|Photos from the bus en route to Eilat, Israel.|
Upon arrival at Eilat, we immediately got a taxi to the Jordanian border crossing 5 kms north. Steven and I both remarked that we’d never seen an emptier border crossing in our lives; it was only us and 2 Singaporean women who had been on the bus crossing over to Aqaba, no other people or cars, nothing – altogether strange its being so deserted at a major crossing. We had to get a Jordanian visa and had to hand over our passport a couple of time but the whole process went off with nary a hitch and without having to pay a penny OR fill out any forms, etc.
When all the border formalities were over, we got a fixed rate taxi to our hotel where we stayed for just one night. Saw a large number of murals on the way into town from the bus station.
We needed to stay in Aqaba one night before heading out at 8 the next morning for our ride to Wadi Rum because our tour there started at 10.
First off, we walked through the fairly small market area as we always find produce and clothing markets fascinating. We didn't realize that we'd see in
|The BIGGEST cabbages we've ever seen. Wonder how many people could be fed on St. Patrick's Day with just one of them!|
|I love lamb but seeing these carcasses made me rethink that!|
A local bakery where we bought some rolls to munch on while sightseeing; it turned out one had yummy chocolate inside and the others had what we think was a cooked fig filling.
Behind the market was one of the city’s beautiful mosques. located on the beach road, known as the Corniche.
|Too long a mosque name for me to write!|
|Photos of the males in Jordan's ruling family were commonplace in Aqaba even in the tiny museum.|
The guide showed Steven how to recognize numbers in Arabic. The number five in Arabic for example looks like a zero.
|The guide showed us basil plants growing in the rocky ground.|
|The guide insisted on posing us here in the doorway - yeah, I know, rather cheesy!|
along the main street past the mosque again.
|Gulf of Aqaba with Eilat, Israel in the background.|
Certainly one of the more unusual benches we've seen this trip. I joked that we should put together a series of simply bench photos but Steven was not quite as amused.
This large scale ship model was almost completely hidden behind trees in a traffic circle.
Our ‘real destination’ was getting an ice cream cone at the McDonald’s we’d passed on the way into town! So very strange seeing the ad for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys as we’d not seen or heard about them in at least 10 years.
Even a picture of the Jordanian Royal Family, including the American Queen Noor, in the McDonald’s!