Jordan
Amman

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  • Day21

    Afternoon in Amman

    July 20, 2017 in Jordan

    We left Petra at 10.30am for the drive to Amman on the Desert Highway. The name is quite descriptive, a couple of small towns where the speed humps force you to slow down to about 60kph, but apart from that, nothing but sand and trucks (and the occasional flock of sheep and goats being herded across the road).

    First stop in Amman was the Blue Mosque - it probably has a proper name, but it's massive blue dome is a focal point in the city. We both had to robe up for the the visit, which was self guided.

    We then made the short drive to the Citadel, an ancient site on top of the largest hill, affording 360° views of the city. Entrance fee was 3JD each ($6) and 25JD ($50) for the optional guided tour - our driver had already advised against taking the (very persistent) offer of a guide - there is ample signage to make sense of everything without a guide.

    Abed then dropped us downtown for a 2km walk back to the hotel via the city centre. Given the traffic it was probably quicker to walk, and it was a great way to experience the buzz and noise of the city on a "Friday" night (the weekend here is Fri and Sat).

    After a fresh juice and some shopping in the main street we stopped at Jerusalem Restaurant for tea, grabbed a quick cache on the way home, then had a pleasant walk back to the hotel, arriving at dusk.
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  • Day11

    Jordan

    October 17, 2017 in Jordan

    What an eventful day! It started at 3am this morning when we were roused from our sleep by a wake-up call so that we could be on the bus at 5am for our journey to Cairo's airport. Our flight to Amman, Jordan departed at 9.15am so we had plenty of time to get through the four security check points & two pat downs before we boarded the plane (with plain clothes security guards) for the 1.5 hour flight. In hindsight, this should have been our first red flag on how strict Jordan is on those visiting the country...
    We arrived safely at just after 9.30am local time & proceeded through customs (& more security check points) to the baggage carousel. Now the fun begins....Pauly's bag, along with a number of other tour members' luggage did not arrive on the carousel.... After discussions with Jordanian Security Forces, the bags were located but further inspection & questioning was required...Almost 3 hours later, & after segregation & questioning (via translator), Pauly was freed to us with his secured contraband item, for which a refundable fee of $54JD ($115AUD) was required. We have been told that the fee will be refunded to us at the Israeli border on Thursday, upon which our binoculars shall also be freed from their secure, plastic prison 😂...Second lesson learnt on this trip - don't carry binoculars into Jordan; ever!
    After all of the excitement at the airport, we were then on our way to the hotel (beautiful, by the way) before heading out to the ancient Amman Citadel (built around the time of Alexander the Great). Most of the buildings still visible at the site are from the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods. The major buildings at the site are the Temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and the Umayyad Palace. This stop also provided incredible picture opportunities of the beautiful city of Amman.
    By the time we finished & had navigated our way back through traffic to the hotel (imagine traffic being slightly less crazy than Cairo, but a whole lot more scary! - I am not sure that driving tests are compulsory in Jordan, before being issued a licence...), we were well & truly worn out & enjoyed an early night with dinner in bed at our beautiful accommodation - Olive Tree Hotel.
    Tomorrow we meet the Australian Ambassador to Jordan & Jordanian dignataries for a wreath laying ceremony at Es Salt before we board a restored WWI steam train, from Amman's famous Hejaz Station, for a journey to Zizah Station, where a very important event occured in relation to the Middle East campaign in WWI...
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  • Day12

    Jordan

    October 18, 2017 in Jordan

    After a wonderful 8 hour sleep at our hotel in Amman, we awoke refreshed & ready for another big day. We had a special tour organised for us in the morning on a steam train from Amman's Hedjaz Station to Zizah Station, the latter of which was significant for our Light Horse troops in WWI, as it was here where they helped protect the Turks in the region against the Bedouin tribes who would have slaughtered them if they surrendered to the Aussies. The incident was known as the Zizah Farce.
    We were extremely privilaged to have been given the opportunity to ride on this train as it is very rare that it operates. Needless to say we drew crowds of locals who greeted us all with with lots of curiosity, smiles & waves. We saw many things of interest whilst on the one hour journey, including the old city's viaduct (from Roman times) & Bedouin communities in the arid countryside.
    After lunch we took a special journey to Es Salt's Turkish Memorial where we held a special wreath laying ceremony in honour of the fallen Turkish troops who battled here in 1918. The grounds of the memorial site contained a cave that was discovered in 1953 that held the bodies of 300 Turkish soldiers. It had been beautifully restored & made for a poignant display. We were privileged to have Colonel Christopher Buxton from the Australian Defence Attache in attendance, as well as the Turkish Ambassador to Jordan, the latter of whom was deeply moved, as this was the first time any Australian group had honoroured the fallen Turkish soldiers here. It was a very special moment that we were able to share in.
    As an added bonus today, we witnessed a police motorcade escorting Australia's Govenor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, from the airport - he had just arrived in Amman for trade talks. Our group leaders, & the Consulate staff had tried in vain to have him join us, but unfortunately his time was limited. Apparantly, he was most upset at the missed opportunity.
    We are off to Israel tomorrow where we should be at the border crossing by 9.30am; then the fun will begin again for Pauly & those dastardly binoculars....
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  • Day1

