As it was Friday, the souq in Muscat was closed - this is still unvisited and we will 'do' it tomorrow. So we decided to travel along the north coast to As Suwayq, a traditional fishing village, where there is also a castle.
Well, the traditional village has morphed into a town, with dozens of tailors, barbers, laundries and electronic repair shops. The little souk was also interesting, and there is a prize to any one who can guess what these are for!
There were some interesting ready-made dresses for sale.
The castle was closed, as it was Friday.
There was a small market just closing down, but the guys there were friendly, keen to chat and happy to have their photos taken by Janey.
At midday everything shut and the faithful went to the mosque. There was quite a traffic jam outside all three of them. We wandered the back streets and discovered where the less affluent live. For how much longer though? Much had already been demolished, making space for new villas for the wealthy, we imagine.
The coffee shops were all shut and we were worried we'd go hungry. But a bit out of town we found one open and happy to do us a wrap each and a mint smoothy for me and a banana milk shake for Janey.
Back home we got ready in our glad rags for a visit to the Royal Opera House of Muscat where we had tickets for the Georgian National Ballet.
We called a taxi and arrived at 5.30 in time for an early supper before the 7 pm performance. The building is stunning; both outside and in.
The performance was wonderful; beautiful dancing, lovely costumes and brilliant music.