Another City, Another Souk

3 Dec

Whilst we were in Oman recently, we paid a visit to the Muttrah Souk. It was not a very long visit as a toddler with impending flu is not a fun companion on such excursions! Having a bit of a thing for souks, I would have loved a couple of child-free hours exploring Muttrah. It was heaving with people, both locals and tourists, as evening approached. The tourists  buying the kitsch souvenirs and the locals sitting on benches in the alleyways drinking tea and watching them.

The actual building housing the little shops is beautiful. With well-worn, uneven paving and the most wonderful ceiling made from a combination of woven matting, carved wood and stained glass it felt very old-world and traditional.

As is the case in most Middle Eastern souks, one could furnish and decorate a house, clothe an entire family and find enough paraphernalia to keep you entertained for years in the souk. From the traditional khanjar: the Omani dagger, to frankincense, myrrh or plastic toys that you know will be broken before you have even left the souk there is something for everyone. Here are some of the things I loved:

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Another City, Another Souk”

  1. Gayle December 8, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    The souks are lovely, all the ‘hub-bub’, it’s so colourful, and smell of spices etc. I remember buying my throws when I visited you in Qatar, can’t wait to use them. It will be quite exciting when it comes to unpacking my boxes next year!

  2. dustbusting December 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    It sure will! You will be amazed at what you’ve collected over the years, Mom.

  3. Shane December 16, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    A -M – A – Z – I – N – G , not what we are used to here. Lovely pics.
    Shane

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