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Published: April 6th 2009
The principal reason for stopping here is to get off and ride a bus for 2 and a half hours to see Petra. Petra is a fantastic underground city carved out of stone. There is no way to describe it - you have to go and see it for yourself. For now, the best thing to do is Google it and look at the photographs. Do not ever miss the opportunity to see Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world. We did see Petra in 1996, so we merely rode into the small Arab city of Aqaba, looked around for a bit and came back to the ship.
Aqaba is interesting because it is adjacent to the city of Elat, Israel. Despite all the friction and war on Israel's borders, Jews and Arabs can go back and forth between the two cities without stopping to show passports, inspections, etc. It is an example that people can live beside each other in peace in the Middle East.
I have added a picture of Elat from out ship and one of the the warships that protected us from the pirates.
We are now having a
day at sea as we retrace our steps and head for the Suez Canal. More to come on that tomorrow.
Only two more weeks on the Queen Victoria-hard to believe how quickly time has passed.
Love to all, Granddaddy and Granny Lynne
Please click on the links below for the tracking map, the Queen Victoria Bridge webcam and the Queen Victoria tracking map. Chuck and Lynne's Satellite Tracking Map Webcam on the Bridge of the Queen Victoria Queen Victoria GPS Tracking Map
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