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Jordan 14 - 22 November 2014

                      14. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - London Heathrow - Amman Queen Alia International Airport - Madaba
                      15. Madaba - Mount Nebo - Dead Sea - Madaba
                      16. Madaba - Jerash - Amman - Madaba
                      17. Madaba - Wadi Mujib - Kerak - Tafila - Little Petra - Petra
                      18. Petra
                      19. Petra - Wadi Rum
                      20. Wadi Rum - Aqaba
                      21. Aqaba - Amman
                      22. Amman - Amman Queen Alia International Airport - London Heathrow - Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Nov 14. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, flying with British Airways.

Nov 15. Madaba from the roof of the Mariam Hotel.

(In case you wonder: I took this picture very discreetly.)

Kettle roundabout in Madaba.

Greek Orthodox Church (1896) of St. George - Madaba.

The famous 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and parts of the Holy Land.

Hello Kitty in Madaba

Everywhere images of King Abdullah (1962).

Hookah or shisha (waterpipe)


Lunch from the Al-Joury bakery.

Ostrich egg

Jordanian dinar notes:

50. King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein
20. Hussein bin Talal
10. Talal bin Abdullah
5. Abdullah I bin al-Hussein
1. Sharif Hussein bin Ali (a lime green note, not displayed here)

Graffiti murals in Madaba.

View to the North from Mount Nebo (817m),
just 7 km West of Madaba.

Byzantine church, which is under restoration.

And memorials for the Prophet Moses,
who died over here when the people of IsraŽl entered the Holy Land.

View to IsraŽl and Palestine Authority

The Brazen Serpent

Winding road to the Dead Sea, 395m below sea level!

Playing in the Dead Sea near some luxury resorts.

Nov 16. Jerash
Located some 48 km north of the capital Amman, known for the ruins of the
Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, also referred to as Antioch on the Golden River.

Hadrian's Arch - built in 129 AD to mark Emperor Hadrian's visit
intended to become the new southern gate of the city.

Hippodrome - a partially restored Roman-era stadium.
At only 265m long and 50m wide, it was the smallest hippodrome in the Roman Empire.

South Gate and City Wall

The Oil Press

Forum (Oval Plaza) - an unusual wide, asymmetrical plaza at the beginning of
the Cardo (or Colonnaded Street), built in the 1st century AD. The Oval Plaza
is 80 m by 90 m (262 ft by 295 ft) and is enclosed by 160 Ionic columns.

The Cardo is the main street

The Macellum, food market with cross-shaped fountain.

Nymphaeum - an ornate public drinking fountain that was decorated with lion heads and dedicated to the nymphs.

The Propylaeum of the Sanctuary of Artemis, which in Greek means "before the gate", part
of the grand approach to the Temple of Artemis (see later).

The North Theatre

Mr.Travel in disguise

Temple of Artemis - impressive temple ruins dedicated to the patron goddess of the city

The hydraulic stone saw machine

The Church of Saints Cosmas and Damianus

The South Theatre

Enormous and very tasty group lunch in http://www.lebanese-house.com

Valley between Jerash and Amman

The Amman Citadel (Jabal al Qala'a) is a national historic site at the center of downtown Amman

The theatre was built during the reign of Antonius Pius (138-161 CE).
This steeply raked structure could seat about 6,000 people.

The Temple of Hercules, the son of Zeus,dates to the
Roman occupation of the Citadel in the 2nd century AD.

Anthropoid coffins in the Jordan archeological museum.
It was found that each coffin contained two or three skeletons.

The Colonnaded Street.

Monumental Gate / Entrance Hall with a reconstructed roof.

Kenafeh is a Levantine cheese pastry soaked in sweet sugar-based syrup.
Very sweet!

Downtown Amman and market.

Nov 17. Wadi Mujib valley

Al Mujib Dam

Coffee and tea break (and smoke).

