Thursday, September 30, 2010

Taba ...

... TRAVEL PHOTO ALBUM #2, EILAT, TABA, AQABA ...
Israël, Egypt, Jordan
7 NOVEMBER, 1994

... map with Taba Border Check Point ...

... bus stop on the road to Taba ...

... Egypt visa - Taba passport ...

Taba Border Crossing ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... opened on April 26, 1982 it is currently the only entry/exit point
between the two countries that handles tourists ...

... in 1994, a coffee shop,
in the middle of nowhere ...

Hilton Taba , in 1994 ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Eliyahu Paposchado built the Sonesta Hotel in 1979,
6 km from Eilat, while the Sinai was under Israeli control.
It was immediately considered one of Israel's premier hotels
and would later prove to be a problem in the ensuing talks
between the two nations ...
...
It was incredibly popular with Israeli tourists
until it was targeted by terrorists in 2004 ...

... under the Doum palms / Hyphaene thebaica ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Common name gingerbread tree or thebaica, الدوم in Arabic ...
... originally native to the Nile valley ...
... It was considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians
and the seed was found in many pharaoh's tombs ...

... looking across the Gulf of Aqaba ...

Sodom's Apple / Calotropis procera ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is a plant native to the Dead Sea and Sodom,
Israel and other desert regions
...
... The green globes of the Apple of Sodom are hollow
but the flesh contains a toxic milky sap that is extremely bitter
and turns into gluey coating resistant to soap and oil
that can remain on skin for up to 6–8 hours...

...
The fruit is described by the Roman Jewish historian Josephus,
who saw it growing near Sodom:
"...as well as the ashes growing in their fruits;
which fruits have a color as if they were fit to be eaten,
but if you pluck them with your hands,
they dissolve into smoke and ashes."
...

...
John Milton alludes to this plant in his epic poem, Paradise Lost,
while describing the fruit that Satan and his cohorts eat
after having tempted Adam and Eve to eat an apple
from the Tree of Good and Evil ...


... Taba resort, in 1994, under construction ...

... Israel visa ...
... returning back to Coral Beach, Eilat ...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wadi Araba Border Crossing ...

... TRAVEL PHOTO ALBUM #2, EILAT, TABA, AQABA ...
Israël, Egypt, Jordan
9 NOVEMBER, 1994

... a camel bus stop ? ...

... the most perfect refreshment ...

... welcome to Arava Crossing Point ...
... the Crossing Point from Eilat in 1994,
since February 2006 renamed
The Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal ...
source: en.wikipedia.org

... visa for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan ...

... entering the Terminal, in 1994 ...

... view on Elot, Israël,
from
Israël-Jordan Border, in 1994 ...

... Entry stamp in our passport from the Wadi Araba
Crossing, just 3 months after
the Arava Check Point
was opened for tourists only ...


... the Crossing Point from Aqaba, in 1994 ...

... no public transport, in 1994
only yellow cabs waiting for tourists ...

Wadi Araba Crossing ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org/
... Opened on August 8, 1994, it is currently
one of three entry/exit points between the two countries
that handles tourists ...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Aqaba Center ...

... TRAVEL PHOTO ALBUM #2, EILAT, TABA, AQABA ...
Israël, Egypt, Jordan
9 NOVEMBER, 1994

... view on Aqaba, the Gulf of Aqaba
and Eilat, in 1994 ...


... Agfa - 20 min. service, in 1994 ...

... Coca-Cola in Arabic ...
... I think the Arabic version is very cool.
It reads right to left ...

... barbershop, in 1994 ...

... butcher's shop , in 1994 ...

... street scenes in Aqaba, in 1994 ...

... 5 qirsh or piasters, 10 piasters ....

... one Dinar , in 1994 (reverse)...
... Jordanian dinar ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The dinar is divided into 10 dirham,
100 qirsh (also called piastres) or 1000 fils ...


