Travel Blogs from Jordan

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Rock of Ages, Petra, Jordan travel blog

Rock of Ages

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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It’s difficult to find words to express this place.  So many have tried before, but failed miserably in comparison to being there.  In all the places that we’ve been, I’m sure Petra will make the top 5.  So much more than ...

Day 20: Hiking in Burbeita & Afra Canyons, Petra, Jordan travel blog

Day 20: Hiking in Burbeita & Afra Canyons

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... spent sixteen years.  We learned during the day that Ali specializes in guiding in the canyons in this section of Jordan. We consider ourselves really fortunate to have had this experience with him! We pay our departure tax and have the ...

Crossing into Jordan, Amman, Jordan travel blog

Crossing into Jordan

A travel blog entry by kimandmartin

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... taxi drivers do that here in hopes of getting a commission, which will be added to your bill, of course. Jordan is a constitutional monarchy with a democratically elected government. Following the death of King Hussein in 1999, his son, King Abdullah ...

Petra and the Last Crusade, Petra, Jordan travel blog

Petra and the Last Crusade

A travel blog entry by justinrowe

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... had been a sand storm and there was a lot of sand in the air. It was also freezing cold. I had never anticipated that Jordan would be cold. I had only packed a day pack to last me about four days and stupidly I had not packed any warm clothes. ...

Take Time To Pray, Amman, Jordan travel blog

Take Time To Pray

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Walking through the busy main streets of downtown Amman, everything is moving.  People are everywhere and the constant din fills my ears:  people talking, music playing, traffic streaming, sellers calling, chickens squawking, children ...

New Mode of Transportation, Amman, Jordan travel blog

New Mode of Transportation

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Despite camping for nearly 5 months and almost cycling everyday, we seem to be getting into the groove of our new mode of travel quite well.  How liberating to be able to see any site we desire with just a short bus ride and a dollar or two.  ...

Successfully sneaking into a citadel, Amman, Jordan travel blog

Successfully sneaking into a citadel

A travel blog entry by jsnicka

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... , and then getting quite easily stamped in. Good fun. We met with our Jordanian guide, which is mandatory for travelers in Jordan. They frown highly upon independent or group travel in Jordan without a guide, so it makes it easier for everyone if you just ...

Peter O'Toole Can Kiss My Ass, Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan travel blog

Peter O'Toole Can Kiss My Ass

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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... seen at least a fleeting image of its glorious desertscapes either on television or the silver screen. It is yet another location in Jordan recognizable to moviegoers around the world. A man by the name of T. E. Lawrence spent some time in a desert here ...

The Colours of the Desert, Wadi Rum, Jordan travel blog

The Colours of the Desert

A travel blog entry by kimandmartin

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... some concern re: degradation of the landscape with trucks driving all over the place damaging the desert vegetation.) I understand that Jordan has some of the most advanced environmental policies in the Middle East. We found a ride to the government ...

Floating around in the Dead Sea, Amman, Jordan travel blog

Floating around in the Dead Sea

A travel blog entry by danly

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... so many fast food places like the usual Maccas, KFC, Pizza Hut and numerous other American takeaways throughout the city.  Jordan has close ties with America which is demonstrated not only in the plethora of fast food but also in their American made ...

The Not for Profit Hotel, Wadi Musa (Petra), Jordan travel blog

The Not for Profit Hotel

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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I curled a lip to the tatty decor and thanking the owner I informed him I'd be looking elsewhere. He lowered the price. He lowered it again as my feet were pointing to the door but I thanked him and said I'd return if I didn't see anything else I liked. ...

Petra-Fied, Petra, Jordan travel blog

Petra-Fied

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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It's a shame really that most Westerner's sole knowledge of Petra, the former capital of the Kingdom of Nabataea, founded in 312 BCE is that the first Indiana Jones movie was filmed there. Petra was once one of the most important cities in the region, ...

Been through the desert on a horse with no name..., Wadi Rum, Jordan travel blog

Been through the desert on a horse with no name...

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Well actually, I went through the desert on a camel with no name.  No name, because I couldn’t communicate with our Sudanese guide.  So I’ll just call him ‘Jammal’ which is camel in Arabic.  3 Jammals made their ...

The Bedouin Way, Wadi Rum, Jordan travel blog

The Bedouin Way

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Rising before the sun and the horizon starts to lighten, I climb the jebel behind the camp.  I am not along though.  Others have gathered for the show.  The best time of day for me - waiting for the sun to rise.  Soon the sky ...

Rock the Temple, Jerash, Jordan travel blog

Rock the Temple

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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First official day of exploring in Jordan.  Everyone knows Petra, but there is much more to see and do! Traveled to the ancient ruins of Jerash:  'one f the best preserved, most dramatic, and explorable Roman cities in the Middle East' and I ...

