Blogs from Amman, North, Jordan, Middle East


Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman November 29th 2021

Hi again, We got back from Jordan over a week ago, but it has been pretty hectic, and we led a walk on Saturday so wanted to get that out of the way before I could concentrate on the final bit of the Jordan blog. Watching the news emerge about the new covid variant makes us appreciate how lucky we were to fit in a trip. 200 pounds now added to the cost of our Christmas trip, for day 2 Covid tests, to the UK!! We also had two nights in Madrid to allow me to see the Prado Museum. Madrid was chilly and autumnal and every time we go, I think we need to stay longer as there is so much to see. The Prado was interesting if a bit old-fashioned and full of religious ... read more
Little Petra Roman fresco
Yep I climbed to the top !
No caption needed !!

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman November 19th 2021

Hi, So last time we had just arrived in Wadi Mass, the town that services Petra. We stayed at the Petra Guest House and I was expecting something small but it had been the Crowne Plaza. It was a nice place with lovely friendly genuine staff. We were up for breakfast at 6.15am and what a difference from the chaos of the Dead Sea. Our guide Ahmed arrived at 7 and we set off for Petra, full of excitement it is 50 Jordanian Dinar entrance fee which is about 50€ or £53 so we wanted to make the most of it. We knew it was going to be a long day and as you set off walking towards the valley you have no sense of what is ahead, the track is flat and uninteresting. You then ... read more
The donkey trail
Ampitheatre carved out of the rock
The Treasury

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman July 18th 2020

Today is about nothing, much like "Seinfeld" which was a show about nothing, according to George Costanza and Jerry. How did google get its name? The world's top search engine takes its name from the mathematical expression of 100 zeros trailing after the number 1. This name is especially apt since binary code, which is used for all computer processors, uses ones and zeros. Google’s goal was to rank pages on the World Wide Web according to importance using Google metrics, with the ultimate mission being “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Who knows if Google would have caught on if its founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had stuck with its original name: Backrub. How many bones in the human ear? There are three small bones in the human ... read more
Show about nothing
Coca cola secrets

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman April 4th 2020

31 mars (Toujours au Marriott Petra, Chambre 811) 10h00Am. Debout devant ma fenêtre, je tire une gorgée de mon éternel Earl Grey en observant des chèvres brouter de la brindille dans les collines inertes et recourbées de Petra. Dès que mon regard s'attarde sur quelques mouvements à l'extérieur de ma capsule, je souris, prenant soudainement conscience que le paysage à l'extérieur de la chambre 811 n'est pas qu'un simple décor photographique fixé dans le temps. Le téléphone de ma chambre sonne soudainement, me sortant d'un coup de mon ennuyante routine de prisonnier. Il n'est pourtant pas l'heure du lunch. Au bout de la ligne, l'ambassade canadienne m'annonce de bonnes nouvelles: une entente entre le Qatar et la Jordanie permet le décollage d'un avion le 2 avril à 1h15AM, à partir de l'aéroport international d'Amman (Queen Allia), ... read more
Isolement au Dove Hotel
Repas à 20$cad, Dove Hotel
Aéroport en quarantaine 1

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman March 12th 2020

Now that we can't go to Israel, we were all in panic mode trying to get flights home. Damien, Jacinta, & Natalie (Australian) were going to go to Greece, but found out they were shutting down sightseeing to the sites, so they booked a flight home.By lunch today all of us had booked flights home. I got messages from friends that Trump banned flights from Europe and my new flight goes through Frankfurt, so I was wondering what to do. Another friend said it was about European people not being let into U.S., not U.S. citizens. It's been stressful enough because I tried to rebook with United Airlines (according to their website I could rebook and they wouldn't charge rebooking fees), but I couldn't get through on the 800 phone line (which is the only way ... read more
Aws & me acting silly
Numeira place
Numeira place

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman March 11th 2020

10 mars Austrian Airlines. Déchaussé, je m'étire dans l'astronef en me déroulant de toute ma longueur sur les bancs vacants à mes côtés. Je m'élance vers mon escale en Autriche dans un avion rarement vu aussi vidé de ses voyageurs. Leur absence est presqu'inquiétante. Nous sommes qu'une soixantaine de passagers sur une possibilité de 210 en direction de Vienne. Pour une traversée de l'Atlantique, il va sans dire que j'aurai droit à davantage de verres de vin et de verres d'eau qu'à l'habitude. "Jamais vu aussi tranquille" que m'a avoué, avant de décoller, la cravate du comptoir à l'aéroport de Montréal. "Ils ont cancellé le vol de demain. La peur du Coronavirus aura réussit à vider nos avions. Espérons que vous pourrez revenir" avait-il alors ajouté à la mi blague en tirant son sourire lacté jusqu'à ... read more
Amphithéâtre Romain 2
Amphithéâtre Romain 1

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman March 6th 2020

Last night we had our farewell dinner. Hard to believe the Egypt part of the tour is over. Khaled asked us to talk about what we liked about the tour and suggestions. I really appreciated how passionate Khaled is about his country, and he would discuss anything with us, not just sightseeing things. I appreciated his attention to detail to constantly be calling bus driver, the boat, the felucca, our train tickets, our flight tickets, showing us where to get money, taught us how to haggle in the market, where to buy water. He was always there to help us. I came for the Pyramids and Sphinx, and got alot more. My only suggestion was a handout with a list of the Gods that he talked about because I got confused even though I read about ... read more
Farewell Dinner
Hotel in Luxor

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman January 16th 2020

Following a buffet breakfast and checking in luggage (for the bus driver), we boarded the bus for a trip to Mt. Nebo. This is where Moses viewed the promised land since he wasn't permitted to enter. It is believed he died on Mt. Nebo or nearby, though the exact place is not known. I was warned it would be cooler and windy on Mt. Nebo, but I wasn't prepared for the intensity of the wind. It felt like you were being blown over the hillside as you walked toward the sites. I will post a short video on my Facebook page for you to see just what I mean. As you walk up the hill there is a large stone like the one place over Jesus' tomb and a statue of Moses to commemorate his life ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman January 13th 2020

So as always for any trip I make a list of last-minute things I have to extra batteries, get snacks, make sure my family has what they need while I’m away, etc. Terry drove me to New Martinsville, was helping me out, and would also take my car home once I linked up with the rest of the group. While waiting at the plaza we learned Randy, Diane, and Debbie were in a fender bender at McDonald’s. It caused a lot of excitement and delayed our departure to Pittsburgh. Once they arrived, we loaded up and had an uneventful trip to the airport. We were later than we planned but we had plenty of time. Debbie and I were the first the check in with our bags. I dug through my passport. I dug ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman June 28th 2019

We’re still feeling very intimidated by this sprawling city and its seemingly grumpy residents, but we decide to be brave and head off to see some of the sights. Our confidence is not helped by the security guard manning the x-ray screening machines at the entrance to the hotel, who tells us as we leave to “be careful”. We could see the Amman Citadel from the hotel window, and the ever reliable Google Maps told us that it was less than two kilometres away. What it failed to tell us was that Amman is built on a series of hills with deep valleys in between them. We climb the wrong hill, and then need to navigate a series of precipitously steep steps down that hill and then up the right hill on the other side of ... read more
Lots of steps up to the Citadel
Amman from the Citadel
Temple of Hercules, Amman Citadel

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