Monday, February 03, 2014

Holiday - Muscat (Day 1)

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Another ‘silly o’clock’ start with the car picking us up at 6.30am to get us to the airport for our 8.50 flight. So, it was Rice Al-Krispies at 5.45am and goodbye to what’s been possibly the best hotel we’ve ever stayed at.
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The journey to the airport was incident-free and we were soon joining the business commuters on the 737 to our next destination. Muscat, Oman and the Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa. After some faffing around at the airport for a visa we were soon on our way. The country has developed somewhat since we were last here five years ago - you can easily see the western influences in the shape of KFC, Burger King and McD’s! In spite of this, it still seems to have retained a less-commercial personality and contrasts 180 degrees with say, Dubai.

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The View from Room 2425

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Down on the Beach

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The View of the Pool-side Bar!

After unpacking, we spent the afternoon around the pool, catching up with our reading. Then, after a quick snooze, it was off to find somewhere to eat. That was the easy bit, as we stumbled into the Asian Buffet - and what a buffet it was! Scrummy!!!!
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Asian Buffet

We finished the evening by wandering along to the Piano Lounge, for a cuppa and a chill-out, then waddled back to our room top catch-up with the UK news

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The Piano Bar

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A Nice Cuppa!

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The Corridor Where We Waddled!

Nothing planned for tomorrow - another tough day ahead!!!!
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