Jordan
Jordan

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  • Day20

    Petra

    July 19, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    A full day walk around the ancient city of Petra, carved into rock around 300BC. We met our guide, Hamsa, at 8.30am, returning to the hotel at 3pm.

    Tickets to Petra vary whether you spend a night in the area (50JD = $100ea), or just visit on a day trip (popular with the cruise ships that dock in Aquaba on the Red Sea, 90JD = $180).

    We took the road less travelled today, leaving the main path not far from the entrance and climbing to the cliff top opposite The Treasury, the most iconic and best preserved building in Petra.

    From there we crossed the valley to the Obelisk and High Place of Sacrifice (finding a cache at both locations ☺), then descended into the valley to see The Treasury and Siq at ground level, before the long, hot walk out.

    We had a welcome swim in the hotel pool, had booked in for a Turkish Bath and massage, but no one was at the centre when we arrived, so grabbed a pizza and headed back for an early night.
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  • Day15

    Petra

    December 20, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Today we visited the Petra National Park area which holds the 2nd wonder of the world called the Treasury. This area is over 2000 years old and was built by the Nabataean people and the area we explored was the capital city for that group of people. All the caves were used as tombs and burial chambers. It was a fantastic site and had some great views.Read more

  • Day18

    The Baptism site on the Jordan Side

    December 23, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Today our first stop on the way to Amman was the real baptism site of Jesus. This site has had visits by all three of the recent popes and they have declared that it the true site of Jesus’ baptism. It was special to come here because I was lucky enough to be baptised on the Israeli side so being able to relive that here was fantastic. On this site there is 5 churches all of a different faith.Read more

  • Day14

    Jordan

    December 19, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We have finally made it to Jordan! On the way our tour guide taught us a lot about Jordan’s history and government. We tried their local cuisine called Mansaf which is lamb cooked in yoghurt with a flavoured rice. It was really nice but the meal was huge. In Petra we are staying at the Movenpick which is a 5 star hotel just outside the gates of Petra.Read more

  • Day16

    Madaba

    December 21, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Today the first place we stopped on our way to the Dead Sea was Madaba. It is home to the oldest mosaics in the world. We visited St George’s Church which is a Greek Orthodox Church. In this church it has the a mosaic of the Holy Land which is the oldest in the world.

  • Day16

    Dead Sea

    December 21, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We have arrived at our hotel for the next two nights. It’s called the Dead Sea Holiday Inn and it’s 5 Star. We went and did what everyone does in this part mudded up and floated in the Dead Sea. It was an amazing feeling because you couldn’t sink. The Dead Sea is 33% salt which is 10 times saltier then all of the oceans.Read more

  • Day18

    Mount Nebo

    December 23, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Our second stop on the way to Amman was Mount Nebo. This is where Moses stood and viewed the promise land where his people would go and live. He was not allowed to go though because he had disobeyed what god told him to do so his punishment was not being able to go to the promise land. It is believed he was buried on Mount Nebo but then aren’t sure where. The church is owned by the Fransican Order and has been revamped to show off the beautiful mosaics.Read more

  • Day19

    Amman

    December 24, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We stayed here for two nights. It was fun exploring Amman and seeing the culture of the place. We went and visited Rainbow Street which is their dining and shopping street although most places were closed. We also went and found Zalatimo’s which is an arabic sweet shop.

  • Day18

    Arrival in Jordan

    July 17, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Our first view of Jordan couldn't have been in greater contrast to Rwanda - not a hill or blade of grass in sight!

    We were met before immigration by a rep from the Jordanian agent we booked through, and were expedited through the "Jordanian" queue with a free visa - getting it in Australia was going to cost us $400 each, or buying it on arrival was $80 each, but as we used a registered Jordanian agent, he arranged it for free.

    He handed us over to Abed, our driver for the next 5 days and we headed towards Madaba, 30 minutes from the airport. On the way out of the airport we were stopped by a police patrol. "If he asks, this is a free hotel shuttle service" Abed briefed us as we stopped. Turns out one of the senior politicians owns the taxi company, and he doesn't like anyone else getting paid to pick up people from the airport, so the police do his dirty work. Ah, that's so Congo...!!

    We stopped for a Turkish coffee from a roadside stall on the way, then straight to Madaba on a very quiet road. The roadside was dusty and barren, with piles of rubbish everywhere. Madaba is south of the capital Amman and is best known for the 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Made of two million pieces of coloured local stone, it is believed to be the earlist map of the villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta.

    After checking into our hotel, we went for a walk to the town centre and located the Church of St George. We'd just finished taking photos of the mosaic when a lady appeared and asked for our ticket, which we were apparently meant to buy from the gift shop before entering. Clearly no need for that now ☺.

    We then visited the Archaeological Park and Museum, which has the remains of several 6th century Byzantine churches and homes, even more impressive than the church. The guide also took us to a mosaic workshop where they are keeping the art alive, before we grabbed a drink and some pizza for tea on the way back to our hotel for a swim.

    Early night, ready for our bike ride tomorrow.

    Stayed: Mariam Hotel, Madaba
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  • Day22

    North of Amman

    July 21, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Buffet breakfast at the hotel, followed by 8.30am pick-up for our trip north. We started at the village of Rasun where we met our guide for a walk through Ajloun Forest Reserve. In this park they revere their olive trees, and even have a museum in town to celebrate their 1000+ year old trees. The park also contains Roman era caves and pits used for grape pressing.

    We went to a local house for lunch, another feast of local dishes, including purslane (cooked like spinach).

    After lunch we visited Ajloun Castle, a 12th Century Muslim castle on top of the tallest hill in the region. It is a moated castle with 7 towers to allow the inhabitants to see invading forces.

    After leaving Ajloun we headed to Jerash, a city occupied since 2000BC, now most famous for it's Roman era ruins.

    We arrived back in Amman around 4.30pm, stopping on the way for a date syrup drink from a roadside vendor (3 cups for 1JD = $2).

    Around 7pm we went in search of dinner. We walked back towards the city centre to find the streets abuzz, with many shops still open and the street sellers starting to set up their stalls. We had a local burger each, chips and a drink (3JD = $6 in total). On the way back to the hotel we visited the bakery for dessert, and the supermarket for some drinks for tomorrow.

    Stayed: Toledo Hotel, Amman
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