An Abu Dhabi Adventure (Day 6)

Posted By on Jun 13, 2011 | 1 comment

We awoke earlyish on Thursday and got ourselves ready before heading down for a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. As it had been our last night staying at the hotel, we went back to our room after breakfast to pack and get our things together for the drive back to Abu Dhabi. Before we headed back to the Oman/Abu Dhabi border post though, we went to Khasab Castle.

Khasab Castle overlooks the harbour and within its low walls is a massive central tower that pre-dates the castle itself and preceded the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century. The castle was renovated in the latter half of the 17th century and was used as a strategic outpost by rulers in the following centuries.

The main entrance to the castle is on the left, and the main watchtower is on the right. The ‘holes’ seen in the watchtower are strategic down-facing, angled holes for shooting arrows or guns without being seen.

The central pic is the only door to gain entrance to the castle. Many double doors (like this one) include a smaller door (to the left of the bolt). This smaller door ensured an advantage to the castle (or home) as visitors could only enter one at a time and they needed to bend over and step over a high sill in order to enter. I really love these doors and the the intricacy of the carvings.

Once we were inside the castle I took this overview shot of the courtyard. The central tower provided a last line of defence in case the outer walls were breached.

Walkways “hug” the walls as these would be occupied by soldiers during an attack. After entering the castle and going up a steep stone staircase, the pic on the left is the walkway to the one side and the pic on the right is the walkway towards the main watchtower. And just next to the staircase is the little alcove where these clay pots were hung. I’m still not sure if the pots were used for water or gun powder.

We took the walkway towards the main watchtower. The pic on the left is of my mom on the walkway and the pic on the right is the entrance to the main watchtower.

The exhibits in the central tower and other corners of the castle were very interesting. There were old coffee pots, clothing aspects, kitchenware, letters, chests (how gorgeous is the chest below), etc.

All the windows had iron bars and wooden grills, and wooden shutters that closed from the inside with a thick crossbar.

We spent about an hour at the castle and then took one last drive through the small town before heading back to the border post.

We stopped a few times on the way. One of these stops was to take a pic of an old dhow in the sea. Can you spot the bird posing inside?

The trip back to Abu Dhabi took about 3 hours and was quite uneventful (which was good). We did stop on the side of the highway though as this group of camels just had to be “shot”. Unfortunately when I tried to get close-up shots of them, they took off.

We got home around 4pm and had some leftovers for lunch. We relaxed a bit before getting ready to go to my mom’s friend for a braai. We fetched another one of my mom’s friends and on the way, we stopped off at Charles’ resting place. My mom’s husband passed away at the end of August last year and not only did I want to pay my respects, I also wanted to be with my mom as this was the first time she had visited his resting place. I really am glad that I was able to be there with her during this difficult moment. We had to climb over the small fence in order to spend a little time at his unmarked graveside. Although it was a sad ending to our Oman trip, it was necessary and I’m sure very cathartic for my mom.

We spent the rest of the evening at the braai before calling it a night and heading home around 9:30pm.

*Day 7’s adventure to come soon…

Hugs & Kisses
Jessica Giggles

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