Jordan... Amman, Dead Sea, Petra & Wadi Rum... an intense journey!

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Amman, the white city

I finally got the chance to discover the beautiful Jordan. Heard a lot about it, read even more about it but everyone was right: you need to see it for yourself to experience it!

Started out in Amman, the white city. The city has a long shape, with roundabouts that are used to indicate the way. So if you want to go somewhere, people will tell you: it's located at the 2nd roundabout and then you know which direction to go. The Citadel is the best place to get a look at the city and you can also visit the ruins of an old Palace there, very nice place. Discovered the typical food that you encounter throughout the whole visit in Jordan: the cold and warm mezzes and a mixed grill of meat, to end with a nice dessert.

Amman, the Citadel
But man, what a portions they serve you, you better have some place left before leaving to Jordan. It's in their customs to serve you well, so you will come back with a couple of kilos extra. Also had the chance to see some great Arabic hourses, so beautiful!

Then we went visiting Kerak, ruins from Roman times. Most beautiful is the Pilar Way, most fun is the 'telephone' system in the Amphitheatre. When you stand at one of the hole on one side, the person standing on the other side can hear what you are staying, very strange!

Mount Nebo was also on the program, near to the Dead Sea. It's the mountain where Mozes saw the Holy land... you can't see it anymore but you can stand on the exact same place where he stood. It's a very religous place but nice to discover. Madaba is close to Mount Nebo and a very local town, you just want to wander arround in it.

Amman
Here you can discover a mosaic map of the old Jeruzalem, unique in the world!

And of course we also went to the Dead Sea. First thing I did was jump into the water to discover how well it floats! And yes, right away my feet went up and I was laying on my back without any effort. Great experience! From the hotels you can see Israƫl, it looks so peaceful from a distance... Sad thing about the Dead Sea is that the water level is going down at a very high speed. They will now try to bring in water from the Red Sea, hope this will work out else we wont be able to float anymore and it would be a disaster for tourism and the locals.
Took some salt with me from there but in your bathtub it doesn't work that well... :)

From the Dead Sea we started our drive to Petra.

Mosque, nearby the park in Amman
There is an amazing view on a dam on the way, the landscape is just breathtaking! We went via Kerak to Petra, a Crusaders Castle. Nice to visit but you must be in good condition because there are a lot of stairs to do if you want to see everything :)

Arrival in Petra, the horses are waiting for you to take you along the first 700m. Then you walk through the gap where you see beautiful rocks, the colors change and it's just beautiful. But be careful because while you are looking up, dangerous horse carriages pass you by without slowing down. And then at the end you see what everyone is talking about: The Treasure. You can prepare yourself but the view still stays overwhelming! Then there is a long walk along the city of Petra before you can eat or drink somehthing. Less nice: afterwards you need to do the whole way back, uphill....

After Petra, we went to the Wadi Rum desert. What I saw there, I can't even discribe, the landscape just took a hold on me, I was hypnotized! Here you can find tranquility and peace, surrounded by nature at his best.

Well, it was a journey not to forget!

 

polvandenwirre says:
This is what I'm gona do in 2,5 weeks!!!
Posted on: Apr 01, 2008
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Amman, the white city
Amman, the white city
Amman, the Citadel
Amman, the Citadel
Amman
Amman
Mosque, nearby the park in Amman
Mosque, nearby the park in Amman
Jerash
Jerash
Jerash, the Pillar Road
Jerash, the Pillar Road
Jerash, the Amphitheatre
Jerash, the Amphitheatre
One of the Arabic little horses ch…
One of the Arabic little horses c…
Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo, the place where Mozes …
Mount Nebo, the place where Mozes…
View from Mount Nebo
View from Mount Nebo
Mosaic map of Jeruzalem at Madaba
Mosaic map of Jeruzalem at Madaba
The dam on the way to Petra
The dam on the way to Petra
The dam
The dam
Behind me you can see the dam agai…
Behind me you can see the dam aga…
Kerak
Kerak
View from Kerak
View from Kerak
Me on a horse direction Petra...
Me on a horse direction Petra...
Petra... entering the gap
Petra... entering the gap
Petra
Petra
Petra
Petra
Petra
Petra
The 2 elephants at Petra
The 2 elephants at Petra
Petra
Petra
The treasure...
The treasure...
The Treasure
The Treasure
The Treasure from inside
The Treasure from inside
The Treasure with me :)
The Treasure with me :)
Petra
Petra
Little Petra
Little Petra
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum