Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Salalah, Oman

Wednesday March 30, 2011 8:20 AM (12:20 AM EDT)

Yesterday we were in the port city of Salalah, Oman in the western part
of Oman and maybe an hour drive to Yemen. After breakfast we took a tour
bus to visit Mughsayl Beach, a wide white sandy beach overlooked by high
cliffs. In addition to see the scenery at the beach area, we had hoped
to see some of the spectacular blowholes. Unfortunately, it was nowhere
near high tide when the blowholes generally occur. Maybe the next time.
(I'm somewhat limited in the number of photos because the slow satellite
link to get to the internet. As it is, two photos take forever and I'm
paying $.60 per minute for internet time.)

After leaving the beach area we stopped to see a Frankincense tree (as
in Gold, Frankincense and Myrh). That is a Frankincense tree along with
our guide in the first photo. The tree is cut, the sap runs out and
after a time it hardens. It is used for perfume. At one time it was
worth its weight in gold. After that we motored to the purported burial
site for the Prophet Job. Whether or not there actually a Old Testament
Prophet Job, there is a picture of his tomb above.

After visiting Job's tomb we motored to the Al Hosn Palace, the
residence of Sultan Qaboos, the ruler of Oman. Although Muscat is the
capital of Oman, the ruler lives in Salalah. Nearby the palace is the Al
Hosn Market and it appears that most of the shops are for tailors. There
were shop after shop of tailors on each street and alley.

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