Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Corner View 7 Cityscapes

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The theme for this week's Corner View is cityscapes. Oman's only real city, with a population of one million, is the capital, Muscat, so I've selected a few scenes from here. Muscat means 'anchorage' and it is actually a string of villages, forts, souks and mosques wedged into a narrow strip of land between the mountains and the sea. Some people say, it doesn't really have a city centre, but I would say the harbour area of Mutrah, featured in the photos, around which the city grew, is it's real centre. If you were expecting an ultra-modern city full of skyscrapers, like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha or Manama, you'd be in a for a big surprise. Sultan Qaboos likes to conserve traditional Omani architecture, and any modern development is very strictly controlled.

Please visit the other Corner View bloggers for views of their cities:

jane, kim, ladybug-zen, ian, sunnymama, kyndale, samantha, karen, kristina, angelina, dorit, goldensunfamily, sophie, janet, nicki, ruth, mcgillicutty, desiree, di, travelingmama, aimee, bonnie, esti, sophie, cele, modsquad,caitlin, joyce, ani, couturecoucou, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t.,jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, dongdong, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemian girl, ruth, dianna, isabelle, amber, girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, jenna, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison, lise, cate, mon, victoria, crescent moon, erin, otli, amy, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, vanessa, britta, virginia, april, rebecca, b

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40 comments:

  1. Une fois n'est pas coutume, je t'écris en français pour te dire combien j'aime ce que tu écris, j'aime la façon dont tu montres ce que tu vis et les beautés du monde... et comme je n'écris pas suffisamment bien en anglais pour l'exprimer je te le dis dans ma langue maternelle ! Ton blog me fait voyager et rêver... et découvrir des choses étonnantes ! Continue Ian !!!

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  2. Great cityscapes. When I come to this site I've left the comfort of my writing desk and traveled the world, with a click of a finger, though I know you've done all the work for us. Now, you give us more links, to more cities. Yeah! And Thanks.

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  3. again really interesting. love your shots. thanks ian for sharing this.besos-jane p.s. your comments crack sara up- i think she is your youngest fan.:)

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  4. You'll think I'm mad, but the architecture reminds me a bit of Puerto Rico (not the turrets, of course)

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  5. Everything looks so clean and white!
    Unlike many big cities, it doesn't look like you could just pick it up and move it to another part of the world and it would blend in.

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  6. Great pictures, I love the the water and the mountains with the buildings inbetween.

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  7. Ian, the photos are beautiful! The buildings are so... much bigger than our town. I enjoy visiting to peak into your corner and all the info you share. Thanks!!

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  8. Interesting photos and description Ian.

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  9. thanks to the Sultan (and you off course !!) we can admire beautiful shots ...

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  10. Prodigal Tourist, no I don't think you're mad. In the 16th and 17th centuries Muscat was a Portuguese colony and there are still some buildings remaining from that time.

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  11. you are right - i was surprised! great architecture! best from berlin, kristina

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  12. beautiful photos ian, and a very interesting post. looks like magic. have a wonderful day*

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  13. I am impressed by the beautiful architecture. Like always great pictures and information here.

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  14. yay to strictly controlling! i wish they would do that more here. i live in an old town, and it looks like somone just passed by in a hurry and tossed in some modern looking buildings here and there in between the old ones.

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  15. I think it's great that modern development is controlled. I like the old architecture and it's great that Sultan wants to convserve the old. Beautiful.
    Nice pictures.

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  16. Great photos. Oman looks so exotic to me. Beautiful mountains in the background.

    Have a great day Ian and thank you for sharing,
    Kasia

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  17. I love coming to your corner view each week ! Your photos always transport me to a very foreign place and I love that !! I've done a lot of travel in my time but never to the corner of the world you are currently living in. Anyway, these buildings are beautiful ! I think the last photo is my favorite. No, actually, it's the first. The boats. I love the boats !!

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  18. I just popped from Utah's city to Spain to you and I am in awe of how drastically different it all is. Thanks for an interesting post as always.

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  19. It reminds me, in a way, of Malta. Thanks for the great pics.

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  20. Beautiful white buildings.

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  21. great photos and i somehow agree to the sultan i mean we can still be progressive and still conservative with regards to structures at the same time,i wish i could visit that city too...

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  22. I love that first image. Lovely and interesting to see your corner of the world.

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  23. Very interesting. For me Oman is a total unknown, you could say we live in opposite parts of the world. It is so cold and wet here compared to your warm and stony cities and surroundings :)

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  24. Fantastic photos --must be wild to live there.

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  25. Ultra modern cities like Dubai, etc. rather turn me off big time. So nice to see that Oman is maintaining it's integrity. Thanks Ian for another peek into your world, and visiting mine. Take care...

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  26. I love these pictures, the whiteness of the buildings, the architecture. Love that you have got to travel so much and write and still have plans to travel more. I'm from Guernsey originally, the most unusual country I've made it to is Albania - was actually strikingly beautiful in places...ah...to travel some more.

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  27. I love the pictures and the way you describe them makes it even better!

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  28. thanks for introducing us to such a marvelous place!

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  29. Thanks Ian! I am also attracted to the first photo. When I have more time I'll return to your blog and browse through your posts...take a virtual mini- world tour :)

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  30. Your posts are always so fascinating! Thank you!

    I love the white buildings up against the dessert. Beautiful!

    Happy Day, Ian!

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  31. I always love seeing your views.

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  32. Looks like an interesting place.

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  33. Woow, beautiful photos! I love white buildings and these are stunning and sophisticated! Great post!

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  34. Beautiful! And skyscrapers would be very out of place. The mountains are the skyscrapers.

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  35. Great cityscapes and interesting buildings. The last picture is my favourite.

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  36. what a fascinating life you lead! i must come back and spend more time reading here. also want to check out your book. thanks for sharing!

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  37. Great pictures! I agree with Janet - how exciting!

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  39. Cool photos! It reminds me a lot of Morocco but much whiter! You've got an awesome blog too! I cannot wait to read more!

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