Marina Plaza Hotel
Travel Blogs from Aqaba
... headed off to a gulf cruise where we could see where Israel ended and Egypt began. The Jordanian border with Saudi Arabia was further down. Most people went snorkeling but all had a good time on the trip catching some sun and breeze as the afternoon went by, ending with more rain and lightning. Sense a pattern?
Dinner was at Folka nearby, seafood for most of us. It’s a little bit pricey, but considering our location, I suppose it was what it was. Shopping time ...
... have ended up being 20 cups of bedouin tea we consumed during the day. The others we met inside Mehedi's modest meeting room were taking a variety of tours, some on camel and some hiking and mountain climbing. Our guide and the Jeep were to be ours alone for the day, though we'd see the other travelers that night at camp.
We set off in the Jeep, which had clearly seen better days. Given the conditions under which it is operated, I guess no one could ...
... in affording some shade to the animal. There is nothing like coming back to your camel that has been sitting in the sun all morning!! Further on down a local man was standing next to his camel who was kneeling on all fours (the camel, not the man!!). He asked me if I wanted to stroke his camel. On the off chance that this was a euphemism straight out of the ‘Carry-on book of double-entendres’ I didn’t make eye contact as we turned down some steps to what passed for ...
... the hotel for some R&R which I enjoyed beside the pool, the water in which was surprisingly cold. Derek entertained himself with Jordanian TV, including camel racing, lots of Islamic prayer meetings and others until he found an English movie which I joined him to watch. Later in the day we headed out again to explore the north beach but found it all shut off and privately run by hotels so headed back to ...
... and found out that the office was closed due to prayers. We had no choice but to wait. As the ferry to Jordan is notorious for leaving later than scheduled, this did not seem a problem. We took the time to chat and share travel experiences. A little later we were even joined by an Arabic speaking Chinese couple from Cairo, who turned out to be a real asset to our little group, as one of them had actually travelled the same route before. Score!
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service