Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Doum Palms of Aqaba - Jordan

In Eilat - Israel, near Evrona is a group of Doum Palms.
The Doum Palms of Evrona

Some days ago we visited Eilat's Jordanian sister town Aqaba. In spite of the heat we walked through Aqaba leaving the pool of Hotel Kempinski behind. 

Accross the road from the Intercontinental Hotel some hundred meters to the north we saw the Doum Palms of Aqaba.

The Doum Palms of Aqaba.

As usual we found out that borders don't stop the nature.

Aqaba is a city in booming development and we liked the way the Jordanians keep their heritage a lot.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Some days in Aqaba - Jordan

It is high summer (36 degrees Celsius or 97 Fahrenheit and more) in this hectic place under the sun, and enough is enough, so Pnina (my wife) and I decided to take some days off.

Europe these days is even hotter than the Levant and we are no Rothschilds, so we decided to stay in the area.

We took a package deal from Arkia and flew from Tel Aviv to Eilat and crossed the border to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Aqaba.

We stayed at the Kempinski hotel which is in one word amazing. A great staff and located on the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba and Eilat.

         Our room at Kempinski

The pool and the flag of the Great Arabic Revolt behind

Eilat - Israel seen from the Kempinski hotel

Did I mention the great food and the kind Jordanian people?