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Nov 27, 2019 - tour Amman

We left our spectacular looking Casbah hotel to spend an afternoon in Amman, the capital of Jordan. Along the way we stopped at Bethany on the Jordan, the spot where believers feel that John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. The river was much larger and flowed strongly in those days so the spot that has been marked with a variety of structures over the years that have been swept away in floods. A few tantalizing bits of mosaic hinted at what used to be floors. Recently this area was a no man’s land full of mines until the...

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May 16, 2019 - Amman

I left Jerusalem on Thursday morning, finding my way to a shared minivan (Sherut) service operated by Al Nijmeh taxi company. I was relieved to see other tourists taking the same journey, particularly a young Korean lady who knew how to speak Arabic. We waited about 15 minutes for several other passengers to join us, as the Sherut only proceeds once there are enough passengers to make the trip worthwhile. The Sherut took us to the Israeli border check point where we lined up to pay for and obtain the official exit from Israel. Then we...

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Nov 28, 2018 - Amman City tour

Amman has a population of around 4 million people. It is very busy, dirty and hard to get your bearings in...it is built up and down 7 ‘hills’ and most of the buildings are cream thru yellow...the natural colour of limestone although today the majority are cinder block with plaster or limestone facing. Here you see more women...in the other places you rarely saw women ‘out’ . They all wear some form of hijab and most wear the common long coat that covers them from neck to ankles. The men , of course, wear anything they want to wear. I never...

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Jordan and Oman 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - First day on the road

Mamon, our guide, picked us up this morning at 8AM to head toward Karak. The weather was cool and unsettled...it started to drizzle within minutes. The castle was built in 1142 by the Crusaders and taken over by the Muslims in 1183. It housed around 1000 soldiers in its heyday. Sitting at 1000 metres it gave a wonderful view over the surrounding wadi’s(valley). There was lots of fog and throughout the day we had rain, fog, sun...and it is quite cool. In fact we missed our hike at the Dana Nature Reserve because it was raining, dense fog...

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Sep 27, 2018 - Amman part 2

Our first touring day around Amman. We went to the Citadel, ruins of several civilizations which have inhabited this area. From the top of the hill we could also see the Roman amphitheater. There is a small museum on the hill with artifacts found at the site. The bus took us down to the amphitheater which also had displays of various costumes in Jordan. A walk through the market showed us produce and spices, clothing and gold. We ate a traditional Jordanian lunch at the Hashem restaurant: bread, falafel, hummus and vegetables. We also went...

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Sep 26, 2018 - Jordan September 26-30

(Entry under construction). Remember that you can see a map of Jordan by using the map list on the bottom left. On Tuesday, September 25 we had an evening flight to Amman. Since we had all day in Frankfurt, we visited the Stadel Museum, only a 15 minute walk from our Toyoko Inn. We stowed luggage and headed out into a beautiful sunny day. There was definitely the feel of autumn in the air, but very pleasant outside. Frankfurt has many museums, but the Stadel is a standout for art. We wound up spending several hours looking at the paintings...

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Mar 30, 2018 - Leaving Jordan today for Rome

Hi Waiting for flight to Rome. Had 3 nights in Amman after Petra. Jerash was great. A very important Roman city.A close second to Petra on the list of favourite destinations in Jordan is the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League. The city's golden age came under Roman...

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Jan 23, 2016 - SFO - Frankfurt - Amman, Jordan

We left San Francisco after a flurry of packing, ballet going (San Francisco Ballet’s opening night on January 21), and foot binding (I broke my metatarsal five days earlier while walking Bobbosan), and we boarded our United plane for Frankfurt and then to Amman, Jordan. On board, I recognized a family friend, Anne Grey, seated just behind me. Barry and I settled in for our 11 hour flight and we landed without incident in Frankfurt, Germany, at 9 am local time. Navigating the Frankfurt airport with a soft cast on my left foot was a...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Last Day in Jordan

Thursday 15th October The sheer joy of being able to sleep a little longer this morning after 5 gruelling weeks of early mornings and being on the road. Had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and then enquired at front desk if the Jordan Museum open so we could go visit the Dead Sea Scrolls held there. At first they said yes but because it is the New Year Holiday day for Muslims I asked the girl to ring the museum and sure enough they weren’t answering so guess we are out of luck this time Basem was visiting the hospital this morning to try...

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Oct 13, 2015 - On the Road Towards Petra

Tuesday 13th October This morning is Maureens birthday so up nice and early and wished her a Happy Birthday as we sat down to breakfast. Had yet another beautiful breakfast of omelette and hommus, babaganouche, labeneh balls and lots of fresh vegies. Our driver Raed picked us up promptly at 8 for the drive south towards Petra with a few stops on the way First stop was a Mount Nebo which was where God spoke with Moses after he and the Israelites had been lost in the wilderness for 40 years and showed Moses the promised land. Moses is...

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Oct 12, 2015 - Touring Umm Qais and Jerash

Monday 12th October Lovely breakfast in hotel this morning before Raed our driver collected us at 8.30am. Our itinerary today is to drive to the north of Amman near the second biggest city of Irbid to Umm Qais, the ruins of a number of civilizations up to the Greco Roman era. The buildings here differ slightly to the normal buildings in the area as the area contains basalt and a lot of the buildings are constructed in this blackish stone. There are the remains of a fairly large Greco Roman theatre with the scenae (buildings in front for...

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Oct 11, 2015 - Goodbye to Israel Hello to Jordan

Sunday 11th October It seemed to be a mere blink before the alarm went off and it was 3.45am an time to make our way down to the Old City Square where our taxi will be picking us up. Our driver Ariel managed to get right down to the Square which meant only a 20m walk if that with the cases. Although Jewish, he was not happy with the Orthodox Jews already wandering the area dressed in their ritual suits and hats – he called them penguins. Like most non-orthodox Jews, he just wants to live in peace and speaks of both Palestinians and the...

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