Walking Through History – sample of printed book arrives – so the publication is on schedule

I dropped into Al Roya’s office and saw the ‘dummy’ of my book.

Front Cover Book Walking Through History
Front Cover Book Walking Through History

All the pages have Continue reading “Walking Through History – sample of printed book arrives – so the publication is on schedule”

Printing my new book on Oman for its mid February launch

It was kind of the printing press where my new book is being worked on to let me see the first page go into the machine as a white page, and a few moments later appear at the other end of the machine in full colour.

The first page of the book being printed
The first page of the book being printed

Using a Heidelberg press, Continue reading “Printing my new book on Oman for its mid February launch”

The Music Man performers see Oman

Muscat’s Royal Opera House is currently hosting performances of the  Glimmerglass production of The Music Man.

Glimmerglass Festival performers in rural Oman
Glimmerglass Festival performers in rural Oman

It was a pleasure Continue reading “The Music Man performers see Oman”

Red Bull even makes you fly in Oman – well at least jump

I was intending to see the Red Bull Cliff Diving in Wadi Shab today, and was given an extra push when Stacey of the promotions team gave me a nice VIP pass – was it for World Tourism Day – 27th September??.

Red Bull Cliff Diving in Oman
Red Bull Cliff Diving in Oman

The Red Bull Dive platform is set 25 + meters up Continue reading “Red Bull even makes you fly in Oman – well at least jump”

Salalah Time in Oman

We took a few days to visit Salalah to escape Muscat’s still sizzling 40c+ temperature for some صلالة تائيم  (Salalah Time)

Car in Salalah Mountains
Car in Salalah Mountains

where the sizzle turned into drizzle and Continue reading “Salalah Time in Oman”

Bandar Jissah closes in Muscat Oman

It was in 1986 that I first ventured into Bandar Jissah (often called Qantab Beach) in Muscat, along the dirt track which wound down the wadi towards I knew not, but the grand scenery was draw enough.

I found the beach, in an amphitheatre of mountains cascading into the sea, and from it I have swum since then.

Bandar Jissah Beach
Bandar Jissah Beach

Yesterday was probably the last time Continue reading “Bandar Jissah closes in Muscat Oman”

Plants of Oman being conserved

Spread over a 420 hectare site the Oman Botanic Garden is under development with an opening still a few years away.

Botanic Garden Oman
Botanic Garden Oman

I paid a visit to learn about this ambitious project Continue reading “Plants of Oman being conserved”

Transit of Venus from Muscat on a cloudy morning

One of the oldest descriptions of Oman’s coast is from the ‘Periplus of the Erithian Sea’ written by a Greek sailor, which describes the southern coast, improbably for an Arabian land, as being “wrapped in thick clouds and fog”.

Transit of Venus Sun above Qantab
Transit of Venus Sun above Qantab

So it was today, Continue reading “Transit of Venus from Muscat on a cloudy morning”

Serenade of the Seas in Muscat to replace the Brilliance of the Seas

It will be sad to no longer see the Brilliance of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas saying goodbye to Muscat
Brilliance of the Seas saying goodbye to Muscat

on her regular visit into Muscat. So we look forward to next seasons visits by the Serenade of the Seas, a sister ship.

Oman’s Mountains and Forts

After a great overnight in the Wihibah Sands we travelled north  towards Nizwa. Our first stop was to see how local women are continuing the traditional craft of Camel Bone Carving.

Explanation of Traditional Bone Carving Oman
Explanation of Traditional Bone Carving Oman

As this was a Wednesday Continue reading “Oman’s Mountains and Forts”