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Jordanian Dreams

Jordanian Dreams

I blame Blue Peter myself. Somewhere back in the eons of time before the days of colour television and when John Noakes, Valerie Singleton and Peter Purves were still young, there was a dog called Petra. The year I was eight Blue Peter did one of their famous historical stories all about her namesake, the […]

Jerash – Roman City in Jordan

Jerash – Roman City in Jordan

The remains of the provincial Roman city of Gerasa have been remarkably well preserved by the dry desert air of what is now Jordan. Situated in rich farmland in the north of Jordan and blessed with a Mediterranean climate, Gerasa thrived as a cosmopolitan city throughout the Roman period, becoming one of the Decapolis (10 […]

Jordan – The King’s Highway and the Crusader Castles

Jordan – The King’s Highway and the Crusader Castles

Travelling down the spine of Jordan, from Amman in the north to Petra in the south, the King’s Highway is a very drivable A road that zigzags across the top of the mountain range through small towns and villages and many sites of great interest and beauty. Travelling south, it skirts Mt Nebo as it […]

To Aqaba!

To Aqaba!

Aqaba is Jordan’s only seaside town, perched on their tiny foothold of coastline at the north of the Red Sea, and like so many places in Jordan, it is an ancient place now bought up to date in true Jordanian style. In recent years Aqaba has evolved into a funky seaside resort with this typically […]

The Dead Sea and The Zara Spa, Jordan

The Dead Sea and The Zara Spa, Jordan

There is nowhere on earth quite like the Dead Sea. As we drove down from Madaba the vista opened out as the road switched back and forth as if we were in the Alps (it descends roughly 750m in 25km – your ears pop more than once on the way down!), past vineyards and olive […]

Wadi Rum – Lawrence of Arabia’s desert

Wadi Rum – Lawrence of Arabia’s desert

“The crags are capped in nests of domes, less hotly red than the body of the body of the hill. They gave the finishing semblance of Byzantine architecture to this irresistible place, this processional way greater than imagination…vast, echoing and godlike.” T E Lawrence The desert which the Queen of Sheba crossed on her way […]

Madabar and Mt Nebo, Jordan

Madabar and Mt Nebo, Jordan

A glass of sweet mint tea at the Haret Jdoudna in the heart of Madaba was our welcome to Jordan the evening we arrived. A traditional merchant’s house, Harat Idoudna is built around a courtyard complete with pots of vivid flowers sprawling over the stone stops and a fig tree in the central courtyard. The […]

Petra – The Rose Red City of Stone

Petra – The Rose Red City of Stone

We saw Petra for the first time at night. Inky blueblack sky above, punctuated by a mesh of stars. Deep black in front, behind and around us, candles in paper bags lighting the path beside our feet but little else as we followed the Bedouin leader down the ceremonial Siq. As we entered the rock […]

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