    Welcome to Jordan !

    December 24, 2016 in Jordan

    "Smile! Relax!" Nous sommes accueillis par un agent de la douane tout sourire. Papa, Maman et Max obtiennent leur visa tranquillement et descendent chercher les bagages, et quand vient mon tour c'est le drame... il semblerait que j'ai un homonyme qui ait fait le souk en Jordanie. 20 minutes d'attente et de stress plus tard je récupère mon passeport et peux enfin rejoindre tout le monde!

    Mis à part cette mésaventure vite oubliée, nous avons fait bon voyage et en profitons pour vous souaiter un très joyeux Noël !Read more

  • Day3

    Amman

    December 26, 2016 in Jordan

    Nous commençons ce deuxième jour par la visite de la vieille ville d'Amman : un grand amphithéâtre là encore parfaitement conservé puis nous montons à la citadelle, superposition de ruines de différentes époques : grottes préhistoriques, temple grec dédié à Hercules, mosquée, église byzantine...
    Avec en prime une jolie vue sur la ville bâtie à flanc de collines.

  • Day8

    Hazafelé

    November 8, 2017 in Jordan

    Csak-csak eljött az utolsó nap.Kicsit szorongtunk, hogy a Ryanair hajnali busza felszed-e minket az Um-Rash-Rash emlékmű előtt-maroknyi magyar csoport leste a buszokat.Végül pontosan 5.10-kor elindultunk és a kietlen Negev sivatagon át megtéve kb 350 km-t 10 után beértünk a reptérre.Érdekes, hogy nem dobatták ki a nagyobb üveg vizet, yoghurtot;konkrétan rá se hederítettek.Még egy utolsó reggeli a “hazaiból’, majd beszállás...Read more

  • Day9

    The mission for today was to navigate our way to the tour group in Amman, Jordan. Amman is the capital of Jordan and its largest city. The tour is being run by Biblical Journeys Canada, a company with whom I have travelled twice previously. Bob, once again, graciously ferried us across Dubai to the airport which is a navigation minefield with all the construction that is underway. We got checked in and then hiked 20 minutes to our departure gate. Doug noticed that there are no overhead squawking announcements - you know the ones that can't be understood - looking for tardy passengers or changing gate locations. I wondered if it's because such announcements would disturb the Muslim prayers that take place 5 times per day. The airport is spotlessly clean, just like the malls, with cleaners every where. We resisted the urge to buy high end electronics, expensive perfumes or sparkly jewelry while we waited. The flight left on time and it was a smooth ride. I watched "The Greatest Showman" - the story of P.T. Barnum. It's an interesting story but you have to wade through a lot of singing and dancing to get to the meat of the story.

    After a flight of 2,022 km, we arrived in Amman, Jordan at 5:00 p.m. local time - we gained an hour because we crossed into another time zone. There was a representative there from NET (Near East Tours) with which Biblical Journeys Canada is associated. He scurried us through passport control rather than having us wait in the long regular lineup. Because we checked in nice and early in Dubai, our luggage was amongst the last to come off the conveyor belt. The NET representative rustled up our driver and off we all headed to Amman. He jumped out halfway to look after other clients and left us in Ahmed's capable hands.

    Our first impression of Jordan is that it is much greener than Dubai - in fact it gets about 3 times as much rain as Dubai. There are trees and shrubs and grass almost everywhere and they don't appear to be surviving solely because of intensive irrigation. We were tickled to see goats grazing among the olive trees in a grove, and then two camels tied to a fence beside a rough tent and then sheep munching the grass on one of the many soft, rolling hills. Then we saw an enormous IKEA warehouse. Talk about blending the old and the new ways of life. The tallest building that we saw was a great, whopping 10 stories. Most buildings are quite simple and are about 4-6 stories high. What a huge difference from Dubai where taller/bigger/more impressive is the order of the day.

