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Red Sea, Aqaba & Wadi Rum - 16th/17th November

A full day at sea took us from El Sokhna in Egypt to Aqaba in Jordan. Oil rigs in the Red Sea were sighted along the way and the shoreline was always visible. Aqaba is an attractive place as sea ports go, and from here we ventured inland to visit Wadi Rum, the spectacular desert valley that was well known to Lawrence of Arabia. On a day with sunshine, the renowned colours of the rocks and hills would have been even more impressive, but even under clouds, we enjoyed our drive into the amazing deseert landscapes here. . .
Life boat drill on the Minerva
Life boat drill on the Minerva
Off shore oil rigs in the Gulf of Suez
Off shore oil rigs in the Gulf of Suez
A closer look at an oil rig in the Red Sea
A closer look at an oil rig in the Red Sea
Bow of the Minerva in the Red Sea
Bow of the Minerva in the Red Sea
The Bridge was open to visitors today...
The Bridge was open to visitors today...
Bridge control panel on the Minerva
Bridge control panel on the Minerva
Deck plans and officers' caps
Deck plans and officers' caps
Signal flags - and a fez - on the Bridge
Signal flags - and a fez - on the Bridge
Minerva's souvenir plaques of places visited
Minerva's souvenir plaques of places visited
Minerva's souvenir plaques of places visited
Minerva's souvenir plaques of places visited
Minerva's souvenir plaques of places visited
Minerva's souvenir plaques of places visited
Sunset over the Red Sea / Gulf of Aqaba
Sunset over the Red Sea / Gulf of Aqaba
World's tallest flag pole in Aqaba, Jordan
World's tallest flag pole in Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba, Jordan's port on the Red Sea
Aqaba, Jordan's port on the Red Sea
The harbour scene near our dock
The harbour scene near our dock
Control tower in the port of Aqaba
Control tower in the port of Aqaba
Curious vessel docked near our ship
Curious vessel docked near our ship
This vehicle carrier is a really BIG ship
This vehicle carrier is a really BIG ship
Off loaded cargo in the port of Aqaba
Off loaded cargo in the port of Aqaba
Aqaba's neighbour - Eilat in Israel
Aqaba's neighbour - Eilat in Israel
Tallest unsupported flag pole in the world
Tallest unsupported flag pole in the world
Street scene near the harbour in Aqaba
Street scene near the harbour in Aqaba
Apartments on the outskirts of Aqaba
Apartments on the outskirts of Aqaba
Roadside villages along the Kings Highway
Roadside villages along the Kings Highway
This is rock unlike any we've seen before
This is rock unlike any we've seen before
Classic scene - a shepherd and his flock
Classic scene - a shepherd and his flock
On the road to Wadi Rum in Jordan
On the road to Wadi Rum in Jordan
Seems Wadi Rum has a radio station
Seems Wadi Rum has a radio station
This strange desert country was amazing
This strange desert country was amazing
Dramatic mountains and open desert
Dramatic mountains and open desert
Here the vistas seem to go on forever
Here the vistas seem to go on forever
Fantastic backdrop to Wadi Rum village
Fantastic backdrop to Wadi Rum village
We've not seen hills like this before
We've not seen hills like this before
Bedouin encampment in Wadi Rum
Bedouin encampment in Wadi Rum
A closer look at the Bedouin campsite
A closer look at the Bedouin campsite
Looking from Lawrence's Well into the desert
Looking from Lawrence's Well into the desert
My favourite shot - from Lawrence's Well
My favourite shot - from Lawrence's Well
The water from Lawrence's Well
The water from Lawrence's Well
Dramatic photos are easy here
Dramatic photos are easy here
Time of day affects the rocks' colour
Time of day affects the rocks' colour
Climbers pick their way down the hill
Climbers pick their way down the hill
Granite rocks make for a rough route
Granite rocks make for a rough route
Our convoy of jeeps in Wadi Rum
Our convoy of jeeps in Wadi Rum
Another long, long view over the desert
Another long, long view over the desert
Desert souvenir shopping provided
Desert souvenir shopping provided
Spangled scarf in the Bedouin shop
Spangled scarf in the Bedouin shop
Time to leave this amazing place
Time to leave this amazing place
A desert campsite along the way
A desert campsite along the way
Little boys play in Wadi Rum village
Little boys play in Wadi Rum village
A cloudy sky dims the rocks' colours
A cloudy sky dims the rocks' colours
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Amazing scenes in every direction
Amazing scenes in every direction
The Wadi Rum Visitors' Centre
The Wadi Rum Visitors' Centre
Inside the Visitors' Centre café
Inside the Visitors' Centre café
Spectacular desert sunset
Spectacular desert sunset
Sunset on our return to Aqaba
Sunset on our return to Aqaba