Posts Tagged "Middle East"

Caesarea, Israel

We arrived in Haifa, Israel, on April 6, 2015 and docked in the horseshoe shaped bay in the shadows of Mount Carmel. We traveled 28 miles to the ancient city of Caesarea, but first we went to the top of Mount Carmel for a view of the harbor and the Baha’i hanging gardens. Our next stop was just outside of Caesarea to see the Roman aqueduct, which supplied the water to the town. Caesarea was built by Herod the Great and dedicated to Caesar Augustus more than 2,000 years ago. We started at the  Roman Amphitheater and walked to the walled crusader city. After leaving the amphitheater we...

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Jaffa, Israel

On April 5, 2015, we docked in the port of Ashdod, Israel and took a trip to the ancient port city of Jaffa, just outside of Tel Aviv. We walked around Jaffa taking in the Town Square and St. Peter’s Church, before climbing a small hill for a view of  modern Tel Aviv. We then proceeded to wander the narrow streets, which are now the home to small shops and artisans. In the harbor one can see the rocks where Andromeda was supposedly rescued by Perseus. After exploring Jaffa we rode through Tel Aviv where we saw the historical german buildings called Bauhaus Buildings. The thumbnail...

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Wadi Rum (Aqaba), Jordan

We sailed up the Gulf of Aqaba to the only port city in Jordan, Aqaba, on April 4, 2015. From the city you can see Israel, Egypt and to the South Saudi Arabia. We ventured out into the desert to Wadi Rum, a valley that is cut into the rock composed of sandstone and granite. Once there we boarded a 4×4 Toyota pickup driven by a Bedouin driver for a 2 hour trip through the valley. In the valley there were Bedouins with their camels ready to take tourists on a ride as well as several encampments. At one of these encampments we stopped for some tea made with cardamon, sage and other desert...

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Salalah, Oman

Overnight we traveled to the other side of Oman to the Port of Salalah arriving on March 28, 2015. Salalah, unlike mountainous Muscat, is located in a desert and was once the major port for shipping Frankincense. Still today it is produced and shipped all over the world. We traveled around the desert stopping at the Frankincense Souq with many stalls. Some stalls the vendors were ladies dressed in the traditional berkas. As we drove around the country there were many walls painted with murals of the ruler of the country Sultan Qaboos.  The desert had small scattered communities most of which...

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Muscat, Oman

March 26, 2015 we docked in Muscat in Oman. Muscat is located on the Arabian Sea and is nestled among the rocky Al Hajar Mountains. Our trip today included a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The mosque is very large and could hold close to 20,000 worshipers and was beautifully landscaped. The inside was adorned with green and gold tile work. We next went to the Mutrah Souq a covered market below ground level to help protect the shop keepers and customers from the extreme summer heat. We then went to the Qasr Al Alam Palace, one of many palaces in Oman, for a view of the outside...

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