2015 3rd Segment

Salalah, Oman

Overnight we traveled to the other side of Oman to the Port of Salalah arriving on March 28, 2015. Salalah, unlike mountainous Muscat, is located in a desert and was once the major port for shipping Frankincense. Still today it is produced and shipped all over the world. We traveled around the desert stopping at the Frankincense Souq with many stalls. Some stalls the vendors were ladies dressed in the traditional berkas. As we drove around the country there were many walls painted with murals of the ruler of the country Sultan Qaboos.  The desert had small scattered communities most of which...

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Muscat, Oman

March 26, 2015 we docked in Muscat in Oman. Muscat is located on the Arabian Sea and is nestled among the rocky Al Hajar Mountains. Our trip today included a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The mosque is very large and could hold close to 20,000 worshipers and was beautifully landscaped. The inside was adorned with green and gold tile work. We next went to the Mutrah Souq a covered market below ground level to help protect the shop keepers and customers from the extreme summer heat. We then went to the Qasr Al Alam Palace, one of many palaces in Oman, for a view of the outside...

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Dubai, UAE (Day 2)

Our second day, March 24. 2015 we spent exploring along the Dubai Creek. We used the HOHO bus to get to the various places we wanted to see. We first stopped at the Old Souk, where all types of goods were for sale and adjacent to the textile market. The population of Dubai is mostly 85% expatriate, so only 15% are citizens. The men wear a long white robe called a dishdash  and the head scarf of the citizens is caledl a keffiyeh. The women wear the traditional black abaya, a long robe and a head scarf. Leaving the Old Souk we traveled to the other side of the creek to the Spice Souk. Here...

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Dubai, UAE (Day 1)

At 9:30 am on the morning of March 23, 2015, we approached the foggy skyline of Dubai where we docked for 2 days. We got a 2 day pass on the Big Bus Tour which is a HOHO and set out to explore the city. We immediately noticed that flowers adorned the medians and shoulders of the highways. Windcatchers  are a traditional Persian architectural element to create natural ventilation in buildings, were seen everywhere throughout the city. The old part of Dubai which is located around Dubai Creek, hosts both old and new architecture. The main city is all modern buildings with a 10 lane highway...

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Mumbai, India (Day 2)

Our second day, March 20, 2015, we spent exploring some of the temples and walking the streets in the city. Flowers are an important part of the offerings in the temples, so outside of each were flower sellers and garland  makers. Our first temple was a Shiva temple called Babulnath and is one of the oldest temples in the city. Around the temple were old Victorian apartments with their cupola style chimneys. We then walked the streets to the Radha Gopinath Temple, a Krishna temple. Here the devotees were making their own flower garlands for their offerings.  While in the streets we saw many...

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Mumbai, India (Day 1)

We stopped in Mumbai, India, formally known as Bombay, on March 19, 2015, for an overnight stay. We were moored in Downtown Mumbai in Bombay Bay. We took a general tour of the city with our first stop being the  Gateway of India, the original doorway to Bombay. The famous Taj Mahal Hotel is located next to the gate on the same large square. Our tour took us past many of Mumbai’s important buildings including the Town Hall and the Victoria Terminus, the train station which is an example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. Our next stop was at the Churchgate Railway station, where...

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