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JORDAN


Location - Middle East; Capital - Amman; Population - 6 million; Currency - Jordan Dinar

Flights to Jordan and Sudan were hastily arranged after my Eritrean visa failed to materialise. A few hours after landing and we were off to the Dead Sea - November 2012. MORE JORDAN

 

jordannote1The Jordanian Dinar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan26Caking myself in black mud before having a dip at the Amman Beach Resort - Dead Sea

 

jordan21At 423m below sea level the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth - Dead Sea

 

deadseanoticeQuality advice at the Amman Beach Resort

 

jordan24The extremely high salinity means you'll float. And you'll also discover cuts you never knew you had! Dead Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan16The Amman Beach Resort is one of several on the Dead Sea coast, this one being near Madaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan6A souvenir shop at Madaba

 

 

jordan2Madaba is known for the 6th century mosaic of Palestine housed at St George's Church

 

jordan7Pictures of King Abdullah II, son of the late King Hussein, are everywhere - Madaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan9A few kms from Madaba is Mt Nebo, the site where Moses saw the Promised Land. Unfortunately it was too hazy to witness the same..

 

jordan10An ancient mosaic at the site of Mt Nebo

 

jordan28King Abdullah Mosque was built by King Hussein as a memorial to his father Abdullah I - Amman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan30Order a coffee from your taxi and they'll deliver it to your seat - Amman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan33The ancient Citadel is built on Jebel al-Qala'a in downtown Amman

 

jordan34And there's excellent 360° views from the hilltop - Amman

 

 

jordan36The 8th century Umayyad Palace stands beyond the stone columns - Amman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan38A stone-carved hand lies near the Temple of Hercules - Amman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan37The Temple of Hercules is a Roman ruin dating to the 3rd century AD under the reign of Marcus Aurelius - Amman

 

jordan46From the Citadel look down on downtown Amman and the Roman Theatre

 

jordan48The 2nd century AD amphitheatre occasionally hosts events during the Summer - Amman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan51A colourful column on the walk down from the Citadel - Amman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan53Al-Husseiny Mosque is in the heart of a shopping district in downtown Amman

 

jordan56A magnificent view of Aqaba and the Red Sea from the hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan58And a similar view at dusk, with Sherif al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque taking centre stage -Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan61The mosque's dome - Aqaba

 

 

jordan64Laze away the days at the public beach - Aqaba

 

jordan66The Gulf of Aqaba. Or in other words the Red Sea - Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan70There's plenty of glass-bottomed boats, windsurfing, jet-skiing etc to fill your time - Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan79The Gulf of Aqaba is the site of the meeting of three countries - the Egyptian Sinai (left, out of picture) and here the Israeli resort of Eilat - Aqaba

 

jordan74Set back from the beach are fruit and vegetable gardens - Aqaba

 

 

jordan77Mint, lime and loads of sugar is a gorgeous drink - Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan86King Abdullah II with his son on the left - Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan87Locals engrossed in football drink tea and coffee - Aqaba

 

jordan88In case you were thinking about it - Aqaba

 

 

jordan89The 16th century Aqaba Fort - Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan62A last look at the impressive mosque from the hotel room -Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan80The Coral Bay Resort forms part of the Royal Diving Club about 20km from Aqaba

 

jordan83If you're not diving you can still use the beach facilities for a fee - Aqaba

 

 

jordan84Coral Bay Resort - Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan85The Egyptian Sinai lies directly opposite - Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A trip to the stomping ground of Lawrence of Arabia of Wadi Rum is worthwhile if you're in the south

 

These two photos are from my first trip to Jordan back in the 90s but included here for the sake of completeness - Wadi Rum

 

 

jordan239And no visit to Jordan is complete without a visit to Petra, using the town of Wadi Musa as a base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan250Less visited is Siq al-Barid, popularly known as Little Petra and less than 10km from its famous neighbour

 

 

jordan260Climb the steps at the end of the siq (canyon) and take in some lovely scenery - Little Petra

 

 

jordan262The Painted House contains a colourful fresco - Little Petra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan264Try seeing Little Petra before Petra to get a taste of what's to come

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jordan265Little Petra is thought to have been used as a trading post to supply Petra

 

 

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LINKS

www.tourism.jo - Ministry of Tourism

www.jordanjubilee.com

 

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