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Muscat – The Myth

City of Muscat, Sultanat of Oman, Arabic Peninsula, Sultanat of Oman, Arabic Peninsula

City of Muscat, Sultanat of Oman, Arabic Peninsula, Sultanat of Oman, Arabic Peninsula

Are we in Muscat? We kept asking ourselves repeatedly while gliding along on the palm tree-lined highway. It seemed an endless journey along neat buildings without ever getting to a center. Why the confusion? Muscat is basically a 40-kilometer longish stretch along the coast, including smaller and bigger towns. Continue Reading →

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Scuba Diving In Oman

GrandEscapades-Oman180Ras Al Sawadi, an hour drive north of Muscat, was not really worth all the hassle. After fighting our way through a serious traffic jam coming from Muscat, we were rushed on a boat. Another hour we spent racing towards Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve for very little to see, literally. Continue Reading →

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Muscat Alien Arrival

Street in Muscat, Sultanat of Oman, Arabic Peninsula

Street in Muscat

A lavishly decorated Xmas tree greeted us at Muscat Airport at 02:00 am. We found this rather irritating! Didn’t we come to Oman to get away from exactly this? And now, the same ole “Jingle Bells” ambience? Continue Reading →

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Istanbul – A Selection Of 27 Pictures

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul definitely deserves more time than just an extended weekend. Of course, the Blue Mosque (Sultanamet Camii), the Aya Sofya (Church of Divine Wisdom), the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar are high on anybody’s list. These impressive sights could easily be visited in a few days, but there is much more to explore. Continue Reading →

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A City Full Of Historic Highlights

Aya Sofya, Istnabul, Turkey

Aya Sofya, Istnabul, Turkey

Istanbul definitely deserves more time than just an extended weekend. Of course, the Blue Mosque (Sultanamet Camii), the Aya Sofya (Church of Divine Wisdom), the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar are high on anybody’s list. These impressive sights could easily be visited in a few days, but there is much more to explore. Continue Reading →

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Instanbul Traffic

Cruise on the Bosporus up to the Balck Sea - One of the two bridges between Europe & Asia

Cruise on the Bosporus up to the Balck Sea – One of the two bridges between Europe & Asia

The city has a traffic problem, period. No surprise, when a population of 15 million people commutes between different continents. To make things worse, it is separated by an inlet, the Golden Horn, spanned only by four bridges.

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Atashehir – West Meets West

Atashehir, among many other neighbourhoods on the Asian side, is one of the most dynamic areas in Istanbul, and the place to live when you make some serious money

Atashehir, among many other neighbourhoods on the Asian side, is one of the most dynamic areas in Istanbul, and the place to live when you make some serious money

Most tourists in Istanbul remain on the European side and unfortunately miss discovering “boom town” modern Istanbul with its trendy neighbourhoods, chic bars & restaurants. Continue Reading →

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