Sunday, May 31, 2009

Corner View 8 The Beach







I'm posting this week's Corner View earlier than usual because I'm going to be travelling for the next couple of days. The theme is the beach, and Salalah has some of the finest beaches in the world. There are literally hundreds of deserted sandy beaches in the Salalah area, some of them palm-fringed; some backed by dramatic cliffs. Currently, there are just two resort hotels, the Hilton and the Crowne Plaza, which attract mainly Swedish tourists, but five more hotels are planned as part of the Salalah Beach Project.

Being surrounded all the year round by such wonderful beaches may be one reason why I'm not taking a beach holiday this summer. Instead, I'm heading for the Himalayan 'Shangri-La' of Bhutan, and I'm really excited about that.

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47 comments:

  1. hey ian- you are a step ahead of the rest of us...am down at tyee with my friend ashley and her kids - should be a fun week...and i should have no trouble fulfilling this week's corner view...safe trip!

    kim

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  2. I'm excited for you! My mother, who traveled the world, never made it to Bhutan but dreamed of it. I look forward to see your posts from there! Safe travels . . .

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  3. paradise... have a great trip! and thanks for helping with the links! besos! can´t wait to see your vacation trip photos! when are you going?

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  4. Very beautiful !! And for the Bhutan (the opposite ?) what a chance ;)

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  6. Fantastic pictures... of course... and how wonderful to have these beaches on your doorstep. Your travels and posts are so interesting, they fuel my wanderlust!!! Thanks for letting us share in your adventures.
    Ali.

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  7. Absolutely breathtaking. Love the photos - as always.

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  8. Marvelous views! Fantastic photos as always.
    Hope you're having great time on your trip.

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  9. Ian you sure live in one of the prettiest corners of the world. Enjoy your trip- I hope it is pleasure and not all work. xoxo

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  10. Really great beaches, such white sand and blue sea. Have a good trip!

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  11. beautiful blue water and the sand looks so fine. thank you as always.

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  12. Yes, these are beautiful beaches, oases of amazing blues.
    Somehow I imagined the beaches there more....dry:)
    Happy travels!

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  13. beautiful ! the blue is magnificent and the sand ... so clean and beautiful ! love the beaches in your corner !!

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  14. Your first photo is simply stunning! Since our beaches are much colder, I could imagine a beach trip somewhere warm would do just the trick. Enjoy your trip!

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  15. ok, those beaches are the most beautiful. the sand, the water. i would love to be there, right now.

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  16. very beautiful beaches. i wish you a good travel ian.

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  17. I'm simply jalous ! Great pictures !

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  18. Yup....those are really some fine beaches!
    But far more interesting is your trip to Bhutan, a place I would love to visit. Looking forward to see those pictures.
    Have a great trip, Jeannette

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  19. such beautiful beaches.

    and wow, bhutan, have an amazing time!

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  20. Great pictures - my husband was in Oman and I have a picture of him standing on a beach similar to your Photo #3. I have really enjoyed browsing through your blog - what fabulous adventures you are having with your travels.

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  21. Looks like hours worth of exploring in those beaches. Happy travels.

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  22. Thank's Ian for these beautiful beaches.
    With mountain, i love.
    Your blog is a big travel.
    Bises

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  23. pretty spectacular. that water is so blue! so inviting!

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  24. That color is amazing!
    Enjoy your visit to the Himalayas - looking forward to your report back :)

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  25. lucky man...the beach there looks incredible...as seen in some of your previous pictures as well. AND you get to visit bhutan? wow! you live a good life.

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  26. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing and have fun on your little holiday.

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  27. Beautiful white sand, gorgeous blue ocean.. what more could a person ask for?

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  28. Magnificent Ian... This is amazing how we feel a pull toward the water around the world. Enjoy and be safe on your travels...
    ps. Half Moon Bay in my part of the world is around 30 miles south of San Francisco :)

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  29. Absolutely stunning!! What a shame about all the hotels though, a paradise like that should be left alone...

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  30. Well what beautiful beaches! I admit, it does look a little lonely. But, that could be a bonus for some! Personally, I would love to visit the Mountains this summer!!

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  31. how marvelous to be surrounded by this all the time... wow.

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  32. These beach make me dream and your journey to the Himalayas will surely be gigantic !

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  33. I keep trying to leave a comment and I keep getting bumped off your page.. weird. Must be my old computer.

    Anyway.. you live in paradise. Just thought you should know in case you didn't realize! Gorgeous photos!

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  34. Wow, these are beautiful! I can't imagine what it must be like, living in such a place, I hope they don't spoil it bringing too many tourists.

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  35. Very beautiful beaches in your corner - hopefully it will take maaaaany years before they build those hotels.
    And wow - Bhutan is on my wishlist of places to see. Isn't it very difficult to get permission to enter the country?

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  36. that sand looks super soft. the soles of my feet get all tingly by just looking at it.

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  37. Wow. It's amazing how varied coastlines are around the world. Your photos are beautiful -- and your travels always sound so interesting and wild.

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  38. You are right, those are some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Wish I was there. Have a great trip!

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  39. Wow! Gorgeous photos, Ian!

    Hope your travels are safe!

    ...Lisa

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  40. Beautiful. I wonder what it'll be like after the 5 hotels, and all the tourists they'll accomodate, and the golf course (!) ... the holiday you planned sounds very interesting.

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  41. Lovin the pictures...talk about pure awesomeness.

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  42. What great beaches, thanks for sharing.

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  43. ohhh.. i am so loving the pictures.

    **sleuthing you. :)

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  44. What a gorgeous blue sea and beautiful sands! I can see why they are some of the finest beaches in the world :)

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  45. omg
    such a perfect beach: white sand and so blue ocean!!
    and it's amazing what you wanna do: visit 100 countries.

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