An early morning visit to the new Muscat fish market in Muttrah was a fascinating glimpse into ‘life behind the scenes’ in Oman.
Earlier this year Muscat fish market moved into a new purpose-built hall. I wondered if ‘health and safety’ and, you know, basic consideration for the comfort and well-being of the men working there might have made it less atmospheric and photogenic, but I still jumped at the chance of an early morning visit.
I don’t know what the old market was like, but this new one still managed to pack in plenty of photo opportunities despite the air-conditioning, refrigeration facilities and modern stainless steel stalls. I spent a good half hour or so wandering around with my camera, taking photos and chatting to the guys selling the fish.
A few had caught the fish themselves, but mostly the sellers seem to be just dealing with the sales end of the business.
Although most other people were there to buy, my friend and I weren’t the only tourists wandering around with cameras. The men didn’t seem to mind and even held up fish for us to photograph when they spotted us looking at their stalls.
The market is located near Port Sultan Qaboos in the Muttrah area of Muscat. The port is used by cruise ships and so is an easy ‘attraction’ for tourists on the ships to visit, so I guess they are well used to visitors.
The world’s largest Buddhist temple is Indonesia’s most visited attraction.
For this week’s Friday Flickr I’m going to Indonesia to showcase the country’s most visited tourist attraction.
Borobudur is a Buddhist temple on the island of Java. It was built in the ninth century and abandoned in the fourteenth. Five hundred years later it was ‘discovered’ by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Continue reading “Friday Flickr – Borobudur”