Oman is a charmer. Unlike its neighbour Dubai, it hasn’t adopted a fast paced glitzy lifestyle. Instead it has remained resiliently old school. This means you can delight in a heady mix of rich history, traditional Arabian culture and also spectacular scenery. What’s even better is that from 1st May, this wonderful country has now become that bit easier to get to from Manchester, with the introduction of the first ever direct flight to Oman’s capital, Muscat (operated by Oman Air).Read More
After our amazing time getting up close and personal with wild animals in Kenya (read about that trip here), Julian and I flew to Zanzibar for a few days of culture before our beached out bliss.
Ever since I was young, the name Zanzibar has always sounded so exotic and conjured up images of streets filled with spice traders and intrepid adventurers arriving on dhows with billowing sails. In reality, the traders and adventurers were actually on the hunt for gold and power and Zanzibar was, at one time, East Africa’s main slave-trading port.
Today there are no slaves but the waves of Swahili, Portuguese, Omani, and Chinese traders who passed through the island over the centuries have left their cultural mark. This is most evident in Zanzibar’s capital, Stone Town, where elaborately carved doors, forts and ornate traders’ houses reflect layer upon layer of its past heritage, all weather beaten by the sea breeze.Read More