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Middle East » Jordan March 17th 2014

My 66th Country - Jordan For those lazy readers I also made a video - 'Corn Flakes in Jordan' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nYZvlBjwvk I went to Jordan at this time as I didn't really have much money and I was limited due to travelling in the winter months. I flew into Amman and spent a week acclimatizing to the country, exploring the city and I also went on a couple of day long road trips to visit a dolmen field and the north east close to the Golan Heights area. I stayed in a hostel downtown and enjoyed mixing with salt of the earth people and trying all the foods on offer such as lambs brain and falafel. The city was interestingly built on 7 hills which allows you to get great views of the heavily built up area ... read more
Exploring Amman
Exploring Amman
Exploring Amman

Middle East » Jordan February 19th 2014

Hilary's Account of our January 2014 trip to Jordan, beginning with Amman (Tom's account is at the end). Note: 215 photos in all, so please scroll down at the bottom of page. And do leave a comment if you're so inclined. Hilary did most of the planning of the trip on the Web, reserving our flights from Paris to Aqaba and back to Paris via Amman on Royal Jordanian Airlines and our hotels through Booking.com. Trip advisor, the “Lonely Planet” and the French “Le Routard” gave helpful advice and came in very handy, but she really made a poor choice of a hotel for the first night in Amman. Billed as an “aparthotel” in a residential area on the Booking.com site, the place turned out to be a real fleabag in a working class area of ... read more
Amman: Tom at Roman Amphitheater
Amman: Hilary + Tom at Roman Amphitheater
Amman: boys at Roman amphitheater

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman February 15th 2014

Jordan – the rest. 12th february Yesterday we had a nice lie in as didn’t have to leave until 10am. Packed our cases and also had to make sure we had our day pack with suitable things in as we were going to stay for a night in Wadi Rum desert! So had to take lots of layers and our alcohol! 1st stop was this Bakery around the corner from our hotel in Wadi Masa (Silk road hotel). This bakery was incredible. They were making flat(pitta) bread by hand and there were so many delights, boths sweet and savory. I then nipped into a small shop for water and tried to pay with a 10 dinnar note – they don’t tend to hold much change and prefer dealing in 5 or 1 dinnar notes and change ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra February 11th 2014

*8th Feb – got to the airport from Dubai very swiftly as well as through check in and security, the man behind the desk assumed I was going back to London and looked very shocked when I said I was going on to Amman. All very smooth, got to the gate and met a Canadian couple going on a G Adventures tour too. They happened to be sitting in front of me on the plane. The view was great from start to finish. Saw Dubai from the air, including the Burj Khalifa, Burj al arab and the Palm. Was beautiful. Then as we got closer to Amman we flew over a desert, looked so so vast. Got to the Liwan Hotel, which is lovely so far , shared a taxi with the Canadians then checked in, ... read more
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Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra January 5th 2014

"I live in a neighbourhood so bad that you can get shot while getting shot." Chris Rock So lies Jordan, the quiet cul-de-sac of calm and serenity within the rough neighbourhood of the Middle East. It sits impassively trying to ignore the noisy neighbours it borders (Syria, Iraq, Israel and Egypt, plus Lebanon around the corner), plays peacemaker when tempers start to fray and accepts newcomers to the area when they try to escape their own streets. A country that straddles the holiest lands mentioned throughout the Bible and Quran that at every turn has a story about Moses, Jesus or Mohamed. A land that has seen Persians, Babylonians, Greeks, Nabateans, Romans, Islam and Ottomans all passing through leaving their mark. The result of all this is a small country that punches well above its weight ... read more
Dead Sea floating
Wadi Rum sunset
Good eating-Amman

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba December 31st 2013

I’ve met some great people through this blog, twitter and other social media outlets. One person in particular stands out as someone whom I feel especially lucky to have met, the talented creator behind For The Intolerants, JoAnna. JoAnna and I have a lot of similar interests, as do many travel bloggers; exploring exotic lands, sampling global cuisine, merging into bizarro cultures, but ultimately we share a unique idiosyncrasy, a sort of fervor for the Middle East. A keystone in my mission being to deflate nasty stereotypes revolving around the Arab world, I found it fitting when JoAnna approached me to w... read more

Middle East » Jordan December 22nd 2013

Jordan - Dec 21st - Flew from SFO to Chicago on AA (operated for Royal Jordanian) - Flew from Chicago to Amman on Royal Jordanian - Heard about Su's family off-boarding plane in BLR because of dad sweating and being unconscious on the plane in BLR. They postpone visit to next day - Watched Lawrence of Arabia and Grownups 2 on the plane - Airline not good. Bad service. TV unit and other things not working properly on plane. Had to take off sweater as it was too warm. - First observations Do not stop for pedestrians Reminds me of India - Interesting people - Driver - Had lived in Chicago for 8 years. Had come to study Business Management, didn't finish and came back home. Has 4 kids and it was his son's 14th birthday ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman December 22nd 2013

Amman is old and ancient, new and modern, alcohol free(ish) and totally intoxicating. But I am rushing ahead of myself,, so while Steven Seagull is busy killing whites in black leather on some wall paper movie, we'll cast our minds back to Saturday. A lovely morning with Merri and Adrian, brunch and a walk in the park before setting off in good time to the airport. Too early as it happens, I forgot about not being able to check in until three hours before the flight so had to hang around waiting for the gates to open for a while and then the rub. I'd booked the flight with Royal Jordanian which is a one world affiliate but they partner with Thai which is a star alliance affiliate so qantas wouldn't let me into the lounge ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Aqaba December 19th 2013

Hello my fellow travellers! So, my time in Jordan has come to an end. This was an amazing trip, even though there were quite some things that we didn't manage to see. That's how it is though, there isn't enough time to see everything in the world I'm afraid. Still, I might return here one day and use Jordan as a base to visit the neighbouring countries once the region has calmed down again and then I'll probably visit some of these places again as well as those I didn't visit this time around, there is a lot to see here such as the desert castles, the place where Jesus was baptised, Moses burial grounds and so on. After having returned home I did indeed find out that our Wadi Rum guide kinda skimped on us ... read more
Aqaba
Aqaba
Aqaba

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra December 18th 2013

Hello again my fellow travellers! Where do I begin when all has been amazing? Probably at the beginning I suppose. Today we made our way to Petra and just as with Wadi Rum we decided to go by taxi so we asked a driver outside how much he wanted to take us there and back again and to wait for us for six hours. He said 80JD for both so 40JD each which we thought was a good price. The driver was a really nice guy who made an otherwise quite dreary ride highly enjoyable with good conversation and challenging riddles. If we had gotten four out of five correct the ride would have been free, but alas, our meagre minds only managed to solve two! He dropped us off and we entered into Petra, the ... read more
Al Khazna (Treasury)
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Street of Facades




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