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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…

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…

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…

Driving in the Sinai and experiencing it’s Sandstorms

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Sinai Sandstorms, caution and drive slow despite stupid drivers around you who persist in driving quickly. Drive Safe and Slowly, visibility is poor.
We drove from our ferry destination from Nuweiba [A Great 4X4 crossing Aqaba (Jordan) to Nuweiba (Egypt)], which is actually a lovely holiday destination with few tourists around, theres always a good deal on the table. And…

Day 133…Aqaba- Getting to grips with the middle east!

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Salaam,
My route over the last few days.

I stayed in a youth hostel in Jerusalem. It was a 2 man dormitory but by 11pm I was still the only guest on the room so it normally meant that I would be alone for the night. I guessed wrong. At 2:30am a weird old man strolled into the room. He…

Jordan….Finally I get to join the adventure

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I met Mike at Jordan International Airport on the evening of the 6 March. He looked like he had been dragged through a bush backwards – Saudi does that to you apparently I delayed the journey by one day as I left the laptop behind….. but I knew that Marco and Delphine (Pippa’s new family) [...]…

Wadi Rum

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Wadi Rum is a wildlife reserve 2 hours south of Amman. It provides fantastic photo opportunities due to the amazing colour contrasts between the sand and the hills. Unfortunately we weren’t there at sunset or sunrise which would have allowed for even better photographs, these where however shot during the harshest midday hours. Hope you [...]…

Saudi…..

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Saudi Arabia

 
Saudi, Saudi, Saudi……………….
I won’t forget a quote from the Saudi King in 1930 –  ”My Kingdom will survive only insofar as it remains a country difficult to access, where the foreigner will have no other aim, with his task fulfilled, but to get out.” — King Abdul Aziz bin Saud, c. 1930
Need we say more!!!…

Its All Laid Out For Me In Jordan

Looking about me as I rode into Amman, Jordan’s capital, I realised the reason why I had been stared at constantly for the past 150 kilometre stretch since the border. It suddenly dawned on me as I navigated my way to a hotel that I rode alone amongst the hundreds of cars about me. I almost missed the usually annoying zippiness of a…