Aqaba, Jordan 15/9
I went ashore here with Geoff and Keith, friends from a previous cruise. Geoff, who was an Australian diplomat for over 30 years, has vast experience of the Middle East, South East Asia and USA and was on board giving a series of lectures on regional and world affairs. There wasn’t a lot to see here but we hired a taxi to take us to a shopping centre and then to a couple of very good hotels where we had drinks and an excellent Arabic lunch.
|Two friendly, English speaking locals.|
|Geoff and Keith.|
|Driving through one of the less salubrious parts of town.|
|Outside the shopping centre.|
|At the nut and spices shop. We bought some|
beautiful, fresh nuts.
|43 deg C in the shade!|
|Who would have thought a colour scheme of ochre, gun-metal blue, green and grey would look ghastly!|
|Sunset over the desert.|
Salalah, Oman 20/9
I have no idea why the ship called here. It’s a strict Muslim country – no alcohol, being a Friday everything was shut and, despite the heat, it was even frowned upon to wear shorts ashore!
I stayed on-board and had a very relaxing day by the pool and bar.
|Early morning arrival.|
|Arab dhows alongside.|
|This appears to be a large transhipment port for containers bound for the Persian Gulf and India.|