    Ahmed safely delivered us to our hotel. Oddly enough, our baggage had to be scanned before we could go into the hotel, but our knapsacks didn't have to be scanned. Huh?? While we got checked in, I realized that the cluster of people near us was our tour group.

    Our traveling companions for the next 10 days will be: Paul and Cathy Jones, Fr. Paul Bossi, Frances and Ron Robertson, Rod McQuillan, Sharon Noland, Marilyn Shaw, Dee Murphy, Toni Brown, Lynne Skowronski, George Riedel.

    Frances and I met in our first week of university in 1972. Marilyn and I had the pleasure of traveling together to the Holy Land last year.

    We got cleaned up and joined the rest of the group for a lovely buffet dinner. The only disappointment - you have to pay for water! Huh?? We skipped the water. We have a 6:00 a.m. wake up call tomorrow, with breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and departure at 7:30 a.m. We will be exploring Amman and then heading to Petra tomorrow.

    Here's some information about Jordan, once again shamelessly pirated from Wikipedia:

    Jordan, officially The Hashemite Kingdom (Hashemite is the name of the royal family) of Jordan is a sovereign Arab state in western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, Israel and Palestine to the west. The Dead Sea lies along its western borders and the country has a small shoreline on the Red Sea in its extreme south-west, but is otherwise landlocked. It has just one port - Aqaba on the Red Sea. Aqaba is a popular vacation spot for Jordanians because of its water access. Jordan is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. The capital, Amman (population 1.35 million), is Jordan's most populous city as well as the country's economic, political and cultural centre.

    The official language of Jordan is Arabic (no prepronderance of English here as we saw in Dubai). Arabs make up 98% of the population 1% Circassians and 1% Armenians. 95% of the population follows Islam with 4% Christianity and 1% the Bahai faith. The 2017 population of Jordan is just over 10 million. It was established as an emirate in 1921 and gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1946 and established its own constitution in 1952. Its monarch is Abdullah II and its Prime Minister is Hani Al-Mulki. The country is a constitutional monarchy, but the king holds wide executive and legislative powers.

    Jordan remains to be considered as among the safest of countries in the Middle East, even after the deteriorating situation of the region following the Arab spring in 2010s. Jordan prides itself on being an "oasis of stability" in a turbulent region. In the midst of surrounding turmoil, it has been greatly hospitable, accepting refugees from almost all surrounding conflicts as early as 1948. An estimated 2.1 million Palestinian and 1.4 million Syrian refugees are present. The kingdom is also a refuge to thousands of Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution by ISIL. While Jordan continues to accept refugees, the recent large influx from Syria has placed substantial strain on national resources and infrastructure.

    The tourism sector is considered a cornerstone of the economy, being a large source of employment, hard currency and economic growth.
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  • Day11

    Heat and red tape

    September 3, 2017 in Jordan

    We crept out of Gil and Mira's at 7.15 and caught a cab to the Jerusalem Gateway Hotel, the pickup point for our next big adventure - the trip to Jordan. The bus arrived bang on time, and after we'd collected passengers from several other hotels the bus headed off towards the Jordan River Border Crossing. What happened next was nothing if not amusing. Our first stop was an Israeli checkpoint which, we later discovered, was a good 5km before the border. We can't remember the exact sequence, but know that we had to go through at least four other checkpoints, most of which involved us in getting off the bus we were on, claiming our baggage and transferring to a different bus. All told, we reckon we were on and off four different buses, though one of our fellow passengers was certain it was at least five.

    On one of these occasions the driver demanded payment of five Jordanian dinars from each of us, gave us official-looking receipts and drove us, literally, no more than 200 metres. We lost count of the numbeer of times we had to show our passports, but it must have been at least ten. The best bit was when we had to line up at a cashier's booth (sadly, I think it was on the Israeli side of the border), where there was a real free-for-all of a queue with much shouting, mainly on the part of our driver of the moment, who very clearly was looking after our interests.

    Before leaving home, we'd been told that we needed to pay around $US50 per head in folding money as we exited
    Israel. With the driver yelling at the cashier, it seemed that each passenger ahead of us in the line was being charged a different amount. When our turn came, we handed over the two $US50 notes, whereupon the driver started arguing with the girl in Hebrew, while turning in our direction from time to time and winking. She reluctantly handed us back $US15, after which he continued to argue until she gave us a further bundle of dinar notes. With all the carry-on one would think that Israel and Jordan were sworn enemies rather than supposedly close allies. While the place looked to be formal and official there's no doubt that the negotiations were more like what one finds in a Middle-Eastern market.

