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Feb 4, 2005 - Amman, Jordan

The surprise in Amman was that it was cold and raining. Getting a visa and waiting for my bag took quite a while. The taxi guys found me before I found them as I left the terminal. Driving to the Canary Hotel it became evident that the driver and I would never be lifelong pals when I declined his offer to take me to the hotel of his choice. We didn't speak much after that and he wouldn't wait while I checked on a room once we got there. Just as well because they had one available. In the morning I got a taxi driver, Jimmy, to take me around...

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Dec 30, 2004 - The Dead Sea to Amman

Lesson #23 to add to the log book: Always make sure you know the visa requirements for the country you are going to, and if visas are needed, have those visas before going to the airport. This may seem like common sense to the wise traveler, but what is fun about always being wise? I had by flight booked and assumed that I could get my visas upon arrival at the destination airport, just as I did in Egypt and Jordan, but nooooo, the agents at Royal Jordanian Air just shook their heads, sighed, and told me "Sorry, you need visas prior to...

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Dec 9, 2004 - Egypt (Alexandria), Jordan (Aqaba to Amman)

We've done so much in the past week that I am going to try and remember everything. We visited Alexandria for a couple of days and it was a beautiful city. Our hotel room over looked the Mediterranean. We spent the afternoon visiting the Greco-Roman Museum and some catacombs. We spent that night at a restaurant where you actually go down and pick out the fish you want them to cook. The spread on the table after everything is delivered could feed a small army. As we were eating the heavy rain and lightening started with the thunder booming...

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Dec 5, 2004 - The BIG TOUR of JORDAN

Okay, so we have been in Jordan almost 5 days and have managed to only see Amman!!! So now we are a little frustrated. We tell our manager of the Remal Hotel (Mr. Faras) our woes and he got a little upset that we didn't ask us for his help when we arrived here, but I didn't want to say what I was thinking, which was that we haven't seen him since the first day we arrived. This is actually the first time we've seen himin 5 days. Anyways, he suggested that we get a driver and see everthing in one day, the stuff we should have already seen if...

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Dec 1, 2004 - JORDAN/Amman

Hello, We are in Jordan and it's a very different place than Syria.......................I mean it has a lot of simularities, but we can really see the western influence here. Anyways, we spent our last days in Syria/Damascus walking around the Souqs (Huge Flee Market), looking at all of the things we could get, if we needed it, and let me tell you you can get anything there!! I bought a (much needed) scarf, hat and gloves. Kerry bought another headring for his middle eastern head-dress and I think we just tried a few of the local candies...

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Nov 12, 2004 - Ships of the desert

Another early start - was up, dressed and ready to go by 6.15am. After breakfast we loaded our bags onto the back of a truck and they headed off back to the road. We however were going to do the journey by camel! After a quick lesson on getting on and off we were assigned our camels and off we went. The ride lasted around 3 hours and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Even those who were a little apprehensive at first became very attached to their camel and were sad when we had to get off. At the road we said goodbye to Nick, Sue, Brian and...

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Nov 7, 2004 - The lowest point on Earth

A very welcome nights sleep was rudely interrupted by a 6.30am alarm call but by the end of breakfast and with the help of several cups of tea I was feeling ready for the day. Bags were loaded on the bus and we headed North for a 45 minute journey to Jerash "one of the best examples in the Middle East of a Roman provincial city". We spent a couple of hours exploring the site but could have spent much longer. There were 2 amphitheatres, 2 colonnaded streets, multiple churches, temples and a particularly impressive oval forum. Couldn't help...

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Nov 6, 2004 - A day in the Capitol

Yesterday - As usual National Express managed to get me to the airport far too early. Luckily the check in desk was open so I managed to get rid of my bag by 5pm. I then had an exciting 4 hours to fill! The flight took off on time at 9pm and landed in Beirut (no-one told me about that!) at 4am. Most people got off the plane - didn't realise Beirut had become such a popular place to visit. The few remaining passengers continued to Amman and we landed around 5.30am after a sleepless night. The Explore rep managed to round us all up, sort out...

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Oct 28, 2004 - I'm walking on water....

We were terribly sad to leave Syria, it is one of the best countries we've been too!! The border crossing was OK, and got to Jordan, Amman early in the morning. The people in Jordan are alot more pushy than where we've been so it took a little getting used to again. We visited the Roman theatre, Odeon, which also had two very cool museums inside showing all the clothes that the Bedouins wear in different parts of the Middle East. Unfortunately this was all there was to really do in Amman. It is a huge city spread over 19 hills so it is...

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Our trip home ....

Sep 27, 2004 - Madaba via Um Qais and Mt. Nebo

The next morning we continued by large cushy tour bus (complete with inside toilet -- how civilized!) along the Jordan Valley to Um Qais whose ruins overlook the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Marion found this bit particularly enjoyable as one of the reasons for her wanting to make the trip was her having viewed Jordan from the other side when she lived in Israel and worked on a kibbutz near the Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake Tiberias). The ruins of Um Qais themselves were a bit redundant after Jerash, but were made interesting...

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Sep 26, 2004 - Jerash

In the morning we drove to Jerash and the only hotel in the area which was up on a hill surrounded by olive groves a few miles from the Jerash site. It was a comfortable hotel where we had a balcony with a lovely view over the surrounding hills. The hotel also had a swimming pool that was very nippy (no I didn't try it, but others were turning blue) and we spent several hours waiting for the rest of our tour to show up. About half of us had joined at the hotel in Amman, but the other half had already been on tours in Lebanon and Syria and...

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Sep 24, 2004 - Arrive in Amman

We arrived in Amman at 7:00PM local time which is +9 hours compared to New Orleans. Amman is a very old city, though not particularly well preserved, dating back to Neolithic times which was occupied at various stages by the Ammonites, the Assyrians, the Persians, the early Greeks and the Romans, possibly the Nabataens, and the Ottoman Turks, as well as the Arabs. During the Roman occupation beginning in AD 106, it was named Philadelphia, a city of the Decapolis, which was a confederation of ten Roman cities in the Middle East that also...

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