visit Dubai for the first time in a short while, can't wait!!! xoxo

    www.rockandfrock.com

    Ps. Follow each other on GFC & BLOGLOVIN???

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  28. Great photos! I love traveling.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  29. your trip looks like a dream come true--hope you are having a fabulous time!

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  30. What an amazing trip - have loved following on your journey...gorgeous photos!!

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  31. This reminds me so much of my trip to Morocco, I miss it a lot! The people are so kind and the smells are so incredible in these countries!
    Your hotel seems amazing, I can't wait for your next post now!

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  32. So happy to have discovered your blog! These photos are fantastic - my dad is currently living in Oman, it's been lovely to have this extra peak into life there. Hope you had a great trip - thanks for sharing!

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  33. Very beautiful place. I've been travelling and living close to Oman but never have been there :))

    Many many kisses,

    Nicole

    www.nicoleta.me

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  34. Thanks for the visit and follow! Following you back both on gfc and bloglovin! xoxo

    www.rockandfrock.com

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  35. Feel as though I've been away now. Incredible to see those modern buildings rise out of the desert like that...so surreal.

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  36. Dubai looks like such an amazing place to visit! I hope to see it one day!

    - Monica
    Caravan of Style

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  37. WOW!!! I've never been to Oman but after watching your pictures I think I should visit someday!! The jewelry is amazing!!
    xoxo
    Patricia

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

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  38. Hi Miss B

    You get to go on some great trips - this looks amazing.

    Joanne

    http://www.balletpumpsandroses.com

    xx

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  39. Wow, when I see these photos, I feel like being in 1001 nights)
    Thanks for shearing!
    Have a nice day!

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  40. Beautiful place!!! thank you so much for your comment!!!
    I follow you with GFC and Bloglovin now!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  41. Oh I envy you so much! Can't wait to see new posts, enjoy your trip!

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