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Caves and an Abandoned Village

Christmas Day

We tried, without success to book a time for visiting the al Hoota caves, 200 km away.


We decided to go anyway. Stopping to say hello to some camels grazing beside the road along the way.


We arrived in plenty of time to join the 12.30 tour. We paid our entry fee and then learnt that we were not allowed to take photos and that there were 230 stairs to climb up and down. We followed our guide past the electric train which doesn't work at the moment, and walked for 5 minutes to the entrance of the cave.

Someone managed to sneak a picture:

The caves were discovered in the 1960's, and of the 4.5 kms, about 500 metres have been opened to the public, with concrete and metal walkways the whole way round. It was very hot and humid, but the steps were not as onerous as I had feared.

We left the caves and headed for a coffee shop Janey had noticed on the way up. It was beside a very pleasant pool in a wadi, and there were several family group's having a picnic in the shade.


The young Indian lad, (all the coffee shops so far, have been run by Indians, most from Kerala, but some from Bombay as well) made us each a wrap, filled with meat (goat, camel?) what-ever, they were very tasty.

Our next stop was an abandoned and ruined village, not far away at Tanuf. We had no idea what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised by the state of the village; much more ruined than we had expected. It was bombed by the RAF at the same time as the Nizwa fort - or at least, in the same war.


That brought us to 3.30 and it was time to head back home for a cuppa and the little "Christmas cakes" which the hotel gave us last night.

Then we will open the bottle of Champagne which we brought with us for tonight, before going for a meal in the nearby Iraqi restaurant. We have eaten there before, it has a nice ambiance, we hope we can chose something better than the lamb we had there the other night, and which we didn't like at all.

Posted by AnnieBusch 06:30

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