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Crossing to Jordan and first meal:)

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After a really long drive in Syria we entered Jordan via Jaber, which is probably one of the most used border crossing by visitors. The whole process with paper work took us around two hours. We got our visas at the border – 20JD (Jordan Dinar) =  around 30 USD (and it is for most of the nationalities).
We needed…

Welcome to…

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Once we had docked in Nuweiba, the fun started. Welcome to Egypt… or to Hell. Firstly the ferry called Queen Nefertiti was delayed about 3 hours and secondly when we finally had arrived to the harbor, for some reasons we needed to spend another 60 minutes inside the ferry.
When we finally drove off from the ferry, bureaucratic and complicated…

Mujib and Dana Natural Reserves

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Mujib Nature Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world, with a spectacular array of scenery near the east coast of the Dead Sea. We were driving around Mujib Nature Reserve enjoying magnificent views created by the Mother Nature in that part of Jordan. Absolutely beautiful scenery!

We also did Canyoning – we were walking, climbing and jumping in…

Sinai Peninsula – Sharm and Dahab

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Sinai is a beautiful region of stunning desert and rich marine environments, wedged between Africa and Asia. It is called an intercontinental crossroads – prophets, nomads, exiles and conquerors have all left their footprints here. Due to unique location, Sinai has been a place of refuge, conflict and curiosity for thousand years.
 After 5 days spent at the border, being…

Ras Mohammed – Marine Paradise part I

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VISA INFO!
I am going to write about as lots of us may find it useful. You don’t have to get a full visa if you are planning to stay only in Sinai between Sharm el-Sheikh and Taba. You can get 15 day stay, free of charge entry stamp at the Sharm main airport or in  Nuweiba port. Nevertheless if…

Towards African mainland

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We decided to leave stunning Ras Mohammed and Sinai Peninsula and  go towards Cairo and Giza. To get to African mainland we used the  Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel, which is an automobile tunnel under the Suez Canal.
When we finally got on the other side Charlie wanted to see that famous view of a huge ship crossing the Suez Canal. Unfortunately,…

Amman

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Amman is the capital of Jordan and also city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new. There are plenty of modern buildings, hotels, restaurant, coffee shops and art galleries. The city is crowned by the Citadel and a hill with ruins of the Temple of Hercules. At the foot of the Citadel lies the huge Roman Theater.…

Dead Sea

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Dead Sea Depression – definitely one of the most amazing places in the world. It is situated in beautiful landscape of the Jordan Rift Valley and it’s the lowest spot on earth at more than 400m below sea level. The Dead Sea depression is called by Jordanians the “Sunken Land”, however, it is been observed that the sea is shrinking…

Machaerus

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During our exploration of the Jordan Valley, we visited Machaerus (Mukawir) – the execution site of the John Baptist.

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Petra

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Maps of Pera

Petra – I guess most of us have seen famous Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail. The most famous action of the movie was taken in that site. No wonder that Hollywood had chosen Petra as this is amazing place. Almost as spectacular as the monuments themselves are the countless shades and Neapolitan swirls formed in the…

Wadi Rum on our own

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Wadi Rum – (Wadi = dry river valley characteristic for the desert) also knows as the Valley of the Moon is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rocks. It is the largest wadi in Jordan. A maze of monolithic rocks capes rise up very high (up to 1,800m) creating a natural challenge for hikers. This place looked amazing…

Aqaba

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Aqaba – greatly prized as Jordan’s window to the sea. It brings a refreshing release from the rose-colored desert to the north. It is also the largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba and Jordan’s only coastal City. No wonder, that Aqaba in one of the major tourist attractions in the country. It is known for its sandy beaches, indigo-colored…

SYRIA Part 1

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Many of you asked us, how we managed to cross Syria as situation inside the country hasn’t  been clear. We were in Syria only one day, but it was one of the most unforgettable days, we are going to remember for long…
Visas
Our adventure with Syria started actually in Syrian Embassy in Warsaw. We knew that political situation…

Cappadocia – The lunar land!