    Eventually, we got through all the official stuff, and finished up on a 15 seat mini-bus with eight of us on board, the other six all being very friendly Americans. Our Jordanian guide, Sam, who has been doing the job for 26 years, proved to be very knowledgeable and friendly. Once he'd introduced himself we were off, along some steep, windy and scenic roads in the direction of the ancient city of Jerash. It's a massive site, with a continuous history dating from the bronze age through to today. It is best known for its spectacular Roman ruins and is widely acknowledged as one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. To quote from the guide map, "...it comprises paved and colonnaded streets,, soaring hill-top temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares nd plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.

    Very impressive, but boy, was it hot! There wasn't a lot of shade, though Sam did his best to allow us to rest in the shade whenever we stopped for him to explain something to us. To a varying extent all of us in the tour group overdid it. Heroically, Brian walked almost to the far extremity of the site, and definitely pushed himself hard. We were the oldest members of the group, and both of us were proud of our efforts alongside the others.

    We then headed back for the 90 minute drive to Amman where our mini-bus driver took us on a comprehensive tour of the capital. We were shown some of the major vistas and other tourist attractions, after which we were dropped off at the Liwan Hotel, a clean and spacious 3-star establishment.

    When Brian asked our guide whether Petra is likely to be any less challenging he was non-committal, beyond emphasising that we need to wear strong walking shoes. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
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  • Day2

    König-Abdullah-Moschee

    April 28, 2013 in Jordan

    Sonntag früh startet dann unser Abenteuer Heiliges Land:

    Vor einem Jahr noch undenkbar, steckt der Hase - ehe er sich versieht - in einem schwarzen Sack und steht bei strahlendem Sonnenschein vor der König-Abdullah-Moschee in Amman. :-)

    Die König-Abdullah-Moschee ist ein moderner Bau. 1989 vollendet, gilt sie als eine der schönsten modernen Moscheen des Nahen Ostens. Direkt gegenüber der Moschee ist das Kreuz der koptischen Kirche zu sehen, dem wir hier im Heiligen Land in den nächsten 2 Wochen noch häufiger begegnen werden.

    An die König-Abdullah-Moschee angeschlossen ist das Islamische Museum, durch das wir kurz durchbummeln. Berühmte Moscheen sind hier als Modell ausgestellt... Zwei davon werden wir vermutlich niemals in echt bewundern dürfen - Mekka und Medina sind ausschließlich Muslimen vorbehalten - und auch wenn wir den Felsendom noch sehen werden, so dürfen wir ihn doch leider nicht von innen besichtigen.
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  • Day2

    Zitadelle von Amman

    April 28, 2013 in Jordan

    Unser nächstes Ziel ist die Zitadelle von Amman. Als Rabbath-Ammon wurde Amman einst von den Ammonitern auf 7 Hügeln gegründet. Von Alexander, dem Großen, erobert, wurde die Stadt in Philadelphia umbenannt. Lange gehörte sie zur Dekapolis.

    Die Zitadelle liegt auf dem Hügel Qala und bietet einen herrlichen Ausblick über die Stadt. Das römische Theater ist ebenso zu sehen, wie das Odeon, das gerade restauriert wird.

    Ein paar Dinge werden uns schon hier bei unserem ersten Ausflug klar: Mahmut hat
    1. ein Faible für jegliche Art von Wasserversorgung... :-)
    2. überhaupt keinen Blick für Fotos oder Motive... :-)
    ...und er kann es 3. überhaupt nicht leiden, wenn man ihm nicht zuhört... :-))))

    Die Säulenreste, die hier zu sehen sind, gehören zu einem (angeblichen) Herkules-Tempel, der im 2 Jhdt. entstand. Drei Säulen des Tempels stehen noch aufrecht. Bereits bei den Ammonitern gab es an dieser Stelle im 9. Jhdt. vor Christi eine Kultstätte, die dem Gott Milkom geweiht war.

    Oben thront ein Qasr, ein Palast aus der Omayadenzeit, der uns begeistert. Einige der Säulen und Steine stammen aus dem Herkulestempel, der beim Bau offensichtlich als Steinbruch diente. Neben dem Qasr ist noch das Hammam zu bewundern.

    Wir durchstreifen die Überreste des ehemaligen Omayaden-Palastes auf der Zitadelle.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Amman Governorate, Amman, محافظة عمّان

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