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Mar 9, 2015 - Citadel, Jerash and Markets

March 7 With no plans for the day and no where we had to be we got up late and met some of the others for breakfast. Today's buffet was pretty awesome and we all pigged out. Pickled eggplant? Why not? I met Pasha and Naomi and we shared a cab to our hotels. Rather than make the driver go around the block and face traffic again, I walked to my hotel which wasn't far. Both were nicely situated right down town across from the Roman Amphitheatre. I quickly dropped off my bag and chatted with the nice guy at reception who gave me lots of tips,...

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May 1, 2014 - Off to Amman

We were up early again today and all packed, fed and checked out by 7:45 a.m. We drove over the road to the Dead sea near Jericho which we have travelled several times. We stopped briefly at a gas station for coffee and conveniences then went on to the Jordanian border. This was an exercise in frustration. We arrived about 10:15 a.m. We left all the bags on the bus and went into the Israeli passport control. There we had to pay 100 shekels (about $33) for an exit visa and get our passports stamped. The lines were not too long. We went...

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Iceland to Israel

Mar 3, 2014 - Breakfast with the goats / Dead Sea black mud body wrap - two unusual experiences

Yesterday morning, we had breakfast with the goats unintentionally - it wasn't part of the itinerary! We were staying at Feynan Eco-Lodge in the Dana nature reserve (www.feynan,com). This Eco-lodge has limited electricity, mainly at reception and in the bathrooms, but the rest of the lodge is entirely lit by candles in the evenings. They prepare delicious vegetarian meals and provide guides for hikes in the nature reserve (mainly a desert where the lodge is situated). The lodge is off the main road and not accessible by regular cars, so we...

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Feb 28, 2014 - Desert castles, Roman Jerash and Madaba mosaics

Some stories from our first two days in fabulous Jordan. Cathy and I booked a private tour with Jordan Select and have a driver/guide (Ibrahim) for our seven days in Jordan. It has been great as we have been able to decide exactly where we visit, how long we stay, as well as having the local knowledge of our driver/guide (who is a very cosmopolitan, well travelled man). We spent the first two nights in the capital, Amman, but only used it as a base for sightseeing outside of Amman. (We will do some sightseeing in Amman itself on our last...

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Apr 20, 2012 - A little bit of luxury

We left Petra and headed up to the Ead Sea! It was a long trip with a few stops here and there. We got to the zfead Sea in the late afternoon. After unpacking our bags we walked around the eight swimming areas and spas down to the beach. I waded out into the water lay back and whoa, boy could I float. It was freaky! I lay back and closed my eyes and floated around bobbing up and down like a cork - I loved it! After a quick shower to was off the salt-which was intense, we headed up for a long relax in the spa. Later we had a lovel dinner and...

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Apr 10, 2012 - Journey to Al-Khazneh

An early start for another days adventure. We were picked up by our driver, Issam and eager to get on the road to Petra. A description of Petra in the words of the famous Dean Burgon's poem: "match me such a marvel in Eastern clime/ A rose-red city half as old as time." His words hardly do justice to the true magnificence of Petra, but I am getting ahead of myself. So we were eager to be on our way to what is referred to as the City of the Dead or also the Rose Colored City. But first I needed a Starbucks tea. Yes amazing isn't it! Pat and...

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Jordan and Turkey

Apr 8, 2012 - Arrival in Amman

Arrival in Amman After nearly 20 hours of soul numbing travel time I had arrived in Jordan. Touchdown of the plane's wheels found my nose pressed to the window, trying to get my first peek at the Jordanian country side. From the airport Amman appeared fairly flat and surprisingly green with tufts of clover blooming in the fields between the runways. It only later occurred to me that of course they would build the airport where it is relatively flat. Makes perfect sense when you think about it. Acquiring a VISA was relatively easy just a...

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Jordan and Turkey

Apr 8, 2012 - A Day in Amman

The first excitment of the morning was opening my suitcase. Much to my surprise it was clear that someone else had beat me to opening it. I discovered I was missing things - chocolate bars, adapters, my Swiss Army knife, flashlight and one of the 4 bags to my toiletries kit! They missed one of the 12 chocolate bars that I had brought for Lori. Oh well I guess it could have been worse. The good news I can finally change my clothes - fortunately I had packed a couple of outfits and my bathing suit in my carry on luggage. We ventured off to...

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Bev's 2012 Adventure

Apr 8, 2012 - Dead Sea

I remember reading about the Dead Sea when I was in school. I even remember coloring in the Dead Sea with blue pencil crayon. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to actually be here! Rumor is the Dead Sea mud/salt has healing properties. Five star hotels dot the shoreline. Tourists arrive for extended periods of time and local Jordanians book in for a day at a time. Most of them actually spend their time in the hotel pools with short dips Into the Sea. The path to the water was rocky and made it difficult to enter. The salt was strong...

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Apr 7, 2012 - Dead Sea

Yesterday was Good Friday. After a sleepless night and an early - 4:40 am call to pray it was time to get up and start the Jordan adventure. Good news - a call to the airport and my bag was found in London. It would arrive. We left around 10 with our first stop being Madaba - a small town with a lovely Greek Orthodox St George's Church. The church was built in 1896 over the remains of a Byzantine church. It has the oldest mosaic map of the world depicting the Holy Land which was created in 560 AD. In addition there were a number of other...

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Bev's 2012 Adventure

Apr 5, 2012 - Joys of Travels

It was an interesting 24 hours of travel. Left Kelowna at 8:30 am on Wednesday morning and arrived in Amman at 6:00 pm Thursday, April 5. The trip was not without its challenges. The flight to Toronot was late and so our connection was down to 50 minutes. Made it!! Our flight to London was also late and when we arrived in London we circled for some time before landing. This reduced our already short transfer time down to 1 hour. But yes we made the flight - of course after rushing to get on the plane it then sat for almost and hour before...

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Bev's 2012 Adventure

Jan 18, 2012 - Petra to Jerusalem

Have had really sketchy Internet service the last two nights, so I haven't been able to post entries or pictures. Sorry. I guess that is the experience of international travel. Never really know what will happen and can never really trust your plans. Regardless, the last few days have been AMAZING! Monday, we headed down the King's Highway. It is an old route from Amman to Petra and beyond. While we spent most of the day in a 19 passenger bus, we made some fantastic stops. First, we stopped at the ancient Ammonite town of Madaga. I think...

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