Friday 23 June 2006

Oman: caves, forts and elegant dining

On the way back from Jabal Shams, we stopped at the Al Hoota Caves, west of Nizwa. The caves which are well known among climbers and hikers are being commercialised with a new visitors' centre, restaurant, museum and a train. Unfortunately the site is still under construction (due to open in July), so we headed back to Nizwa for a quick blast around the fort and lunch.

We chose the cheeky little restaurant we visited on a previous trip as an example of the sophisticated dining in town, although that was probably not the word Ellie had in mind. Nonetheless, seven people ate and drank (including fresh fruit cocktails) for 5 rials!

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