Posted by: Gary Guertin | April 2, 2017

29-1 World Cruise–Aqaba (for Petra), Jordon–Day 1–Mar. 28-29, 2017

Hi All, (Written Mar. 30, 2017)

Our first day in Aqaba, Susy and I decided to just take a look around the port itself, resting up for the Petra visit in Day 2.

Aqaba is Jordon’s only sea access.  It dates back to 610 A.D. when it became an important trading post between India and the Mediterranean.  It was damaged by earthquakes and attacks by the Crusaders over the years until it became a quiet fishing village.  Then during WWI it was restored to prominence by T.E. Lawrence (of Lawrence of Arabia fame) when local forces he commanded took it back from the Ottomans.

Apart from a quick tour of the port Susy and I got all our internet taken care of (you got five posts in one day from me, so I got caught up).  Here is a look at the port:

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and looking out across the Gulf of Aqaba:

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Here’s a street view from the shuttle bus that took us into the center of town:

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In case you want to go back to smoking, this is the place to do it.  This is a photo of a typical tobacco shop and if you could blow up the photo you would see it’s advertising mint, grape, and strawberry tobacco among many others:

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The Souk (street market) in Aqaba was none existent, but they called these stores their Souk:

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This is the Grand Mosque built in 1975, first from the window of the bus and then up close:

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and finally, before we return to the ship, Susy with one of the local warriors on horse back:

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Next Day 2, Mar. 29,2017, our visit to Petra.  Get ready for probably my longest post.  What a day!!!!

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

P.S. Ship’s Port Sign:

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