Goosebumps, Bethany On The Jordan, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Goosebumps

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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... caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over).  We too stood here and gazed across the Jordan river into Jericho, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem and even the dome of the rock.  Then plunging down the great hillside ...

Jordan - Edamame's quest for the holy grail, Aqaba, Jordan travel blog

Jordan - Edamame's quest for the holy grail

A travel blog entry by edamame

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... impressive thing about Petra is that it's made up of palaces, temples, and tombs...all carved from rock!! Ending our trip in Jordan was a desert excursion, which of course meant another camel ride! To mix things up a bit we also went on a ...

Soldiers and Wildflowers in the Decapolis, Jerash, Jordan travel blog

Soldiers and Wildflowers in the Decapolis

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... of Yankee Doodle Dandy.  The friendly voice came from Tom, one of a group of American soldiers on a training in Jordan.  They were learning about Middle Eastern culture, so that if they were deployed or redeployed in Iraq, they would understand ...

Rock City!, Wadi Musa, Jordan travel blog

Rock City!

A travel blog entry by jsnicka

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Say it in your best Sean Connery voice. Rock City. Rock City. Good stuff. After a 3 hour transfer from Amman, we arrive in Wadi Musa. Wadi Musa is the town built beside Petra, one of the 7 wonders. Petra is the reason I am here. By 11am, I am walking in ...

Indiana Jones, Lionel Richie and Red Sea 'R and R', Dahab, Red Sea and Petra, Jordan travel blog

Indiana Jones, Lionel Richie and Red Sea 'R and R'

A travel blog entry by grahamandrach

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... -el-Sheikh, jumping in a minibus we made our way at maniacal speed through an amazing arid jaggard mountain landscape to Newieba where the Jordan ferry leaves from (we would have asked the driver to slow down but we were keen to get away from the package ...

Solace in the Arabian Desert, Wadi Rum, Jordan travel blog

Solace in the Arabian Desert

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Fan-tailed Raven soared overhead in the hot dry air of a red sandstone canyon of Wadi Rum, the desert where Lawrence of Arabia found solace in the "vast and echoing" landscape.  The particular side canyon I chose was not vast, but it was echoing ...

Dying to go to the Dead Sea, Dead Sea, Jordan travel blog

Dying to go to the Dead Sea

A travel blog entry by jambo

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... to become Person 1, as above.   With slightly sore heads, we wake up on Thursday morning and catch a bus off to Amman, Jordan's capital city.  It is there that our Group of Eight begins to separate.  Rene is flying back to Holland, Mark ...

Day 17: Eilat to Jordan, Bedouin Tent Experience, Wadi Rum, Jordan travel blog

Day 17: Eilat to Jordan, Bedouin Tent Experience

A travel blog entry by journeyer

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... the credit card invoice for our remaining balance.  We put our two backpacks in the jeep and we're off! At the Israeli-Jordan border crossing, our driver gives us a tag for our clothes that says "ECO" so we can be identified on the Jordanian ...

Birthday in Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan travel blog

Birthday in Aqaba

A travel blog entry by jsnicka

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I got a nice happy birthday song from the other jeep we were traveling with as we raced across the red sand after we left our camp. We then had a quick bus transfer from Wadi Rum to Aqaba where we would be spending the day. Not much was going on ...

From Mount Nebo to Bethany, Amman, Jordan travel blog

From Mount Nebo to Bethany

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... Further along was a barber shop, where I chatted with the Palestinians there as one shaved my beard.  A large percentage of Jordan is composed of Palestinians.  One barber had lived in New York City and Brazil for many years. On two ...

Petra was red, Petra, Jordan travel blog

Petra was red

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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Wehoo, Indiana Jones experiens (sort of). It was quite touristy, but still ...

Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan travel blog

Petra

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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For three days, Petra was a place to roam and explore, a place full of twists and turns and ever-changing colors as the sun arced in the sky.  This was one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, thanks to multiple votes from almost every Jordanian ...

Where the Tarmac Ends..., Wadi Rum, Jordan travel blog

Where the Tarmac Ends...

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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Tonight I sit writing in my journal as the sun sinks behind this moon-like landscape that is called Wadi-Rum. The desert made famous by the stories of Lawrence of Arabia, is an awesome and ever-changing landscape.  Red and white sands mixing ...

Crossing the Border, Amman, Jordan travel blog

Crossing the Border

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Leaving the truck, I paid the driver and jumped on a bus into the center of Amman, the capital of Jordan, where I would stay only one night before crossing the border across the West Bank into Jerusalem. One night was enough to walk around the old center ...

A High at the Lowest Point on Earth, Amman, Jordan travel blog

A High at the Lowest Point on Earth

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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... needed help. He read my note and pointed me in the right direction then punctuated our exchange with the now familiar, "Welcome to Jordan". Wide-eyed with brows arched I stepped up into an old yellow bus and showing the driver the card I greeted him ...

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