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Nov 13, 2009 - Dead Sea

Well guys we have died and gone to heaven. We have arrived at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar on the Dead Sea. It is absolutely gorgeous here. The room is fabulous. The bathroom is amazing and full of soaps etc of Dead Sea salts. The grounds are superb with lots of pools as well as the Dead Sea. We headed straight there once we got here. It's been a holiday of many firsts and unreal sites but to be floating in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 400 metrs below sea level, and looking over at Israel on the opposite shore has to be right up...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Kerak Crusader Castle

I had a quiet day in Wadi Musa, relaxing in the town and hunting for the best fatouche around, with no luck. So in the evening I headed out with Novel, a fellow traveller, to the Petra Kitchen to do a Jordanian cooking class at the exorbitant price of 30JD or $60AUD. The course was pretty disappointing, all poor Novel got to do was chop parsley. I at least got to chop tomatoes, mint and onion then later squash some fava beans in a pan. But that was all the cooking we did, the whole thing only took about 40 minutes. Basically all the...

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Taking the Long Way

May 3, 2006 - Karak Castle and the Dead Sea

The hotel we stayed in last night was very primative. It was a stone "village" and all the rooms were different, with one exception: all of them had tiny windows with no ventilation. I'm pretty sure it's because it gets so hot in Petra and windows only make it hotter. We left at 8:30am and drove to Karak Castle, a Crusader Castle north of Petra and near the Dead Sea. It was pretty unspectacular, but it was high on a hill and had a great view of the Dead Sea. We had lunch there. Aside on food: I've pretty much been in heaven since we hit...

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Apr 9, 2006 - The Greatest Crusade Castle in Kerak

Written by Sophie Today we did few things. First we climbed a Crusader's Castle in Kerak where my grandma was born. We learnt a lot about how they used to collect the rain water and keep in cisterns under the castle. We also learnt about the war between Saladin and Richard the Lion-Heart. Then we drove all the way to Petra on the old King's Highway. This road had hills and valleys and many curves but we made it there safely. We saw one of the most beautiful sunsets

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ARE WE THERE YET?

Dec 6, 2004 - 1st Day in Petra

Today, in Petra we just walked around and got to know the little town a bit better. It's a very beautiful place and the landscape is majestic. We visited the Petra Visitors Center and happened to find out that this evening was one of two nights a week, they hold a special night of Candle lighting and walking the site of Petra. So, of course, we are going and it says it is a must see, so we will let you know............................to be cont'd

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Sep 28, 2004 - To Petra via Wadi Ibn Hammad and Kerak

We set out today on one of the oldest trade routes in the world that once carried the richly laden caravans of Solomon -- the King's Highway -- traveling south to little known Wadi Ibn Hammad. We made a 2-3 hour trek along the the 'wadi' or riverbed through a bamboo and rush filled sandstone canyon that is fed year round by warm spring waters (resulting in moss growing on the rocks creating a rather slippery affect in places). We walked through the river part of the way, hence the need to purchase new 'water shoes' having thrown away the...

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