Happy Valentine’s! Come Visit Oman, You’re Going to Like It!
February 15, 2012

Hey, there’s Loic Gouzer, he’s SVP of Christie’s Contemporary, what the heck is he doing in Oman? I guess we’ll roll from here.

Hey, there’s Loic Gouzer, he’s SVP of Christie’s Contemporary, what the heck is he doing in Oman? I guess we’ll roll from here.

This place is beautiful, it’s not crowded either like some of those beach resorts.

This place is beautiful, it’s not crowded either like some of those beach resorts.

Loic’s very popular with the girls... the way he straddles this dune shows you why!

Loic’s very popular with the girls... the way he straddles this dune shows you why!

My guide Abdullah's a fun guy, I liked him, though he brought no GPS and no map…go figure.

My guide Abdullah's a fun guy, I liked him, though he brought no GPS and no map…go figure.

We hooked up with these two Bedouins, there’s no way we could have crossed the desert without them.

We hooked up with these two Bedouins, there’s no way we could have crossed the desert without them.

Cool guys. Did you ever read

Cool guys. Did you ever read "DUNE" the sci-fi book? They made me think of it.

The only people we saw in the desert were these two kids.

The only people we saw in the desert were these two kids.

Bedouin lady sells some pretty stuff.

Bedouin lady sells some pretty stuff.

At night in the capital city, Muscat, we lucked into a folk festival, several tribes dressed in festive garb for the occasion.

At night in the capital city, Muscat, we lucked into a folk festival, several tribes dressed in festive garb for the occasion.

 

 

 

 

I’m standing with the Barbara Walters of Qatar.

I’m standing with the Barbara Walters of Qatar.

Nice duds

Nice duds

Some pretty faces

Some pretty faces

See Loic and me in the mirror?

See Loic and me in the mirror?

Some swordfish tails in the market

Some swordfish tails in the market

As we emerged from the desert we hit the Arabian Sea. These fishermen are pretty amazing.

As we emerged from the desert we hit the Arabian Sea. These fishermen are pretty amazing.

The kids were fun, they all want jobs at Christie’s.

The kids were fun, they all want jobs at Christie’s.

The Sultan of Oman’s yacht.

The Sultan of Oman’s yacht.

This livestock vessel is the largest in the world, bringing 150,000 goats from New Zealand to Oman, to have their throats slit, Halal style.

This livestock vessel is the largest in the world, bringing 150,000 goats from New Zealand to Oman, to have their throats slit, Halal style.

Pretty coast

Pretty coast

My travel buddy passed out eventually, but we had a great time, the gulf is a fascinating place. I hope to go back for sure.

My travel buddy passed out eventually, but we had a great time, the gulf is a fascinating place. I hope to go back for sure.