Golden Tulip Aqaba
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... bus running between the two!
Very quiet little airport, which was a nice change. I was even offered a hangar for the plane for the first time on the trip, which was great as it blowing pretty strongly.
I booked into the Kempinsky hotel, in a great spot right on the beach. Aqaba has been a trading port for centuries, but today hotels and resorts are being built, and ...
... at our destination, the visitor’s center at entrance to the ancient city of Petra, and were introduced to Ali, our guide for the tour there. Petra, built by the Nabataeans when they settled in southern Jordan about 2200 years ago, is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. It was carved by hand into the native sandstone walls of a canyon and is basically hidden from sight until you are in the midst of it. The Nabataeans were a powerful kingdom that ...
... had Laura come from Kuwait. So more traveling around! We went down by the Dead Sea and went to the baptism site at the Jordan River. It was very interesting to look across the small river to Israel. People there were going in the river and one lady was swimming around.
Yesterday we spent time around down town again at the Citadel. It is so old, from roman times. Hard to believe that something has been around for thousands of years ...
... of the alien landscape.
After our rock climbing adventure we headed towards our nights accommodation and had the pleasure of staying in a seven thousand star resort as the locals like to call it.Not an actual resort this is in fact a traditional Bedouin camp, well when we say traditional it has been upgraded a bit to suit the tastes of the tourist market and the reason it has so many stars, well we would just have to wait for the sun to set.
... We could see families enjoying the beach on the Saudi side,jeeps parked under shaded awnings beside bbq's and picnic tables covered with food and drink. The women sported full coverage "burkinis" or just kept their clothes on in the water, their heads and entire bodies still fully covered. Just think of the advantages - no need for greasy sunscreen or shaving your legs!
Ayman had advised the women in our group to avoid the public beaches, saying that ...