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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Friday photoblogging on Saturday

yesterday was a gloriously clear and beautiful day here in aqaba... being as how it was a friday (friday and saturday are the weekend in islamic countries), we decided to walk down along the public beach to the plaza that features the giant flagpole flying the flag of the arab revolt (see my post from january)... we also browsed the museum and the fort...

The Aqaba Fort
The Aqaba Fort

The Crusaders occupied the area in the 12th century and built their fortress of Helim, which remains relatively well-preserved today. The Aqaba fort was rebuilt in the 14th century under one of the last Mamluk sultans, Qansah al-Ghouri, and has been substantially altered several times since then. The Hashemite Coat of Arms was placed above the main doorway during the Great Arab Revolt of World War I, after the Turks were driven out of the city. The fort is open daily and entrance is free.

The flag of the Arab revolt as seen
from a portal in the Aqaba fort

then, like last time, we parked our keisters in the waterfront cafe to spend a couple leisurely hours smoking a shisha...


that evening, we walked over to mohandas, a local version of a u.s. diner, where we pigged out on hummous and felafel... yum...

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