Aqaba, Jordan

We did a 11 day family trip to Jordan last week (October 2012). The first 2 days we were in Petra (previous post) from where we drove to Aqaba at the Red Sea. In Aqaba we did snorkeling and Scuba diving but I don’t have photos of the diving. Underwater photography without proper equipment isn’t very rewarding in my opinion. We did a lot of strolling around the old down-town – including some street photography and in-shop photography – and met by coincidence Micki who has earlier lived 14 years in Finland and who became our guide to Wadi Rum (next post). He is a great guy – if you need a guide in Jordan,we can recommend him.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Several times especially young men asked to be photographed.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Jumping into the sea at Aqaba beach.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Shop keeper in Aqaba spice shop.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Meat shop.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Kids at Aqaba beach.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Loading rock phosphate in Aqaba port on the way to the diving site.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

Our guide and friend Mikhi.

 (Photographer: Erkki Poytaniemi)

The sun set behind the Sinai mountains on the other side of Aqaba Gulf.

 

The Aqaba gallery is here. 

Shanghai old town

The Yuyuan Garden is one of the “must” places to visit in Shanghai. It was originally built in the 16th century and is an excellent model of classical Chinese architecture. The three first pictures are from there.

The street view is also from the old town area of Shanghai. I wonder if it will still be there if I visit Shanghai again after 1-2 years.? The are was between two areas of high-rising apartment blocks and I am not sure if the Chinese understand yet the value of the more traditional cityscape.

The last picture is taken from the Huangpu river towards the modern Pudong area including Shanghais tallest building the World Financial Center which resembles a bottle opener.