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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

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 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 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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Oct 29, 2010 - Aqaba & Wadi Rum

After all the warnings of major delays on the ferry, our crossing was uneventful. Only about half an hour late leaving Nuweiba, though the performance to get through customs was interesting - lots of different queues for stamps in passports, ticket inspections, stamp inspections, luggage inspections, inspections for unknown reasons etc. We whiled away the time on board playing cards and arrived in Jordan around 7pm (8pm Jordan time). Straight to the hotel then dinner and a night club. Wednesday morning was a free morning in Aqaba. Our first...

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Oct 19, 2010 - Jordan - Aqaba

Up at 0530 just because I woke up so went and sat on the beach to wait for the sunrise over the Red Sea, looking towards Saudi Arabia. Absolutely beautiful scene and I had the beach entirely to myself. Idyllic. Went back to bed about 0600 and grabbed a bit more sleep before breakfast and hitting the water abou 1000 for a bit more snorkelling. Tide was out this morning so we had to walk out a couple of hundred meters before it was even just deep enough to float, and by then we were at the start of the reef. Had to suck in hard as we paddled...

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Oct 19, 2010 - Sawa Beach Camp then to Jordan

We had all morning to relax and snorkel before having to leave our beach paradise. We then headed to Nuweiba to catch the ferry to Jordan. This usually leaves notoriously late..... but we had Intrepid's record earliest departure when we left at 4:05pm after the scheduled 3:00pm. (Records are almost midnight - and it is rarely weather related.) WE arrived in the evening in the very clean and tidy city of Aqaba. Had a quick shower and enjoyed a fresh seafood dinner before an early night.

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Oct 18, 2010 - Out of Africa

We parked the Aston at St. Katherine’s Monastery car park at 3.15 and set off uphill at a brisk pace with friends Nikki Marsh and Stuart Onyett. By the lights of torches we walked the 7 km. of trail and then 700 large rock steps up to the summit. Charlotte and I found a great perch on a rock right at the very top – and settled down to watch the sun rise wrapped up in our fleeces and rally caps. There was quite an atmosphere and it was worth the early start. No time to lose, though and we came down by the shorter but harder direct route with...

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Rallye Med 2010

Jun 22, 2010 - Aqaba English Camp 2010

I starting to get a little restless about not working at camp this summer, but then it came time for Aqaba English and Environmental Camp!!! The camp is called "AVEA", can't remember exactly what it stands for... the "v" is for village and the "e" is for English. It is put on by Peace Corps, the Ministry of Education, AmidEast, and USAID. The English Fellows here through the US government run the Environmental English class section. Peace Corps Volunteers run drama and leadership. A volunteer from the University of Oregon did the arts and...

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