Salalah, Taqa and MirbatNovember 2, 2017 in Oman
Our first impression of Salalah was clean, pretty and wealthy. The buildings are mostly of beautiful white/light sand colour stone. According to our driver most live in single family dwellings. These are 2-3 floors and are huge. A family consists of Mom and Dad, children and grandparents in one dwelling.
Next we drove to Taqa where we found the sardines on the beach, followed by a view point that overlooked the town and we could watch for dolphins and turtles. Wrong day for that, no dolphins or turtles but gorgeous view.
Now back in the car and we visited the ruins of Sumhuram (Khor Rori). This was an ancient outpost for the incense trade . It was considered the hub harbour for shipping of Frankincense between the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and India.
Back in the car and off to Mirbat a small fishing village. There were some ruins which were described as the Mirbat Castle. This was the old city of Arabian horses and salve trade.
Along the way we saw many camels, as herds in fields or simply walking on the highway. We finally stopped at Al Husn Souk. Liz and I did our best with the 30 minute time frame for shopping. Back to the ship for fun and games..Read more