Golden Tulip Aqaba
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... the back door was wide open! Once we get back on the ship we have 6 straight days at sea. This will be interesting because we will be passing through another "hot spot". We will be sailing out of the Gulf of Aqaba and south through the Red Sea and into the Gulf of Aden. That is where the infamous Somali pirates lurk. The captain has already told us that at night we will be sailing with no lights ...
... you will agree.
Wadi Rum,,( Wadi means "Valley" and Rum means "High"). This Elevated Valley epitomizes
the romance of the desert. Several Bedouin tribes live in scattered camps throughout the area.
We had a fabulous time at these two locations although it was very HOT.
We hosted a small cocktail party in our room for our ...
... areas so the horses often slip on the pavement as drivers try to control them. We saw one man struck by a chariot and several near misses. The haste is caused by the need to get as many fares in as you can before the site closes. All through the siq there are young children trying to sell you post cards. We were again advised to ignore them are they are supposed to be in school but their families force them into this business.
After a sometimes treacherous ...
... Sig. The dam was originally built by the Nabataeans, but was rebuilt after a flash flood raced through the narrow canyon killing 27 tourists in the 1970’s. Now, as it was when the city was inhabited in ancient times, water is diverted into a tunnel under the city rather than flooding the Sig. We entered the Sig and marveled at the amazing colors of the sandstone on the towering walls. Ali pointed out and explained the many things we saw – niche temples and ...
... the sand out. They served us hot cardamom tea which is a traditional drink of the Bedouins.
After that stop we proceeded to another encampment set up with carpets on the sand, more tents, couches, and a bar - all the conveniences of home. We were greeted by a Bedouin band (including a bag piper which, we were told, is now part of their music as a result of the British ), singers and dancers ...