Yesterday we decided to drive southwest of Muscat. We drove to the town Nizwa and enjoyed its quiet and calm souqs as well as the old Nizwa fort. After a quick lunch in a roundabout (yes, actually IN a roundabout) we headed west to admire the Omani landscape from the slopes of the pretty little village Misfat al Abryeen. On the way back to Muscat we made a stop by Tanuf ruins. This town was bombed by the British during the Jebel Akhdar war in the 1950s and still stands as a spooky (but not totally deserted) reminder of the past.
Today we stayed in the Muscat area, first visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. This wonderful building was opened in 2001 and really impressed us with both its architecture and the different ornaments inside, especially the magnificent chandelier in the main prayer room. The afternoon was spent on the very big Qurum beach.