We went to the Hotel Intercontinental the first day, and had a spa day. We explored the souk, which is known as the Muttrah Souk-one of the oldest in the world. I bought some Pashminas, as well as Frankinsense and Myrrh. Frankincense is from Oman, so we saw it everywhere. We ate dinner at Mumtaz Mahal, a wonderful Indian restaurant. The food was incredible, but the snake coffee after dinner was the real treat!
The second day I relaxed onboard the ship and caught up with some work. I went out with all of the Department Heads for some lunch, followed by a formal dinner at a Chinese Restaurant. Combined Task Force 151 was embarked onboard USS Farragut, so we were formally invited to a dinner
with our Pakistani counterparts, as well as their Ambassador. It was a nice meal, with good coversation, off the ship!
The last day, I went to the "Grand Canyon" of Oman. It was about 3 hours away from Muscat, with a drive through the desert. We saw the canyon, ate a picnic lunch, and were pestered by many mountain goats.
After the tour, we went to the souk again, and received a full demonstration on how Pashminas are made from goats in Kashmir. It was a very interesting display, and I caved and bought two more. After the
souk, we went to Trader Vics to grab our "last meal". I had a great filet, and our seats were amazing. Sea side at the Intercontinental, can't beat it!
|Souq. Amazing lights!|
|Spice Markets. My favorite!|
|Mumtaz. Great entertainment.|
|My roomie and me!|