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 ...

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