Baklava (sweets)

Al Karak Castle
A magnificently-situated Crusader castle, now an evocative ruin.

Bedouin tents.

Lunch in Tafila, next to the Tafila Technical University.
The girls told me they study Business Management.

Desert village near the Shobak Castle, originally called Krak de Montreal or Mons Regalis.

Little Petra

Naked belly dancer in one of the caves.

La Maison Hotel Petra in Wadi Musa

Petra by Night, every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 20:30

Nov 18. Shops at the entrance of Petra

Obelisk Tomb and Bab el-Siq Triclinium

Rock cut water channels through the siq.

The Siq

The treasury (al-Khazneh in Arabic)

Sand bottle artist

Coffee and tea break in the Street of Facades

Kohl eyes beautification


Her son was running the small shop on the first day,
and the next day Marguerite was there herself.
(Book is translated into Dutch as "Ik woonde in een grot")

The Roman Theatre

The Great Temple on the left

Buffet lunch in Petra

Starting the hike to the al-Deir Monastery

With one of the sellers along the way to the monastery

Drinking tea with a lot of sugar from Rosa and her 2 mothers (moslims can marry 4 women).
She told me she had 12 sisters!


One of several view points which all claim to have the best view.
Anyway, itīs a wonderful hike!

Al-Deir Monastery, the largest carved monument in Petra, dates back to the 1st century AD

The Great Temple (on the way back)

Royal Tombs

Royal Tombs

The Urn Tomb is the largest of the tombs with an immense courtyard and
interior main chamber. It was believed to have been carved around 70 AD
and was later used as a Byzantine church.

Bedouin tent

Back in Wadi Musa, having a drink at the terrace of the Petra Guesthouse Cave Bar.

Dinner in a snack restaurant

Prayer direction to Mekka in the hotel room

Nov 19. The last day in Petra, climbing to the High Place of Sacrifice

two obelisks

High Place of Sacrifice

Souvenirs are left unattended.

The Theatre


Lunch at a viewpoint after leaving Petra

On the left Petra, on the right Wadi Musa.

Wadi Musa hotel and restaurant area, and on the left below the entrance to Petra.

Petra and the new village for the bedouins who used to live in Petra in the background.

In Ram we changed from our bus to 2 jeeps,

and stored the big luggage in this house.

This bedouin tent is our hotel in the Wadi Rum desert.

Local guide Talal entertaining our group.

Candles in the evening, the same way as they did with Petra by Night.

Who is living over here?

Sleeping spot of our Dutch guide.
In the background the tent of the owner where he lives with his mother, 2 wifes and children.

Nov 20. Jeep tour in Wadi Rum desert

The movie house from Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
An impressive movie about Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888 - 1935).

Mushroom rock

Dancing and singing

Um Fruth Rock Bridge

Having a good time, but he does not smile much :-)

Dung beetles having group sex.

Petroglyph figures in a canyon.

Muhammed the cook prepared our lunch.

Reward after climbing a steep dune.

Goodbye Wadi Rum!

Wadi Rum Station, 1916

Part of the Hejaz Railway, a narrow gauge railway that ran from Damascus to Medina (completed in 1908).

Syrian refugees working in tomato fields.
There are more than 550,000 Syrian war refugees in Jordan.

Arriving in Aqaba, city in the deep South of Jordan.

Hello Kitty in Aqaba


Al-Sharif Al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque

I liked their cheese stuffed bread.

Graffiti murals, most of them to hide construction sites.

MŲvenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba
(We stayed in the Aquavista Hotel)

Nov 21. Aqaba is a shopping paradise (economic special zone).

Aqaba, Red Sea

Glass bottom boats.

Gossip area.

Eilat, IsraŽl

Al-Sharif Al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque

Snack lunch on Friday

Passing the exit to Iraq and Saudia Arabia along the road to back Amman.

Nov 22. Breakfast at Queen Alia Airport, waiting for an early flight back to London Heathrow.

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