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Feb 23, 2020 - Aqaba, Jordan

Our next stop was in Aqaba, Jordan. Aqaba is the only coastal city in Jordan and the largest and most populous city on the Gulf of Aqaba. Situated in southernmost Jordan, Aqaba is the administrative center of the Aqaba Governorate. The city had a population of 148,398 in 2015 and a land area of 144.8 square miles. Today, Aqaba plays a major role in the development of the Jordanian economy, through the vibrant trade and tourism sectors. The Port of Aqaba also serves other countries in the region. Aqaba's strategic location at the...

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Nov 29, 2019 - Wadi Rum

The Bedouin culture still remains vibrant and strong, even as many aspects of their nomadic lifestyle have become impractical and obsolete. We had our first experience when we traveled north of Petra into the desert last night and had dinner in a Bedouin tent. That began to give me the idea that they have exchanged animal husbandry with tourist husbandry. The tent was huge and decorated with flowing fabrics. Brightly patterned rugs were on the floor. In a nod to our comfort we did not sit on the floor, but everything else felt...

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May 12, 2019 - Seven sea days from the Seychelles to Aqaba, Jordan

Monday 6th May 2019 Day 10 Day at sea First day out of the Seychelles, relaxing into the next seven days at sea, we woke up around 8:45am then to breakfast. No early morning lecture, but went to a maritime talk on The Atlantic by Bob. The ship crossed the equator about 11.00am and there was a Neptune’s Party on the top deck but, as we have crossed the equator a number of times on land, we didn’t attend. Lunch in the dining room and an afternoon sitting reading, then a very amusing half hour of an Italian lesson. The concert tonight was an...

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Apr 27, 2019 - The Desert of the Lost Tourists.

We drove out of the city and into the desert. Herds of camels that are raised for food and racing. A good racer can cost as much as a quarter million. Among them goats and sheep. They wander free, but the camels have their front legs cobbled so they don’t wander too far. Water is from underground aqueducts. The mountains, which are barren of vegetation, have veins of granite running through them. That look like frozen lava. As we got closer to our destination the mountains were all sandstone. Our first stop was a small town with a souvenir...

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Apr 27, 2019 - This little tourist went to market, no little tourist stayed home.

No internet yesterday evening. Where to start.....Jordan is bordered by Israel, Saudi Arabia, with Egypt across the Red Sea which is a very narrow portion. Easily accessible by a small boat. We got on the bus and drove up the coast and saw the places to scuba dive with coral reefs just off the beach. There is an entire divers village. Hotel complexes all in the color of sand, some with turrets. Then there would be a burst of color with flowers growing on the fence line and in enormous hanging pots. Along the highway there was a cement...

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Nov 28, 2018 - Aqaba... seaside resort Arabic style

After our night in the desert we drove down to Aqaba....had planned a snorkeling trip at Red Sea...apparently the diving and snorkeling is wonderful. However, the wind followed us ...cool temp and very choppy water combined with a scheduling glitch courtesy of tour company, nixed the water sports. No worries...we had upgraded to the Kempinski Hotel so we ‘roughed ‘ it for the afternoon and evening...nice dinner, a cocktail (first alcohol in days), a dip in the sea... However...the next morning we had an early start to drive north back to...

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Jordan and Oman 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - Aqaba Jordan, Petra desert and Siq

Ready to be back on land after six sea days. Could see lights from the Sinai peninsula since last night as we sail up the branch of the Red Sea. Mel and I have been doing laps on board ship to keep up our endurance because it will likely be a 5-6 mile walk today. Aqaba is on a sliver of land only 15 miles wide where Jordan has access to the sea. Security/Immigration is complex as we board our bus, drive 50 yards to the terminal building, get off into two lines (men, women) to go through metal detectors, bag scanner, walk out the other end...

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Apr 17, 2018 - Aqaba Jordan

History: Jordan’s only coastal city, scenic Aqaba is set amid coffee-colored desert hills. With its central location between Africa and Asia, it has played a significant role in the regions trade for thousands of years. Today it is the sole port of the nation and known for its snorkeling and dive sites. It was here Lawrence of Arabia led the camel charge in the Battle of Aqaba in 1917. Nobody needs a lawn mower in this part of the earth. It is solid sand and that is why they invented camels. Major historic events Jesus baptist by John the...

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Apr 11, 2016 - Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba and Petra

I've wondered what it is like to write about past events. Well I guess I'm going to give it a try. We enjoyed these next few entries at the end of our trip 16 months ago !! For various reasons (excuses) these last few entries were never, well, entered. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words - at least kindle those recollections that might otherwise lie very dormant. Thoughts & memories came alive as the picture trove was re-visited in order to select those for posting. The sea journey from Oman & the Persian Gulf thru the...

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Mar 1, 2015 - Ferry to Jordan

March 1 We woke at our leisure but I was outside taking photos before 7 am. I realized I hadn't even SEEN the resort at all. After packing on my nice smelling clothes (THIS is luxury!) I enjoyed the buffet breakfast complete with cucumbers, tomatoes, soft feta, omelet, yogurt with chopped apples and bananas and coffee. The van was loaded and we headed down the road to the post office where Grace sent postcards. I should have gone in with her as apparently that was an adventure. It took some conversations to figure out how much postage she...

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Apr 18, 2014 - Aqaba

We visited Aqaba a few years ago on a land tour we did through Egypt, Jordan and Syria and never imagined we would be back. For most of our fellow cruisers this is the stop to visit the Beautiful Rose Red City of Petra. Because we had 2 days there on our land tour we didn’t feel the need to join the 500 cruisers on the buses to go again as lovely as it is there. We had a free shuttle from the port into town and just went wandering around looking for internet to catch up with our emails after 4 sea days. Aqaba is a duty free town and has...

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May 14, 2013 - Aqaba, Jordan

5/14 Our next port was Aqaba, Jordan. Not much to see in Aqaba, but we had arranged a tour through Petra Night Tours to see Petra. It was a two-hour bus trip from Aqaba to Petra. Along the way we saw numerous Bedouin tent camps. The Bedouins are desert dwellers who have roomed the Middle East since the seventh century. They prefer the nomadic life but stay in an area long enough to grow gardens and harvest their food. Similar to our snowbirds. When we arrived in Petra we hopped on a two-person (plus driver), horse drawn cart and literally...

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