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Cappadocia – the land of lunar landscapes and surreal scenery full of ancient churches and cave dwellings, which is situated deep in the heart of Turkey. Cappadocia consists of soft volcanic tuff that has been sculpted over million years into incredible shapes by water and erosion. The result of this amazing geological process is fascinating: huge stone mushrooms called “chimney…

Three Lakes

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After Pamukkale we were driving towards Cappadocia, however we needed to do some stops as the distance was around 660 kilometers. It was 3 days of driving around this part of Turkey, which is not really touristy. We passed like 20 signs saying “Ada” and we were wondering what my name could mean in Turkish. Our first camp was at…

Pamukkale and Hierapolis

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Pamukkale is one the famous attractions in Turkey, but the town itself is not really big. We arrived there quite late, and even parking somewhere on the street for the night seemed to be difficult. We found the only one campsite there, but we couldn’t negotiate a good price with the owner. We needed to look around for different place.…

Ephesus – the archeological site

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Even if you are not interested in ancient culture, the beauty of the ruins of Efes will impress you. This site is really well-preserved and you can get vision and feeling how life looked here in Roman times. Especially taking into consideration information that first brothel (Public House) was built exactly in Ephesus . Unfortunately, the beauty of this site…

Selcuk and Ephesus (Efes)

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It looks that, after Bergama and Perganum, we still weren’t fed up with ancient history and architecture and we drove towards Ephesus. We stopped in Selcuk, not only because Roman ruins of Ephesus are on its doorstep, but also because of the Temple of Artemis, which used be one of the 7th Wonders of the Antic World –  that Temple…

Bergama

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A long time ago, actually from 3rd century BC to 1st century AD Bergama or if you prefer Perganum was one of the richest and powerful small kingdoms of the Mediterranean See. Today it is an extensive and well presented site of ruins situated on hill on the outskirts of the city. We had an amazing opportunity to visit this…

SYRIA part II

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On the border
Decision had been made – we decided to cross Syria via Kasab. The first thing we heard from the first guy we met on the Syrian border was:  “Welcome to Syria and ohhh…. how do they say..God bless you”… The welcome part was not really encouraging, rather scary…
On the border we spent over 3 hours doing…

Truva

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Truva (Troy) is well- known for being the setting of the Troian War described in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer. It was a factual and legendary city,located in northwest Anatolia in what is now Turkey. Today is an archeological site and also famous tourist attraction.
For us, it…

Romania, Bulgaria & Greece

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We crossed rest of Europe very quickly. In Romania we found a great place to camp. That was one of the gorges located in the mountains and for us it was like diamond in the rough as it was seemed that only locals knew about this place. The road conditions of western part of Bulgaria suggested that this part of…

Hungary

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Hungary is one of the best countries in Europe we have ever been to.
We went to a few places over there as we wanted to visit our two lovely friends. Firstly we were chilling out with Maria at her home in Mezőkövesd and we  went together for a small trip to Egerszelok to see calcium deposits (which looks like…

Hello Turkey

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We entered Turkey at Ipsala border gate (west of Keşan, east of Alexandroupolis) from Greece. It was a little…

History of the Van:)

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So…preparation for this trip took lots of time. Firstly we bought the van (Mercedes Sprinter), which nothing, but nothing looked like a camper van. We started preparing it to be our home during our trip around Africa. However we wouldn’t do much without help of our really good friend, amazing car mechanic and overall star – Chris. (Lots of  thanks…

IDEA

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Hello everyone and welcome to our travel blog:) Here, we are going to keep you updated about our Africa Overland Trip, share with you our photos and adventures:)
FIRSTLY THERE WAS AN IDEA….. Why we decided to drive by van to Africa??
- Well, two and half years ago we decided to go by normal car to Morocco in aid…