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Are all oases this stunning?

We got lost.  Not once, not twice, but multiple times on our quest to get to experience an oasis for the first time.  Our family who lives in Oman had told us this was a must do on our trip.  Magazines, newspapers, and travel bloggers concurred.  However, Wadi Bani Khalid seemed to be playing a game of cat and mouse with us.  Each person who we stopped to ask for directions, appeared to send us on yet another path.  We saw multiple signs and yet the target proved elusive.  I could not be more grateful to our relative who patiently persisted and finally got us to this absolutely breathtaking location situated about 200 kilometers away from Muscat.

So, call me naive, but when I heard the word “oasis”, I was envisioning a bunch of palm trees surrounding a body of water.  That’s what I had read in books and seen in paintings.  But what I saw is really hard to put into words.

Nestled among the magnificent Eastern Hajar mountains, with majestic rock formations and boulders, Wadi Bani Khalid has the clearest, most gorgeous oasis where at any given time, the water appears to cover the entire spectrum of green and blue hues.  It is not an easy hike to traverse the wadi, your leg muscles get a workout for sure, but what you end up seeing and absorbing will stay with you for a lifetime.  We saw tourists come, spend just a tad bit of time, take pictures and leave.  Please don’t do that.  Plan to spend a half a day, hiking the area, swimming and just sitting back, enjoying a nice lunch al fresco before heading back to city life.  I’ve tried to capture our adventure in pictures below.

Since we had family living in Oman, we chose to drive here from Muscat.  You could rent a car and drive out on your own or take one of the tours offered by the many local tour companies.  The only risk, as we discovered with driving, is that the mountains interfere with the GPS signal and you need to allocate plenty of time to get here.

If you choose to take a tour, here’s a link to one from Viator:

Visit Wadi Bani Khalid

 

Vondel Park, Amsterdam – Why We Love It – In Pictures

Vondel Park is one of our favorite escapes in Amsterdam.  It is a park that is in the heart of the city (very close to  Leidseplein and Museumplein).  To us a morning or an afternoon spent there feels like a little slice of heaven.  Abundant greenery, an eclectic mix of people (seniors, children, teens, adults), professionals and vacationers, beautiful buildings, flowers in bloom and some interesting objects all make for a lovely break.  

Presenting Vondel Park in pictures:

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The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Boca Raton

By Rohan:

“Getting away” usually means visiting an exotic locale, experiencing a new way of life, or trying something completely out of the blue. However, in sunny Boca Raton, Florida, you can escape to an oasis of luxury and comfort at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Located along the Atlantic Ocean separated only by a picturesque white-sand beach, this Hilton property should not be missed. The main building resembles an old Spanish castle, with a variety of restaurants, shops, and amenities for you to enjoy. All of this in one beautiful location makes for an excellent trip, any time of the year.

The rooms at this Waldorf-Astoria will surely make similar properties jealous. While some five star hotels promise luxury, the Waldorf aims at making you feel like a king. With large, plush king beds featuring gorgeous patios overlooking the ocean, there is not a single inch of the room that won’t cause your jaw to drop.

The star of this property would be the wide variety of restaurants. The Palm Lounge is located in the main building and features a stunning atrium that lets in plenty of natural sunlight. As the name suggests, the restaurant is filled with Palm Trees with free wireless internet and casual American fare.

If you’re into a more chic way of ending your day, check out Morimoto, a sushi bar founded by Iron Chef Morimoto himself. And to keep the kids’ sweet tooths satisfied, a 1950’s-themed Ice Cream Parlor right across from Morimoto will surely do the trick.

Perhaps the best beverage at the restaurant is offered for free near the reception desk. A sweet, nectar-like lemonade is provided on behalf of the hotel staff, and is absolutely divine when served with a thin slice of lime.

When it comes to amenities, the Waldorf at Boca Raton is truly an oasis. Award-winning golf courses, beautiful pools, tennis courts, water sports, and more are all available within walking distance or a short, ten-minute shuttle ride. If you can imagine it, you can do it at the Waldorf.

Here at Paupers, we pride ourselves on exploring cities and historical sites around the world. But sometimes, even we need a break from  the traditional notions of travel. If you want a place to sit back, relax, and take in sunny weather with crashing waves as your soundtrack, look no further than the Waldorf-Astoria in Boca. To book your ticket to paradise, visit www.bocaresort.com