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... guest lecture given by a Royal Navy Liaison officer. He described how the Navy is supporting the QM2 with security while we cross the notorious pirate area of the lower Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
As we will now be visiting Muscat as our next port of call we visited the QM2 library to read up on Oman and Muscat.
We booked a "Past and ...
This was such a relaxing break and it was sooooo hot with highs of 40 and it didn't get much cooler in the evening.. maybe around 35 degrees. The hotel had everything you needed and everyday was spent on the beach front with a pretty coral beach.
From here the staff will bring you drinks and you do get hassled a few times for the paper or massage but it is not intense so it was fine with us. There are parasols and loungers everywhere so never ...
... and had set off toward the Farafa Oasis.
We stopped along the way to climb the rock formations along the way. They are magnificent! From here, we went to a hot spring in the White Desert. It was good to simply be able to dip into this hot thermal spring. From here, our next stop was Qasr Farafa in the Farafa oasis. We stocked up here (they nearly left me in the loo here!) ...
... deep below the surface. Some are large enough to have 10 to 15 people sit in and some are quite tiny. They all serve to keep the towns above and around quite lush and this oasis town in particular is lovely.
In Dakha you see carts carrying loads of something called barseem. I'm not sure what that is in English or if that's really the way you spell it but that's how it sounded when I asked someone what was inside the cart. They're being pulled by donkeys and driven ...
After coming out of the White desert we drive onto Dakhla after a swim at a hot mineral spring and some shopping and tea! The Oasis towns are very underdeveloped and many of the sights are poorly maintained and regulated. Often no pictures are allowed unless the guard asks you for oney and then you can snap away to your heart's content.
We visit an Islamic Mud Brick City, recently abandoned and a coptic christian necropolis, also mud ...