Khashm aş Şawwānah

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    • Day23


      May 29 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Unsere ganz spezielle Form des Frühsports; Gleich mal ein plattes Rad wechseln - die Nachwehen der gestrigen Reifen-Tortour.

      Wir campieren auf 1600 m Höhe vor einer prächtigen Kulisse und freuen uns jetzt auf die Felsenstadt Petra. Heute Abend verbringen wir die letzte Camp-Nacht am Toten Meer. Es nähert sich somit der Zeitpunkt, an dem wir unsere Körper mal wieder in einen menschenähnlichen Zustand versetzen können... Schade, eigentlich.Read more

      Armin, du solltest einen Workshop geben: How to drive safely in the dessert. Und Konrad: Hat dir keiner ein Radio gegeben? [Manuela]


      Konrad hat seinen Klappstuhl ausgegraben😁


      Und Konrad hat IMMER etwa 16 Stehhaare.

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    • Day22

      Petra, wir kommen!

      May 28 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Es dürfte nicht allzu viele Touris geben, die mit Polizeigeleit im Konvoi nach Petra gelangen, begleitet vom Ruf des Muezins.
      Ziel war unser Nachtquartier auf 1600 Metern, ein Parkplatz mit tollem Blick und frischem Lüftchen. Und mit Ameisen.
      Morgen dann also die Felsenstadt. Stay tuned!
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    • Day4

      In der Felsenstadt Petra

      May 3 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Nach dem leckeren Frühstück im Guesthouse Hotel machten wir uns auf den Weg zu den einmaligen Sehenswürdigkeiten der einstigen Hauptstadt der Nabatäer, die vor über 2.000 Jahren in harmonischem Einklang mit der Natur geschaffen wurden. Auf dem Weg durch die steile Schlucht, den Siq, konnten wir Spuren des nabatäischen Straßenpflasters und Reste der ehemaligen Wasserleitungen sehen.
      Hin und zurück bewältigen wir ca. 15 km, was einigen doch zu schaffen machte, zumal es die Sonne mehr als gut meinte.
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    • Day189


      July 8, 2021 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      Cross off another bucket list dream . . . After being one day away from arriving in Jordan back in March 2020, COVID turned me away . . . as my flight out of Jordan was cancelled. I quickly booked a ticket to Bahrain, and was able to explore for another month before having to return to the US. But Today, Today is the day, Petra has been explored.

      Petra, a giant metropolis of tombs, monuments, and other elaborate religious structures carved into stone cliffs, was the capital of the Nabatean kingdom, a little-understood Middle Eastern culture that ruled much of modern-day Jordan from the third century B.C. until the first century A.D.
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    • Day22

      Nachtlager in Petra erreicht

      May 28 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      Am ziemlich höchsten Punkt auf ca 1600m auf einem Parkplatz Nähe der Polizei und einem Krankenhaus mit morgen hoffentlich grandioser Sicht.


      Tolle Aufnahme, geile Strecke🐫👍👍🍻

    • Day23


      May 29 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Wie starten zur Besichtigung von Petra.


      Und wenn man nicht weiterkommt, einfach die Einheimischen fragen🤣🤣😘


      Ihr findet in jedem Teil der Welt 🌍 ein Bier 🍻 👍

    • Day10

      Apr 11 - Exploring Amman

      April 11, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

      Our first full day in Jordan started with being up at 6:00 a.m. and at breakfast for 6:30 a.m. The dining area was mobbed with six busloads of other travellers who must have been on the early shift. Many of them were almost finished, so we were able to get a table quite quickly. We had to scrounge for our own cutlery as the wait staff of four was obviously overwhelmed.

      It was a cool, overcast day with a sprinkling of rain. We actually had to put on long sleeves for the first time since coming to the Middle East. The day got warmer as it progressed.

      We were all on the bus at 7:30 a.m. It’s a bus that seats 20, including the driver. There are 15 of us including the driver, so there is a bit of extra space. Doug is riding shotgun in deference to his easily-annoyed stomach. Our tour guide lady is Ruby. She is the wife of Ray’s cousin. Ray, the owner of Biblical Journeys Canada fully intended to be with us, but he slipped on ice a few weeks ago and shattered his arm. He had plates and screws put into it and is under no-fly orders from his doctor until the middle of April. Ruby is a licensed tour guide in Jordan and is very knowledgable and very patient with all of our questions about Jordan’s economy, educational system, exports, religions, geography and history.

      Amman at 7:30 a.m. is a crazy place (and I suspect many other times as well). There are cars everywhere. There are no lane markings on the road, so cars cut in and out constantly. Parking is a higgledy-piggledy affair which results in double-parked cars jutting out into the driving lanes. Being a bus driver in Amman is not a job for the faint of heart.

      Ruby gave us a running commentary. There are 25 countries in the Middle East of 22 of them are Arabic-speaking. The three that don’t are Iran (speak Persian), Turkey (speak Turkish) and Israel (speak Hebrew). Amman is built on seven hills, just like Rome so we traveled up and down and up and down along narrow, crowded streets full of impatient drivers. Amman is on the opposite end of the spectrum from Dubai in terms of cleanliness. It's is a scruffy, untidy city with a lot of litter and some rather ramshackle buildings.

