Jordan
Balqa

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  • Day2

    The lowest land point in the world

    October 9, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    On the way to the north-east shore of the Dead Sea. Ours is the Kempynski Ishtar Hotel, among a cluster of luxury hotels in the hotel zone on the Jordan side of the Dead Sea. Today a red haze is enveloping the whole of the Dead Sea.

  • 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

  • Day19

    Bike ride and Dead Sea

    July 18, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 31 °C

    After breakfast in the hotel restaurant, Abed picked us up at 8am and headed to Mt Nebo, only a few minutes from Madaba.

    Mt Nebo is, according to the Old Testament, where Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. On a clear day you can see Jericho and Jerusalem (that wasn't today), but we did see some more mosaics by early pilgrims which have been excavated and preserved.

    We met our cycling guide, Anas, in the nearby town at 9am and began our journey toward the Dead Sea. He was a member of the Jordanian Road Cycling team for 9 years so we were in good hands. The ride was 55km, and wasn't as easy as we'd been expecting, with many hilly sections and a bit of off-roading between the farms. Fortunately, we had a support vehicle follow us the whole way, so Oliver took advantage of getting a lift for a few kilometres of the steepest section.

    We arrived at Mukawir and went to a local family house for lunch. We had the traditional welcome coffee, followed by sweet black tea with fresh mint, then a delicious meal of chicken with rice and vegetables. Everthing we ate, except the rice, was grown by the family. This was regarded as a small family, with only 6 children - our host's brother has 24 children to 2 wives (Jordanian men can take up to 4 wives simultaneously, who each live in a separate house).

    After lunch we drove to the Dead Sea coast via the Mujib Nature Reserve, a green area on the map, but no green to be seen in real life. It was like a lunar landscape, barely a tree or bush in sight, but with spectacular mountain views and a steep, windy descent to the Dead Sea, 400m below sea level.

    All the "public" beaches are behind the hotels, so you have to pay to access them. Being so hot (it hit 43° later in the day), the hotel was fairly empty, save a few hardy souls swimming in the luke warm hotel pool. The beach was even more deserted, so we had our 10 minute float in the saline, oily waters, then caked a bit of (supposedly) therapeutic mud, before rinsing off in the warm outdoor shower and headed back to the air conditioned car quite hot and unrefreshed!

    We had a 3 hour drive to Petra for the night, but we extended that by an hour to take the scenic route via the Dana Biosphere.

    We arrived at Petra at 8pm, a quick shower to freshen up, and headed out for something to eat. It's a proper tourist town (the main street isn't called Tourism Street for nothing!), so everything is quite expensive, but we managed a shawarma (like yiros, but thinner bread and no salad), and a juice each for $40!
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  • Day115

    Mer morte

    November 27, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Descente de Madaba vers la Mer Morte, en passant par Machéronte où se serait situé le palais de Hérode. Le promontoire est inaccessible, il ne devait pas avoir souvent de la visite (de toute façon il n'a pas laissé le souvenir d'un mec sympa). Séance de flottaison rigolote dans la Mer Morte. Impossible de couler, même debout dans l'eau ! Test des vertus de la boue pour la peau : ça pique, ca sent bizarre, mais pas vu de miracle.Read more

  • Day22

    Jordan River Baptism Site

    April 26, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    The Jordan River is the natural boundary separating Israel and Jordan.
    Jordan boasts this spot as the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. It fits in with the biblical account so it may have been this place.
    The river is greatly reduced in water flow due to damming of the river and water being piped out at spots further up.
    There was a church built here, and 4 other ones close by.
    Had our Breaking of Bread meeting here.
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  • Day9

    Auf zum letzten Abenteuer... Zum Toten M

    November 5, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    09.00 Uhr.... Der Bus war pünktlich und es ging 5 Stunden lang mit 2 Stopps zum Toten Meer. Beim 1. Stopp gab uns Maha den Tipp, bei Bedarf jetzt noch Produkte vom Toten Meer zu kaufen, weil sie vor Ort viel teurer sein werden. Gesagt, getan. Der Verkäufer Mustapha war kompromissbereit und ich konnte sogar auf englisch mit ihm verhandeln. Plötzlich fasste er mich an die Hand und meinte zu Holger :"hübsch"! Holger : "Ich weiß, is me!" 😄✌️ Und was macht Mustapha? Er nimmt ein Tuch und "versteckt" mich 😎😄😄
    Kurz vor Fahrtende kamen wir zum Punkt 0, ab da ging es ca 400 Meter unter den Meeresspiegel bis zum Toten Meer. Nach den üblichen Formalitäten konnten wir unsere Zimmer beziehen. Und wir hatten Glück... Mir wohnen im Village, sozusagen in dem Dorf in der Anlage. Man kann die Häuser gar nicht beschreiben... Man muss das sehen!!! Wunderschön 👌👌
    Natürlich mussten wir zuerst zum Strand.... Maha erklärte uns vorher, dass der Meeresspiegel jedes Jahre ca. 1,10 m sinkt.... Als die Hotelanlage gebaut wurde, war es direkt am Meer.... jetzt muss man 105 Stufen dorthin laufen. Wir also diese Stufen runter zum Meer.... Und uns war die Enttäuschung anzusehen.... Wir hatten uns das echt anders vorgestellt... Aber nicht mit eingezäuntem Badeabschnitt. Na ja, wir gehen ja morgen noch einmal hierher und werden dann alles im Tageslicht sehen. Da wir noch 1 Stunde Zeit bis zum Abendessen hatten, testeten wir den Pub, wo happy hour war. Und was sollen wir sagen.... So nach und nach trudelte die halbe German-Group dort ein, auch Petra und Ulli 🤗 Als wir dann gegen 19 Uhr beim Essen waren, war es für Holger und mich echt ganz schlimm.... Wir wissen schon, warum wir im Urlaub keine Hotels und schon gar nicht all inclusiv mögen.... Soooo viele Leute, soooo ein Lärm...... 🤯🤪 Und zum 1. Mal musste ich leider sagen, dass es nicht sonderlich gut geschmeckt hatte.
    Anschließend trafen wir uns noch mit Fritz und Wilma (Winters) und Ulli und Petra auf ein Weinchen/Bierchen/Wässerchen und Bauchtanz.
    Morgen wird ein fauler Tag 🤗🤭
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  • Day2

    Obelisk Restaurant, Kempynski Ishtar

    October 9, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    It's buffet food, but it's really well done. A lot of Middle Eastern cuisine, which Laura, Dee Ann and I love. After the bad food on the plane this was very nice

You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at al Balqā’, Muhafazat al Balqa', Balqa, محافظة البلقاء

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