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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea February 28th 2016

After the busy day touring Petra yesterday, I woke up looking forward to a quiet day on the road. I am not sure whether it was the hours of walking and hiking over rocks, the standing for hours cooking or if I was good old fashioned cranky, but I simply couldn’t face the breakfast buffet today. To say that it was sad would be kind to breakfast buffets everywhere. This one was plain old blech, in my professional opinion. I made do with some lackluster coffee colored water until Haytham picked us up and we headed towards Wadi Rum to check out the desert of Jordan. This trip is winding down too quickly, so I was determined to make the most of it- good breakfast or not. I am often asked why I have not yet ... read more
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Wadi Rum
Restaurant in Amman

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 1st 2015

1er octobre 2015 - Jour 8 Nous avons un long trajet de 4h ce matin pour remonter ver le nord et rejoindre notre dernier arrêt, la Mer Morte. La route longe la frontière avec Israël qu'on peut apercevoir avec sa barrière de barbelés. De nombreux postes de contrôles militaires sont situés le long de cette route et nous arrêtent régulièrement pour contrôler nos passeports et le permis de notre chauffeur. Durant le trajet, Ehab nous remet à jour nos connaissances d'histoire biblique sur le parcours de Moïse et le baptême de Jésus dans le Jourdain. D'ailleurs ces événements sont également cités dans le Coran puisqu'ils sont tous deux considérés comme des Prophètes. Lorsque nous atteignons la Mer Morte, nous constatons à quel point le niveau de l'eau a baissé ces dernières années car on voit clairement ... read more
Niveau de la mer
Piscine de l'hôtel
Il fait chaud!

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea July 5th 2015

today we left madaba and headed down the kings highway first stop was herods palace the fortress of mukawir where it is supposed herod beheaded John the baptist this palace was built similar to masada on to of a steep hill though not as steep or as high it only took us about 30 mins to walk up and even Esthers mum made it up, from the top we had a 360 degree view impossible to capture on film today was much clearer than yesterday and we could see Jerusalem in the distance. from here we drove parallel to the east coast of the dead sea stopping wherever there was a view through to the dead sea between the mountains, one of these was the wadi al mujib and we stopped overlooking the al mujib dam ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea June 8th 2015

Despite the stress of the previous day, our hotel room and especially the bed, was very comfortable. I say comfortable. Certainly to lie on. However, this morning we both agreed it wasn't the best night's sleep we'd had. The mattress of the bed was memory foam but we think it had been still remembering someone else's body!! At breakfast we met a young couple from Dubai. We explained our predicament about not being able to find the hotel yesterday. They said that they had GPS in their car and they even had problems. GPS identified the road ok but failed to pin point the location of the hotel. It didn't also take in to account the temporary road closures. Today, the last full day of our trip, we are heading to the Dead Sea, a journey ... read more
The Promise Land, (what Moses saw!!)
The road ahead - descending Mt Nebo
What I have to rub it in everywhere!!

Middle East » Jordan » West » Dead Sea October 31st 2014

Trip to Palestine and Jordan These are some pictures taken in Jerusalem Al Aqsa Mosque including Friday Jumma prayers also some pics are from the west bank in Palestine including Bethlehem and Jericho.... read more
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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
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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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