... one Dinar , in 1994 (obverse) ...
... Hussein of Jordan ... (EN)
  by en.wikipedia.org

Ḥusayn bin Ṭalāl (1935 – 1999)
... Hussein guided his country in the context of the Cold War,
and through four decades of Arab-Israeli conflict,
balancing the pressures of Arab nationalism and
the allure of Western-style development
against the stark reality of Jordan's geographic location...

... Eastern Arabic or Arabic-Indic numerals ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... There is substantial variation in usage of glyphs
for the Eastern Arabic-Indic digits, especially
for the digits four, five, six, and seven ...
 

Aqaba / Al-Aqabah... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is strategically important to Jordan
as it is the country's only seaport....
...The town is also an important administrative
center within the far south of Jordan...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Aqaba Beach ...

... TRAVEL PHOTO ALBUM #2, EILAT, TABA, AQABA ...
Israël, Egypt, Jordan
9 NOVEMBER, 1994

... Aqaba Beach, in 1994 ...

... view on Eilat, in 1994 ...

... Aqaba's Marina and Harbor Control Tower, (in 1994)
... the marina is filled with vessels that run the garmut

from simple rowboats to luxury cruisers
...

... In 1965, King Hussein attempted to give Aqaba room
to grow by trading land with Saudi Arabia.
In return for 6000 square kilometers of desertland
in Jordan's interior the Saudi's traded 12 kilometers
of prime coastline to the south of Aqaba.
In addition to the extra land for expansion of the port,
the swap also gave the country access
to the magnificent Yamanieh coral reef...
source: en.wikipedia.org

Port relocation.
... Aqaba's current port will be relocated, 20 km south, to the
  southernmost part of the province near the Saudi border.
 
Its capacity will surpass that of the current port.
 
The project costs $5 billion, and it will be completed by 2013.
source: en.wikipedia.org

... Aqaba Mamluk Fort, one of the main
historical landmarks of Aqaba
...
... Walking through the central courtyard,
you will see the Hashemite coat of arms, placed
there
after WWI during the Great Arab Revolt ...
... Square in shape and flanked by semicircular towers,
the fort is marked with various inscriptions
marking the latter period of the Islamic dynasty.
..
source: visitjordan.com

... While presumably the Crusaders built the Fort,
all of the markings inside
speak of the construction
by the Mamluks between the 14th and the 16th century.

The Arabs used it primarly as a fortified rest stop
for Egyptian pilgrims en route to or from Mecca.
Lawrence of Arabia played a key role in winning back
Aqaba for the Arabs in 1917, and it has been
in Hashemite hands ever since
...
source: Jordan Pictural Guide

... fortress windows ...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Manhole cover ...

... Esso home heating oil manhole cover ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is a removable plate forming the lid over the opening
of a manhole, to prevent anyone from falling in
and to keep unauthorized persons out ...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dalheim ...

... the Dalheimer Mühle / Dalheim mill is located in
 the Naturpark Maas-Schwalm-Nette
On the German side, close to the nature reserve Helpensteiner
Rothenbachtal and the primeval natural forest plot Arsbeck.
On the Dutch side of the 'De Meinweg' National Park.
source: heinsberger-tourist-service.de
... a granite plaque with the coat of arms (1775) of the abbess
Maria Anna von Oyen / Oeijen (Cistercian nuns monastery) ...
source: limburg-bernd.de
Dalheimer Mühle / Dalheim mill (before 1231-1958)
present monastery mill building (1775)
source: Niederrheinischer Wassermühlen-Führer H. Vogt
     

After almost 20 year closure, several changes of ownership,
fire damage and vandalism, the Dalheimer Mill reopened
after a total renovation (by Architekt Eberhard Schulz) in 2008
source: heinsberger-tourist-service.de
... one of the most beautiful places in the district Heinsberg,
the Helpensteiner stream directly on the German-Dutch border ...

source: heinsberger-tourist-service.de
... worth seeing are the new water wheel, which revolves solely by
the force of the water, and the old, disused mill's inner workings,
which can be visited during opening times of the café ...
source: heinsberger-tourist-service.de
... the Dutch side 'De Meinweg' National Park
with large heathland and woodland areas.
source: heinsberger-tourist-service.de

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