Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Honeymoon in Paris for OPNO????

OPNO might be going to..... France.

What? And leave beautiful Oman? I thought you said you'd honeymoon here. Afterall, you talked your good friends into it.

Well, part of my family is from France. And the honeymoon in France wasn't my idea, it was MOP's. I told him my history, and he wants to Chateaus and trees and things. He's been to Europe before, and enjoyed. And he has friends there. And he thinks that I can translate, which I, well, cannot. London was more my dream holiday.

So I haven't confirmed, but he wants to go. When I amass enough coporate hours to deserve some vactions ones. Which is tentative.

I wish I could upload some wonderful eye candy photos of French style, and foods.

It'll be my excuse to get some lovely trendy colorful abayas made, and to by a capelet coat, and gloves. You simply cannot go to Paris without living the dream of "la vie en rose" can you not?

Anyways, until then, I will content myself with dreams of petit fours, and buying faux Louis Vuitton for my little sis in Bajha.


Boxie said...

Inshallah if you go you will have a wonderful time.

Angry In Oman said...

oooooo Paris!

Anonymous said...

I would not recommend it... The French are very hateful. But I guess you have to experience it to believe it. I would recommend Germany, they are more open.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Anon: About the niqab ban, I know.

But I am used to being hated:) so that doesn't get to me.

As for Germany, I am not really interested in German culture/architecture/fashion/food (which ARE the things that appeal in travel to me). I'd like Spain, Morroco, Portugual, Yemen even;)

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Angry: it is a glam place isn't it?

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Boxie: I want you to come here instead:) lol.

You know me, I'll be the rebel niqabi and get MOP in some serrious trouble.

You're used to that when travelling with me. He's not.

Anonymous said...

Ooh la la! Hope you do get to go. I would love to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre! Though would like to visit the south of France mostly ;) sf

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

SF: My fam is from Normandy. More castles:) Maybe that's why I like Omanhmmmm?

L_Oman said...

No place like Paris! Wonderful vibe. When I was there a few months back, I saw lots of Muslim French women, wearing hijab. Saw maybe 1 or 2 in abaya, but have to say they stuck out like a sore thumb.

It may be 'cute' to say you'd like to act rebelious and different in another country, but truly not a smart thing to do.

If you can communicate in French, then lucky you. Top places for me were Versailles and having a picnic in the massive gardens, The Eiffel Tower (if time permits, go up in the morning/daylight hours and then head back at night to see it twinkle), Champs de Elysees and riding that dorky double decker open tour bus that stops at all the tourist stuff. You can get on and off at all the marked stops. Oh and of course the Louvre and Notre Dame.

Be sure to get macaroons. Oy. Shoot me now!

Anonymous said...

MashAllah, so you're a Viking, eh? ;) Paris isn't "glam", it's dirty, the people are mean, and they'll ruin your trip. But Normandy is beautiful, the people are not any more racist than in Paris lol, and you'll get to eat real cheese, see the countryside, etc. Maybe take the pilgrimage to the Mont St Michel before they pave it all over. In any case, best wishes.

Anonymous said...

Now, am making the connections, lol. I would totally love to go to France and Oman someday inshallah. Btw, I have 2 abu-dhels sent by my aunt, her husband is from region and they wear the same traditional dress. I was wondering if you had a link on how to wear the *head part*, its kinda confussing on how I should go about it. Thanks SF

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

L_Oman: Macaroons you say;) you want us to drop you a box in Al Khoud?

I like petit fours and cheese. Mmmmmmm.

I can make abayas look very chic and European, no worries. Put a cute hat over your hijab, and a coloured abaya with a swing coat over top or capelet... LOL. Anyways, don't worry. I am the girl who always wore niqab through US customs just to have an oppurtunity to explain it to an ignorant audience;)

This rebel, while extreme, is not an extremist trouble maker:)

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Anon: Viking, yes. We still like to burn our bodies in dramatic ways at family funerals, despite being Christian lol. Though I am Muslim so I doubt I'll continue the ancient Pagan traditions.

Hmmm. I've never felt that. Parisians usually adore me, so I have never found that, but they are picky. If you are up on art and politics and stylish and kind of mysterious they seem to leave you to be. I've always found them to be very friendly though.

Yummy, cheese. Normandy is actually my main destination if we go, and of course, Maxine's in Paris, and Versaille to see the Museum and Garden. MOP loves art so he'll be one for the Louvre. My favourite art is in UK and San Francisco so the Louvre is actually not huge on my list, but I do want to see family ancestor's estates and castles. I want to see the Petit Triannon and Marie Antionette's farm.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

SF: You mean, how to wear the warquiya (shawl) with the traditional jewelry headpiece?

Anonymous said...

Yes! Had no idea what that headpiece with the shawl(chiffon/light material)was called. Warquiya, now that's a new vocabulary. My aunt's husband is from the Mahra region of Yemen. So they tend to wear the traditional bu-dhel like the Omani's, I guess it could be because their region borders with Salalah. She sent me 2 outfits, both velvet. One the traditional black with embelishment(minimum)on the neck area and another one a purplish outfit. They are both beautiful and as its cold here, I can wear it to a wedding without feeling too hot, lol. I just wanted to have an idea on how to put on the head part, I know i have to find some jewellery for the head part but then the putting of the shawl(s) seems daunting for me. sf

Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong... Vikings were an advanced people, certainly no more pagan than Arabs once were. I know that Normans are very honest, very caring people mashaAllah.

Paris does have a heck of a lot to offer, unfortunately it takes just a few to ruin one's stay. InshaAllah you will have a great time there!