Monday, 13 February 2017

Final View over Muscat

One more nightly view over Muscat before heading home. HDR photo from Qurm Street towards Qurm and Ruwi.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Wadi Tiwi

The last time we visited Wadi Tiwi it was just after it was hit by cyclone Gonu. By their very nature the wadi are the mountains natural water drainages. Humans live around them in this arid climate because these are the places where there is water is available to grow crops. But Gonu was a little bit too much and washed away the date palm plantations and falaj/jubs that keep them alive. Despite that, Wadi Tiwi was still a beautiful place.
Now in 2017, the Wadi Tiwi has largely been restored. The extremely narrow road meanders from one side of the water stream to the other and is very slippery where it actually crosses the water. You can only drive it at snail's pace. With rare opportunity to pass oncoming traffic the many blind curves can be somewhat stressful if you're not comfortable with the big 4x4 you need to drive this road. 
The narrow road has the disadvantage that you cannot always stop to admire or photograph the beauty of this valley and its villages. 

 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Beach Weather Is Back

I insist on making this trip look like a pleasure cruise. Even if I have to register it with a mobile phone...

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Storm

This was not how I had imagined Oman. Wind 40 knots and temperature well below 15°C. Sunday will be better...