The Sultanate of Oman is a mesmerizing place where history stands between sea and sand on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. One of the things that struck me as I traveled through the interior was the close relationship between the undulating sand dunes and the centuries old architecture of valley fortresses. There was both calmness and strength present in both, and time stood still. Behind me at the fortress was a bustling weekly village market scene with goats and cattle trading hands as the palm trees swayed from the winds coming off the desert.
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