      Our first stop was the Amman Citadel which is perched on the top of one of the seven hills. It is considered to be among the world's oldest continuously inhabited places. This fortress features buildings from the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods. When it was conquered by the Greeks in 331 BC, the city was renamed Philadelphia - yes, that's where the City of Brotherly Love co-opted its name. The remains of a huge temple build to Hercules is the centrepiece of the citadel. Part of the hand of Hercules is on display. The Amman Citadel is also the site of Jordan Archaeological Museum, which is home to a collection of artifacts from the Citadel and other Jordanian historic site.

      We saw a young shepherdess tending her flock of black goats on a hillside right below us there in Amman. Sure wouldn’t see that in Dubai or Toronto, or Grimsby for that matter.

      We passed the American Embassy in Amman. All around there were big signs indicating that absolutely no photos were allowed. There were armed guards and tanks everywhere. I’m pretty sure the Canadian Embassy doesn’t look like that.

      Jordan has thousands of speed bumps. They are everywhere. Apparently, people build them in front of their houses to protect their children from the traffic. If nobody rats on them, the bump remains.

      The money here is the Jordanian dinar (denoted JD) but US dollars are widely accepted. 1 JD = $1.79 CAD or $1.41 USD.

      Two more posts for today. Limited to 10 photos in each footprint. Keep reading!
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    • Day10

      Apr 11 - Madaba and Mukawir

      April 11, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Second post for today.....

      From Amman, we headed southwest. We passed some fairly good looking farm land. There are a lot of greenhouses that grow crops such as strawberries, eggplant and cauliflower. The rest of the land is basically semi-desert with lots of rocks and a few low scrub bushes and some patches of grass. We arrived in shortly in Madaba. The Madaba Mosaic Map is a map of the region dating from the 6th century and preserved in the floor of the Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George, sometimes called the "Church of the Map". With two million pieces of colored stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns in Palestine and the Nile Delta. The mosaic contains the earliest extant representation of Byzantine Jerusalem, labeled the "Holy City." The map provides important details about its 6th-century landmarks, with the cardo, or central colonnaded street, and the church of the Holy Sepulchre clearly visible. This map is one key in developing scholarly knowledge about the physical layout of Jerusalem after its destruction and rebuilding in 70 AD.

      On the road again, this time winding our way up and down narrow roads to Mukawir to see Machaerus which is a fortified hilltop palace located in Jordan 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the mouth of the Jordan river on the eastern side of the Dead Sea. According to Flavius Josephus, it is the location of the imprisonment and execution by beheading of John the Baptist. According to the chronology of the Bible (Mark 6:24; Matthew 14:8), this infamous execution took place in 32 AD shortly before the Passover, following an imprisonment of two years. The site also provides the setting for four additional New Testament characters: Herod the Great; his son, Tetrarch Herod Antipas; his second wife, Princess Herodias, and her daughter, Princess Salome.

      Along the way today, we have checked out some pretty sketchy washrooms. "Be prepared!" is now my mantra when entering the facilities in Jordan.

      We had tea/coffee, and hit the road again, this time heading to Umm Ar-Rasas. See next footprint for today.
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    • Day10

      Apr 11 - Umm Ar-Rasas

      April 11, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      Third post for today......

      We arrived eventually at Umm Ar-Rasas. In 2004, the site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is valued by archaeologists for its extensive ruins dating to the Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim periods. The most important discovery on the site was the mosaic floor of the Church of St Stephen. It was made in 785 (discovered after 1986). The perfectly preserved mosaic floor is the largest one in Jordan. On the central panel, hunting and fishing scenes are depicted, while another panel illustrates the most important cities of the region- 27 cities in the Holy Land, 9 cities on the East Bank of the Jordan, 8 on the West Bank and 10 Egyptian cities. The frame of the mosaic is especially decorative - it looks like a giant Turkish carpet. Another four churches were excavated nearby with traces of mosaic decoration. The colours in the mosaics are just as vibrant today as when they were made in the 8th century. We are going to be watching a mosaic-making demonstration later in the week.

      We finally stopped in mid-afternoon for lunch. Ruby called in our order ahead of time so it was ready for us when we arrived. The late lunch is a result of Ruby's having to juggle the schedule because the Dead Sea Marathon is going to be closing roads later in the week.

      After another couple of hours of driving, we arrived in the town of Petra. Our hotel is perched on the side of a cliff and comprises two separate buildings with the lobby located on the top level. To get to our rooms, we had to go down one set of elevators, then go down a long corridor to another set of elevators and then go down 8 floors. We had a nice buffet dinner and headed back to our rooms to recharge for tomorrow. To beat the crowds, we are going to be on the bus at 7:15 a.m. and at Petra by 7:30 a.m. This will be our second World Heritage Site of this tour.
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