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I spent four very full days in Jordan where a friend and I rushed around the country to see the major sites of our choosing. We spent a long and lost day driving our gutless rental car from the Dead Sea to Wadi Rum; arriving in the dark and hoping...
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Dead Sea Region, Israel
For as long as I can remember, any friend who had come back from a trip to Israel had at least a dozen photos of them floating along the Dead Sea. This past May I spent about two weeks touring through Israel and one of the major highlights for me...
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Disi, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Jordan
If you like the desert, Wadi Rum is a fantastic place to relax for a few days. They have amazingly comfortable tents onsite (4$ a night), a great little rock climbing community, and a little general store that cooks group style breakfast and...
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Aqaba, Jordan

I lived and worked for two years in Aqaba, Jordan

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Wadi Rum Village, Jordan
It was a long journey to the bedouin tents in the middle of Wadi Rum, an enormous stretch of desert and rock in Jordan. We took an off-roading vehicle across the sand and through the valley until we finally arrived to a greeting of strong, sweet...
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Behind Luzmilla Hospital, Jabal Al Webdeh, عمّان، Jordan
Retreat to the Citadel in the afternoon, the traditional escape to high ground, in a city built on seven hills provides respite from the hubbub below, in the autumn go at 3 ish & stay until the rose hued sunset envelops you, neatly coinciding with...
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Amman, Jordan
Being woken up by the call of Prayer that echoes throughout the streets. That unforgettable tune when the man delivers gasoline. The street vendors that sell warm cups of seasoned corn. Shopping in the district of Sweifeya. The best pita bread...
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Wadi Rum is one of those places you visit and then think about for the rest of your life. A place so stunning and bizarre it permanently etches its memory in your bones. I ended up there with no plans or expectations, and no clue what was in...
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Levant

A route created by local guide Yamaan Safady ensures that hikers arrive at Petra the way pre-Christian-era travelers did: out of virgin desert, no tour buses in sight. The six-day, 50-mile “back door” route begins in the Dana Biosphere Reserve; at...

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Levant
The sky glittered with more stars than I could ever imagine the night we camped in Wadi Rum, a desert valley in southern Jordan. I lay for hours watching the constellations trace a gentle arch overhead and losing count of shooting stars. I closed...
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Basman, Amman, Jordan
Tea is the centerpiece of Jordanian culture. I’m in awe of how Jordanians drink tea. Like coffee, tea is served in tiny glasses. The glasses normally don’t have a handle, which makes it difficult to hold when hot. You become really good at holding...
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Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
Petra Jordan is one of those places that you have to put on any bucket list. I went a decade ago and then dragged my husband there last year because "you can't miss this one" I told him. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade fans will recognize the...
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Take in views of a hot spring–fed waterfall, a dramatic ravine, and the Dead Sea from a resort that sits more than 800 feet below sea level. A cliff-top outdoor restaurant serves organic greens from the garden. Evason Ma’In, (800) 591-7480, from...
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I visited Wadi Rum on the way to Petra–a perfect detour. The landscape feels like that of another planet. Petroglyphs can be found all over, proof of human travel through this area for thousands of years.
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Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
Worth the 800 steps (though watch out for the mules), the Monastery is impressive even among the many ruins in Petra.
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Levant
As you exit the canyon called a Siq you enter a small clearing, and are breathlessly taken aback by the grandeur of Petra.
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Jordan
I will always remember Petra, and not just for the stunning beauty of the ancient ruins. The people and animals that continue to live and work there left a deep impression. In some ways this picture tells only a piece of the story. I stopped for a...
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Levant
Quite often overshadowed by its well known neighbour...the Wadi Rum Desert was the highlight of my trip to Jordan. While Petra had hoards of tourists and hagglers, Wadi Rum was a peaceful escape. Stunning and surreal landscapes of miles of...
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Jordan
There is more to Petra than its iconic Treasury building and the winding Siq leading to it. Known as the Vegas of its time, crowds still converge to marvel at the ancient tombs, temples, and churches. Through the ages, it has acquired a myriad of...
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Dead Sea Road, Jordan
The Movenpick Resort is a great way to unwind after Petra and the Wadi Rum in Jordan. The dead sea is steps away and you can dip in the water, as well as use the fresh mud to smear over yourself before dipping in the sea.
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Jerash Governorate, Jordan
To reach Jerash, our one hour calculated drive in the rental car took us three hours in actuality. In Jerash, Jordan., sits the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Gerasa dating back to the time of AG (Alexander the Great). On this real...
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Wild Jordan, Othman Bin Affan St 36, Amman, Jordan
Wild Jordan Cafe (Othman bin Afan Street) is a casual restaurant known for its sustainable menu, excellent service and beautiful views of the city. The restaurant is a partnership with the Royal society for the Conservation of Nature RSCN, with a...
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Ad-disi, قرية وادي رم، Jordan
Sometimes the room you sleep in isn’t a room at all, as was the case when I visited Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has captivated travelers for generations, perhaps most notably T. E. Lawrence, Lawrence of...
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Aqaba -Facing Queen Haya Hospital, Aqaba City, Jordan
My friend Amer, a local scuba instructor, lead me into this shop to look for something or other. I forgot what we were looking for as I was entirely distracted by jingling sounds, flashes of color and light- treasures all around me. Amer said...
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Jerash Governorate, Jordan
I'll be honest, the primary reason I went to Jordan was to see Petra. But rather than fly in and out, I decided to spend a week exploring the country. One day I went to the ancient city of Jerash. It was beautiful - well preserved with the avenues...
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Amman may be Jordan's capital, but Jerash may well be the country's cultural capital, with evidence of unbroken settlement found in the ruins. Visitors can see Greek inscriptions to Roman Temples to Byzantine churches all within the space of a few...
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Madaba Governorate, Jordan
The current Greek Orthodox church of St. George located in the heart of Madaba, Jordan, isn't a very old church, relatively speaking for the area it's situated in. What makes St. George a unique destination beyond the simple beauty of its intimate...
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Jerash Governorate, Jordan
A short drive outside of Amman is the city of Jerash. Conquered by Emperor Pompey in 63 BC, Jerash came under Roman rule and is one of the best-preserved Roman cities outside of Italy. This is a picture of the North Theater originally constructed...
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Dead sea road, Sweimeh, Jordan
One adventurous way to explore the beautiful Wadi Mujib is through canyoning. You can reserve a guide through the visitor's center (recommended at least 5 days in advance) who will first bring you up a steep hill for about an hour until you're...
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When most think of the Dead Sea they think of Israel, but remember you can visit it in Jordan too. We hired a driver to take us to an area where locals go. We were able to rinse off in a nearby stream and we didn't have to pay a fee. Floating and...