“I’m leaving, I go to Oman” …
And here is a split: some after trying to dissuade me, start with the recommendations; others envision a dark future full of misfortunes of all kinds.
Yet, this is not the case: Oman is a safe country that provides serenity and its people are discreet and hospitable. An authentic country. A trip to Oman means abandoning the many prejudices surrounding Arab countries and Islam above all.
I met friendly people, and if you can go beyond the veil, you see a population where women work, drive the car, graduate and hold prestige positions.
The Omanites are mostly Ibadites who condemn integralism and violence of all kinds. Someone called it the Swiss of UAE (at least for us, the Indians do not see it so, because all the humble jobs are reserved to them).
Here I told you some things you would not expect about this country: “Oman, what do you expect? Here you will change your mind ”
But let’s start from the beginning.
Group of four adult women: Lella (whose sympathy is indisputable), Paola (essential element for making four healthy laughs), Genny (new nice entry and interesting) and then I can not call myself sympathetic, but chatting like Others, surely, yes.
Day 1: Milan – Muscat
Departure 13 October 2014. Monday.
Absurd traffic, infinite tails and Lella in trouble: it arrives at the trapdoor airport (it was 8.30pm and the flight departed at 11.20!) And to recover time by seeing us three travel companions already ready to check in, hurry … Skip Tail, passes under the bushes and as Murphy’s law is sometimes implacable, she plans with her suitcase on the floor at the foot of a hostess who “advises” to pass from the traditional path.
We treat ourselves well and we choose a tour operator: Mistral tour.
Value for Money: Good, despite the cheap travels being others.
Flight to Milan / Muscat via Doha departure 11.20 (parties with 30 minutes delay) and arrival in Doha in good time to miss the flight. Qatar, however, distinguishes itself and manages to embark on the next flight within an hour. And we arrive in Oman.
Day 2: Muscat
We start visiting the city after a sleepless night.
Outside there were 30 degrees, in our room there were penguins around the bed. Air conditioning turned off, but being broken continued to maintain a polar temperature before doing so, Lella and I:
What do you say is a cold pork … /The air is closed … /but I’m cold …/me too…/That fro …/Do we put the duvet?/It is better to put the knit …/Maybe it’s best to open a window …
I would also open the other one.
Does that mean in what state we were in the morning?
Muscat, this city enchants. Closed between sea and mountains extends for several miles on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. Its light-colored (white, beige) houses recall local tradition, with grid windows under gabled arches up to a maximum of 4/5 floors, recalling the scenery of the crib. Very few palaces. In 1500 Portuguese admiral Alfonso de Alburqueque called it “very elegant and with beautiful houses”, I think the essence of the city remained this.
The Great Mosque gift made by Sultan Qaboos to his people on the occasion of the thirtieth year at the throne. This impressive, majestic building with a large dome surrounded by five minarets representing the five pillars of Islam has a chandelier of breathtaking beauty in its interior.
I think it is imperative to visit this museum to know the history and to better understand the customs and customs of the people of Oman. Close to the Museum is the Sultan’s Palace. The back overlooks the bay while the entrance is reached from Collonnade Square. In this beautiful square you can admire the two strong Portuguese portraits of the 1500, Al-Jalal and Al-Mirani, which stand at the sides of the Palace.
All things can be visited only externally.
Dusk is the ideal time to take a walk to the Corniche, Mutrah’s waterfront, and amidst such beauty is the mega yach of Sultan, one of the largest in the world, 155 meters in front of the Souk. You can not miss a walk to the Souk a myriad of narrow streets that intersect where the old man blends with the new with an inebriating scent of incense. Oman produces the best incense in the world and not to forget that a giant incense was placed at the top of the mountain.
Day 3: Muscat and go to desert Wahiba Sands
With its women market (only on Wednesday morning) reserved, of course, to the female. Many women with the typical black mask omit. They do not like to be photographed, but at times they allow it if you pay 1 rial. Wadi Bani KalidI wadi are the beds of streams, here the flowing water, millennium, creates deep canyon , Natural pools, gorges and palm groves, a nature show. We take the bumblebee and take possession of our off-road vehicles, which, after rolling on the sand dunes, give us a wonderful sunset. After dinner, around a huge fire, between a chat and the other, we look at the stars. They seem so close that they seem to fall into the head. You sleep in the desert at Wahiba Arabian Orix Camp.
Day 4: Castle Jabreen XVII sec.
Completely restored have preserved the painted ceilings of the époque Bahla Protetto’s fortress from Unesco is the oldest castle. Only visit-able outside. Birkat Al Mauz Passed between its palm trees and its ancient mud houses. Sleep Al Falaj Daris Hotel in Nizwa (very cute) .
5th day: Nizwa the old capital of Oman.
Spectacular, lying in the middle of a plain surrounded by oases and mountains. We saw the Fort, the mosque, but the Souk is un-miss-able. Every Friday there is the livestock market where animals are exhibited and auctioned in the middle of a square. Small-sized ones are held in the hands of the owner, the big ones march into the circle in front of a crowd of buyers who, after various gestures and palpations, decide what is the best. Slightly later, they sell, or swap, old rifles, scimitars, daggers … perhaps once indispensable for their own safety now only an ancient tradition. A Hamra Village immersed in a lush oasis where old houses are made of mud. Misphah At Abreen: Beautiful village perched on the mountain. It is at Jebel Shams, the highest mountain in Oman, famous for its natural scenery including the Grand Canyon and the Wadi Gul.
Day 6: Muscat Grobo with dolphins and with a breathtaking scenery
Lunar landscape, the colors shade from brown to brown and the rocks seem suspended on a turquoise sea color. Last visit to Batinah region and Nakhl Castle dating back to the pre-Islamic period completely restored. Omman is an absolute monarchy. The Sultan, Qaboos Bin Said, reigns for 40 years and has brought this wonderful country from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
“I’m leaving, I go to Oman” …