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Middle East » Jordan » West » Madaba September 27th 2015

27 septembre 2015 - Jour 4 Nous quittons Amman pour nous rendre au sud, à Petra. Mais tout d'abord nous faisons une halte en périphérie de la ville sur le Mont Nebo où Moïse serait enterré. Il faut le dire au conditionnel car il n'y a aucune preuve archéologique de son tombeau mais selon la Bible c'est ici que Dieu lui aurait montré la Terre Promise et qu'il serait décédé. Et à la demande de Dieu, il devait faire en sorte que l'emplacement exact de sa tombe ne soit jamais révélé pour qu'il ne devienne pas un lieu de pèlerinage. Des tombes ont bel et bien été trouvées sur le site mais il n'y a aucun moyen de prouver s'il s'agit de Moïse. Le fait est qu'ils ont tout de même édifié un monument et une ... read more
Atelier de mosaïques
Carte en mosaïques
Château de Kerak

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

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 » Madaba June 7th 2015

After breakfast there was really nothing more to hang around for so it was time to move on. At the end of the 1km dirt track from the Bedouin camp is a 'B' road. We asked one of our hosts the best way to get back on to the Desert Highway. Do we go back the way we came or continue on this minor road? The answer we were given was to continue on the road for about 20 minutes and we will join a main road that will take us to the Desert Highway. We looked in the direction that the Bedouin was pointing and all we could see was a range of mountains!! We didn't try to ask what the terrain was like. ‘OK' and ‘not bad'seem to have different connotations in Arabic. As ... read more
More prestine stores on route to Madaba
A Jordanian IKEA
Inside St George's Greek Orthodox Church, Madaba

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

Middle East » Jordan » West » Madaba May 30th 2014

Madaba lies approximately one hour from Amman and is most famous for its mosaics. You might have heard of the 6th century Madaba Map which is a large mosaic in the Byzantine Church of Saint George displaying the holy land. But this is not the reason why I have convinced my boyfriend to stop in Madaba for a few days. On the contrary I am more into softer fabrics and after discovering that Madaba is also a carpet city I have become dead-set on finding myself a magic carpet. I have grown up in a house with oriental rugs and I love the earthy tones of such carpets. In my stepfathers summerhouse there used to be a particular massive kelim carpet which was all eroded from decades of use. I love it. To me it is ... read more
Carpet making
People being baptised

Middle East » Jordan » West » Al Karak May 27th 2014

After two days in Wadi Musa we are on the road again. We are heading to Madaba which is only an hours ride south of Amman and close to quite a list of biblical places. The drive there will take us most of the day, and on the way we will get the chance of a few hours to explore the Temple Knights castle of Kerak. I can't wait to explore Kerak and I must admit that in anticipation of our trip I have re-read Jan Guillou's amazing trilogy about Arn Magnusson, Knight Templar. Jordan is dry and with little vegetation as we drive up the Kings Highway. All the houses which we pass seem unfinished with metal sticks on the roof as if the Jordanians are all planning to attach another floor to their home ... read more
View from King's Highway
Anna the Crusader
The winding road

Middle East » Jordan » West » Madaba April 16th 2014

Geo: 31.7195, 35.7941In addition to being windproof, our tent was also exceedingly dark. Before the sun rose, I heard what sounded like a persistent hum. While it sounded like rain, I was convinced it couldn't be, given where we were. I went out to the necessary a little after 7:00am, and while the sun was now up, I could clearly see in the sand the distinct impressions of rain drops. I later confirmed that there had indeed been rain showers earlier that morning. While there were rudimentary toilets (and one partook), there was no way to really get clean after the previous day's activities, but we resigned ourselves to this fate and simply got up and washed as best we could. Whatever electricity there had been the day before was exhausted from the solar generator, ... read more
Our Drive out of the Desert in the Morning
Mosque in Madaba
Church of St. George (home to Jerusalem mosaic)

Middle East » Jordan » West » Madaba April 11th 2014

Geo: 31.7195, 35.7941After capitulating on the car rental situation, we loaded into our rather decrepit Peugeot 206. I had purchased a GPS mapset for Jordan, so we hooked it up, punched in our hotel in the town of Madaba -- about 10 miles from the airport -- and off we went. It was now after 1:00am. We literally had not gone more than 100 feet when a police car rolled up behind us. He honked his horn several times, but I was navigating a series of traffic cones to get properly oriented toward the exit. K asked me if I needed to get over, but as soon as I was clear of the cones, he veered sharply around and passed me. This incident, and the following few minutes, were all it took for my "old driving ... read more
Our Welcoming and Long-Anticipated Beds!

Middle East » Jordan » West » Al Karak March 31st 2014

I had a good sleep after the day at Petra, so we went down early for breakfast at the El-Rashid Hotel. Again, this is budget, so the breakfast was very limited, but was not bad. I think they may make you an omelette upon request, but we just had bread and labneh, with tea/coffee. Then we took off. We decided to head down the road less travelled and made our way towards Little Petra. Unfortunately, we took a wrong turn somewhere because the signs were not very forthcoming. We followed signs to Wadi Araba, but this is on the flatlands west of the mountains, which meant we took a windy mountain road that wound up ending in a gravel road with potholes. We were unsure how much further it was, so we turned back and found ... read more
Al Karak Castle
View to the Dead Sea from Al Karak
Al Karak Castle

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