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Aqaba Marine Park

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  • Day124

    Aqaba, Jordan

    April 17 in Jordan

    We spent the day docked at the Southern Jordanian port of Aqaba. The Old Testament refers to this place as the land of Midian. Among its claims to fame are the tombs of Moses, on Mount Nebo, and that of his brother Aaron. We also got to see the Wadi al Run (Valley of the Moon). It was here that Lawrence of Arabia mounted his successful capture of Aqaba in World War I.

    The high point of our trip today, however, was the ancient Nabatean city of Petra (meaning “rock”), the name the Romans gave it when they discovered that it was a city carved out of very living rock. This Nabataean city reached its zenith in the third century BC., with about 35,000 inhabitants. Like the temple we visited in India, nothing in Petra is brought into a structure or assembled within it. Everything is carved out of a sandstone cliff side.

    As we were driving back to the ship this afternoon, the sun was about to set on the western face of these Jordanian mountains. The long, red, afternoon rays of the setting sun warmed these jagged sandstone hills to a rich, rose color. I believe I have never seen a sight any more beautiful. I think it is safe to say that as far as natural beauty is concerned, Jordan may be the most beautiful country in the world.

    On the way back to the ship the Viking crew was kind enough to arrange a little Bedouin party for us. We stopped at an overlook from which we could see the entire Jordan River Valley. General Manager Sujith Mohan, and Restaurant Manager Dejan Gami entertained us in their best Bedouin garb, complete with kaffiyeh.
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  • Day13

    Aqaba Jordan

    May 2 in Jordan

    Today we docked at Aqaba in Jordan, this must be my fifth visit to the port and I've still not done the trip to Petra. Two main reasons are firstly the price its so bloody expensive from the ship. And secondly if you do it privately it's a 2.5 hour drive each way, so if you have any delays then you could miss the ship. 20 years ago that wouldn't have bothered me, but nowadays I'm a bit more cautious, lol. OK, OK, it's mainly the price.
    Anyway I had a walk around the town, with Nic, Joe, and John & Mable. And as none of them had ever been inside a mosque, we decided to have a around the nearest mosque to the bus station, which is the Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque.
    As we entered the grounds of the mosque, there where a couple of guys, who were sort of security, they were very polite and helpful, they gave the women some cover up garments. It is quite a nice mosque, and the locals were friendly, when we got in side the building our Joe ran about a bit and I was trying to stop him, when a guy doing some repairs to the mosque smiled and signaled to me that Joe was fine and doing no harm.
    After we came out of the mosque John & Mable went back to the ship as the heat was a bit to much for them. Nic Joe and I set off to find the ruins of the old town which are quite interesting.
    That was after a quick stop at Macdonalds to get a cold drink and to feed Joe. We were lucky in Mackie Ds, as we only had English money 💷 which they didn't take. But a very nice Scottish bloke standing at the counter said to order what we wanted and he'd lend us the money, till we got back to the ship.
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  • Day9

    Aquaba Jordan

    May 15, 2013 in Jordan

    Well I didn't do Petra again.
    This is my third visit to Aqaba to Jordan and I would like to see Petra, but I refuse to pay the exorbitant entrance fees.
    According to the Jordan website it used to be about £5 to get in to the site, now they are charging over £50 which in my opinion is a rip off.
    Plus it's a two hour taxi ride to get there, so it's going to be one of the things that stays on my bucket list lol.
    Instead I took the shuttle bus to the town with Ken, Denise & Nigel and Freda.
    We went to Macdonalds for a coffee and some free wifi.
    We then had a walk around a small archaeological site which is the site of the original town of Aqaba and dates back to 630 ad.
    We made our way back to the shuttle, except for Nigel and Freda who went to find a taxi to see some of the town.
    When we got back to the ship we headed for the solarium and a well deserved rest on the sun beds lol.
    Later on Karl from the Beatles Celebration came past and we had a chat, well I say a chat it was more of a listen as he can talk for England lol.
    He's a great guy and the Beatles show be puts on is superb.
    Later on he once again blagged his way into the diamond lounge for a free drinks evening with us, lol.
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  • Day2

    Zu Fuß nach Jordanien

    March 13 in Jordan

    Gut Ausgeschlafen ging es heute Morgen nach Jordanien. Nachdem wir zum Frühstück völlig überteuerte Brötchen gegessen haben (voll auf die Tourifalle reingefallen) sind wir mit dem Bus in die Nähe des Grenzüberganges gefahren. Den letzten Kilometer mussten wir zu Fuß zurück legen.
    Wir wurden sehr freundlich an der Grenze empfangen und sogleich gewarnt, dass es gleich einen Probealarm für das israelische Militär geben würde.
    Der war recht kurz und unspektakulär doch die anderen "Grenzgänger" waren dankbar für die Warnung. Denen hätte es sonst einen großen Schrecken eingejagt.
    Die Ausreisegebühr ist in Euro teurer als in NIS, doch da wir zuvor Probleme mit den Geldautomaten hatten, waren wir Dankbar, dass es überhaupt so ging.
    Auf jordanischer Seite mussten wir nur etwas warten, weil Mostis Pass seeehr ausgiebig studiert wurde.
    Die Wartezeit nehmen wir gerne in Kauf, denn jemanden dabei zu haben der die Landessprache kann ist unbezahlbar.
    Mit dem Taxi kamen wir direkt nach Aqaba und lernten beim Kaffee am Strand ein paar nette Einheimische kennen. Einer von ihnen klappert mit uns die halbe Stadt auf der Suche nach einem Mietwagen ab.
    Wir bekamen keinen und was folgte sollte ein Nachmittag auf den Spuren der Locals sein.
    Doch dazu ist ein neuer Footprint nötig.
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  • Day13

    Aqaba, Jordan

    May 21, 2015 in Jordan

    Today we are docked in Aqaba, and most of the ship will probably be going to the ancient city of Petra.
    But with the temperature due to be in the 40s, I'll be giving that one a miss.
    Also the trip takes about 12 hours in total, and it's a lot of walking over quite rough terrain.
    Anyway if I do decide to get off the ship for a walk, Aqaba itself is quite nice, and there are some ancient ruins of the old town which you can visit and they've been quite well looked after and most importantly they are free of charge lol.Read more

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