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  • Day142

    Mit dem Auto unterwegs - Das Tote Meer

    January 22 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Nach so viel Geschichte war es an der Zeit für eine Abkühlung und wenn wir schonmal in Jordanien sind wollten wir doch wenigstens einmal im Toten Meer, am tiefsten Punkt der Erde, schwimmen gehen. Eigentlich wurde uns mehrfach empfohlen doch zwei Tage Wellness in einem der Resorts dort zu machen, aber da 14°C Außentemperatur nicht wirklich nach Badeurlaub schreien, dachten wir uns ein Tagestrip würde auch ausreichen...
    Unser Low-Budget-Wellness-Urlaub sah also vor so lange den Deadsea-Highway entlang zu fahren bis wir eine Stelle finden, wo man umsonst ans Wasser kommt - Wer sucht der findet, unser "Privatstrand" und entgegen aller Befürchtungen sogar erstaunlich sauber hier! Zugegeben als wir aus dem Auto stiegen, war ich in Gedanken immer noch mit den heißen Ma'in Quellen am spielen, doch da Christoph wild entschlossen war baden zu gehen begleitete ich ihn. Unten am Ufer angekommen stellte sich das Wasser als angenehm warm heraus und als Christoph völlig begeistert im Wasser herumplanschte, überzeugte er mich auch schwimmen zu gehen. Es hat sich sooo gelohnt! Wir dachten beide immer "Jaja im Salzwasser hat man mehr Auftrieb als Süßwasser - schon klar!", aber damit hatten wir nicht gerechnet. Man treibt im Wasser wie ein Korken und es ist unmöglich unterzugehen. Normales Brustschwimmen wird sogar zur Challenge, da die Beine so viel Auftrieb haben, dass man schnell mal eine Rolle vorwärts macht :D Es ist einfach nur genial und fühlt sich so witzig an, dass ich mich 10 Minuten lang gar nicht mehr einbekommen habe vor lachen 😂
    Abgerundet wurde unser eintägiger Low-Budget-Wellness-Urlaub mit einem gratis Meersalzpeeling auf dem Weg nach Hause, da unser "Privatstrand" natürlich keine Dusche hatte...
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  • Day16


    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.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

  • 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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  • Day3

    Petra, Dead Sea and Mount Nebo

    November 21, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    We wanted to see the sunrise so we got up at 05:30 to be there when the gate opens. The first stop was at the treasury, but we didn't stay long because we wanted to get a better view. So we hiked up to a lookout for about an hour and got there just before the sun touched these ancient stones. From there it was a strenuous walk of 6km to the Monastery. An even larger structure but without the details. Overall less impressive but very picturesque.
    By 12 we were back in the car park after another stop at the treasury and a - crazy overpriced - local Jordanian beer called Petra with the slogan: 'When in Petra, drink Petra'. The only thing we couldn't do was the High Place of Sacrifice trail leading through an oasis because we didn't have time. Initially we had planned to go to Mini Petra on our way to the Dead Sea but decided not to after we've been hiking for 6 hours in the heat.
    Just as we got out of Wadi Musa I stopped to take two hitchhikers with me that had a Dead Sea sign holding up. They happened to be a couple living in Switzerland, Marianna and Sebastién. She's Mexican and he's French. They were super nice people and we enjoyed the time driving with them even though I ended up on a super bad road. Steep climbs and descends, potholes and even partly washed out streets. It got better after about an hour and we arrived at the dead sea and the Lowest Point on Earth Museum. It definitely sounded more interesting than it was but it was included in the Jordan Pass.
    Then we dropped the couple off on the Dead Sea and drove on to Mount Nebo where Moses saw, according to the Bible, the promised land for the first time. We just had half an hour left before it closed so we walked quite quickly through. But it had its upside, the place was almost empty and we saw a beautiful sunset...
    We spent the night in Madaba because it was a lot cheaper than the stays near the Dead Sea. And we got lucky to meet some locals who invited us for tea and some fun conversations.
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  • Day1

    Madaba, Jordan

    April 5, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Left Newcastle on Thursday pm after work. Good flight - struck it Lucky - happy hour free drinks, free Wifi in the air, add great sunset!
    Flight to Abu Dhabi was good, but long!
    Then on to Amman and up to Magaba to stay the night. Very nice people!Read more

  • Day114

    Madaba - Mont Nébo

    November 26, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Journée à Madaba. Ici la spécialité c'est la mosaïque : animaux, scènes mythologiques, et même une carte de la Palestine (moyennement fiable). Nous montons dans le clocher de l'Eglise St Jean Baptiste en se faufilant entre les cloches pour admirer la vue sur la ville, avant de se rendre au mont Nebo où Moïse se serait arrêté, ne pouvant entrer sur la Terre Promise. Alors que nous cherchons un endroit d'où admirer le coucher de soleil, des Jordaniens nous proposent de partager du thé et des brochettes.Read more

  • Day14

    Madaba, die Mosaikstadt

    April 1, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    In dieser Stadt gibt es das älteste Mosaik von ganz Jordanien zu sehen. 2. JH. nach Christus. Direkt neben unserem Hotel die St. George's Kirche mit einem einzigartigen Fußbodenmosaik, das eine Karte des Jordaniens der alten Welt inkl. Mittelmeer und Nildelta zeigt. Im Zentrum der Karte ist die Stadt Jerusalem zu sehen. 600 n. Chr.Read more

  • Day20

    Mt Nebo

    April 24, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    The place where Moses was told to go to view the Promised Land. He died on the Mt, but his burial site is unknown.
    You can see the Dead Sea, Jericho, Jerusalem and Amman. It was a bit hazy but you could make it out.
    There is a memorial to Moses, a dipiction of the brazen serpent on the pole, and a church there.
    The church has a well preserved mosiac floor depicting animals. It was deliberately covered with another mosaic to preserve it from the Iconistic movement that removed the faces of any statutes or mosaics during that time.
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  • Day20


    April 24, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Herod had a palace high in the hills overlooking the Dead Sea in
    Machaerus. This was where he was entertaining when Salome danced for him and he offered her anything up to half of the Kingdom. She consulted with her mother and because she was discontent with John the Baptist for condemning her marriage to Herod she told daughter to ask for his head on a platter. As John was imprisoned there at the time Herod had no choice but to grant her wish and John was beheaded.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at Ma’dabā, Muhafazat Ma'daba, Madaba, محافظة مأدبا

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