Oman roady part II

February 15, 2009 aniwaniwa

We decided to head back to Oman to finish off our trip.  We wanted to explore the Nizwa area a bit more, we ran out of time on the last trip.  We based ourselves in Ibri at Ibri Oasis Hotel.  It’s a 2 star hotel & we were very happy with it, the biggest complaint being the smell of old smoke in the bedroom & smoking in the restaurant but hey they are a bit behind on non smoking laws in Oman.  The hotel bill cost us under 1200 dirhams for 2 nights, 2 dinners, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch & 2 bottles of wine!  Not bad at all & CJ thought he was staying in a castle so was very pleased.  I got the rare chance to sleep with both my babies as CJ now sleeps with his Dad & MC with me so it was really nice.  Thursday we explored Ibri on foot which was great fun.  Friday we headed to Nizwa to the famous goat market, a bit disappointing & lots of tourists snapping away, some quite rude, in people’s faces taking photos without permission.  The few people I asked to photograph said no so I tried to be discreet.  Bought some yummy dates.  We had to leave quite early to get to Jabrin Castle before it closed but could have easily spent a nice day in Nizwa.  Jabrin Castle is still being renovated but was lovely & will be impressive when it’s finished.  Friday afternoon we explored Bahla by foot while CJ & MC napped in the Ergos.  Again I was a little disappointed as Bahla is known for its pottery & I wanted to buy the incense burner I missed out on last time, of course the town was dead & we heard the pottery souq (that we searched for & just couldn’t find) would open at night.  Bummer, could have bought it in Nizwa & my frankinsence from Muscat is still sitting un opened.  On Saturday we decided to do the Wadi Damm hike, we actually made it all the way with babies strapped on & jandals on our feet.  CJ walked the whole way up alone.  It was a great weekend!












Sleeping beauties


Wadi Damm






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