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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 15th 2013

October 15, 2013 After wandering the ancient streets of Jerash it was on to the other place we were visiting that day, the Dead Sea...truly a mythical place, the lowest point on Earth and somewhere I had always wanted to visit so was really looking forward to it... After a nice drive through the Jordan Valley we caught our first glimpse of it in the distance...excellent! We opted to hit the public beach, it is significantly cheaper than paying admission to one of the luxury hotels lining the Sea, all for the privilege of using their beach...pfft...think it cost us 15 JD's each, still enough but again not as bad as other places... Good facilities, had a really nice pool as well but eating options are limited to an expensive buffet at the one restaurant...it was ... read more
Two corks...
Dead Sea II
Dead Sea III

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 13th 2013

This day, was the first "real" day of my trip. After the first night, it was time to stand up, and time for breakfast. Our hotel, Mariam hotel, had a rooftop restaurant. There, you had a nice view over the city of Madaba, and it was the first acquaintance with Jordan by daylight. And then suddenly you realize that you are in Jordan and a total different culture, and of course The Middle-East. The town and the houses looks just like you see on TV and you already hear the hectic of the city life. I took breakfast, and I started to meet the other ones of the group, which arrived with another flight than mine. I saw them yesterday evening very fast, but I didn't really know them yet. The breakfast is totally different than ... read more
Map of the Holy Land
Memorial of Moses
View from Mount Nebo

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea June 9th 2013

8/6/13 hongkong my clock on the ipad says 2.45am so im guessing thats sunday morning in nz wow I've been up for a while! But i got to watch django on the plane which I've wanted to see for ages. I'm at the ymca which i just found out stands for young women's christian association, so its ywca Lochlan didn't mention that bit. Rooms pretty basic and a shared bathroom. Missing brent, my dreams keep drifitng to that horrible night, maybe its effected me more than i thought. I'm glad i got a shuttle from the airport, its a while away and theres heaps of people and crazy drivers, also its raining. I'm not to far from some main shopping streets by the looks of it, i'll check it out tomorrow, along with my awsome new ... read more
Jade markets
Jade anklet i got

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea January 28th 2013

Our first stop this morning was at the Greek Orthodox St George's Church in Madaba. This church is renowned for the 6th century Byzantine mosaic on its floor that shows the entire region from the Nile Delta in Egypt in the south to Jordan and Palestine in the north. The detail recorded in this early map is impressive. Just a few more kilometres by road found us at Mount Nebo which has been a centre for pilgrimages since the earliest Christian period. It is also reputed to be the burial site of Moses who climbed the mountain to view the Holy Land before he died. Unfortunately at present the peak of Mount Nebo is largely obscured with construction works. The historic church atop the mountain has been restored, but is now having a larger church, sponsored ... read more
St Georges Church Mosaic Picture
Sad Santas
Mount Nebo Sculpture

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea January 19th 2013

January 1, 2013 - We arrived in Amman, Jordan around 6pm and immediately jumped in a taxi headed for the Dead Sea. We had absolutely no idea what to expect during our time in Jordan. The cab ride was about 45 minutes and our ears were popping much of the way as we headed to one of the lowest places on Earth. Once we arrived at the beautiful Dead Sea Spa Hotel, we went down to the sports bar to grab a drink and enjoy the nice night on the patio. Again, we called it a night fairly early because we had a very busy day ahead of us. The next morning we woke up around 7, ate breakfast, and headed down to the beach. The beach was empty because it was only in the mid ... read more
view from hotel room
view from hotel room
Dead Sea Spa Hotel

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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 9th 2012

Monday evening - Tuesday - Dead Sea Monday evening - At the end of the day, we head to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, 400m below sea level and as we make the very long drive down, our ears keep popping. Would not want to have to climb up this highway on foot. The view is incredible as we drive down to our resort and towards a whole day tomorrow of kicking back and no touring. As much as we have absolutely loved this we are looking forward to some downtime, some pool and beach time. Once we got through security and dropped stuff at our room, we headed down to the beach through the resort property... a long way down...but we didn't make it down to the beach fast enough to see ... read more
Puts some perspective on the elevation
Dead Sea (2)
Sunset on the Dead Sea (2)

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea July 26th 2012

Overnight at the Dead Sea One of the things I was looking forward to most of my trip to Jordan was getting to float in the Dead Sea. This weekend I got to go! 7 of us loaded up in cars and drove from Amman to the Dead Sea. Not too long of a drive at all. Maybe 50-60 mins I think? The scenery along the way was gorgeous and the music and company kept the ride entertaining. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on land on Earth, meaning the drive there from Amman was all downhill. Our ears popped every once in a while as we passed desert hills and small cliffs until we reached the mountains. The Dead Sea is located in the Jordan Rift Valley, so in the hotel we had a ... read more
Rest and Relaxation at the Dead Sea
Pool with the Dead Sea behind it
Gettin' Dirty

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea May 25th 2012

I was to leave for the Dead Sea on an already paid tour in an hour and a half at 10am. Ammar seemed like he woke up at the same time, but Jad was nowhere to be found. “Are you ready?” Ammar asked politely as I rubbed my eyes and blinked wildly, again adjusting to the sun. I could only nod as I swung my feet in front of me and tried to stand up. Some night, so simple, so tiring. Ammar left me to the sitting room and called around the house for Jad. I got up and re-noticed the artwork I had seen the previous night, or that morning since I believe I went to sleep around 3:30-3:45. I walked up the 3 marble steps leaving the sitting room and turned the corner up ... read more
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David and the Driver
Goats!

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea January 10th 2012

The Hotel was so quiet that the tours they often run to the Dead Sea weren't happening due to lack of numbers. So we had decided we would take the bus to Bethany and the Dead Sea, even though it seemed that this would be very tough. When we went to get a taxi to the bus station, we managed to reach an agreement with the driver to take us to both places and back, while waiting for us at each for 30 JD. This saved us a lot of hassle and I'm not sure if we ultimately could have done all we did that day with just public transport. The first stop was Bethany, the place where it is claimed that Jesus was baptised by John. The site itself is not all that impressive and ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 10th 2011

Friday morning, my roommate and I decided to try to find Souk Jara, a local market held on Fridays in Amman where one of my Jordanian friends has her own business, “S'mores and More“. After inquiring at the front desk of the hostel, I found out it was on Rainbow Street, a very famous street in Amman located on Jebel Amman, one of the many mountains Amman is divided into geographically. Because of the immense early afternoon heat, we decided to take a taxi up and arrived at the souk just as it was starting to get busy. The souk is delightful, made up of many different little stands with people selling their goods, anything from jewelry to watches made from recyclable materials by women in Aqaba, and hand painted artwork. It is definitely an awesome ... read more
Souk Jara
The Dead Sea
Dead Sea




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