Visiting the National Museum Muscat

Opposite the Palace in Muscat

National Museum Muscat Main Entrance

National Museum Muscat Main Entrance

is Oman’s National Museum; its austere exterior in pale Omani marble is in keeping with the Continue reading

Splendour of the Seas in Mina Sultan Qaboos

The weather in northern Oman has been unusually wet over the last few weeks. Heavy storms coming down from the north have brought rain, hail and flooding in some areas. So the weather was far from splendid when the Splendour of the Seas docked in Mina Sultan Qaboos.

Yelmer on his Harley in Muttrah

Yelmer on his Harley in Muttrah

Just before sunset more showers soaked Continue reading

Esmeralda shipwreck

There can have been few countries whose population exploded around the world as quickly or indeed violently as the Portuguese. From a small insignificant land on the edge of Europe, they swept into east Asia. Leading the charge in many respects was Vasco de Gama who crossed the Arabian Sea in 1498 with 4 small ships landing into the Indian port of Calicut. In 1502 he lead the 4th Portuguese fleet into the region, this time with the clear intention to subjugate the coastal population largely in retaliation for defeats in previous years and to monopolise trade destined for Europe. His fleet was of 20 ships, indicative of the value of the potential trade as well as the numbers of ships lost during the previous annual sailings from Portugal that made larger numbers of ships essential to achieve success.

Vicente Sodré

Vicente Sodré

After Vasco de Gama returned Continue reading

Oman’s latest cave in Jebel Akhdar

In the heights of Jabal Akhdar a new cave has been discovered.

Jabal Akhdar cave entrance

Jabal Akhdar cave entrance Photos by Joe Daniels ; with Steve and Katherine Jones & Roger

 

Its one of two which have recently been found in the same area. Like the acclaimed Continue reading

Ruwi’s Waterfall springs to life

With pulse after pulse of clouds coming over Muscat during the last few afternoons it was almost certain one would bring heavy rain; today was the day.

Ruwi Clouds coming in

Ruwi Clouds coming in

Schools had been closed for Continue reading