travel tales :: the amazing jordan vol 1
my facebook photo posts during our actual trip started a lot with “jordon just keeps on amazing me”. i did not expect so much friendliness, beauty, ancient history, blue sky, wonderful food, intriguing experiences, educating conversations with new people from around the globe. my bottom line: you just have to go there! 🙂 and to convince you, have a look at my photographs.
the well organized travel planner in me – this time – planned a bit ahead with our choice of travel guide awesomeness: Lonely Planet. Reading the LP Middle East and booking ahead was a good investment of time as with Eid celebrations and public holidays hotels, rental cars and a lot of other things seemed to be really busy and fully booked. We travelled like a royal couple rocking up with a booking at most places. Add on LP inside tips on where to go & what to do and we suddenly had a smooth running vacation with still enough room for the unexpected to happen 😉
So starting out with Amman and Jerash we got right into ancient history and time travelling as we walk the ruins beautifully excavated (which will be an ongoing process probably for another decade or more). I just imagined how life would feel like 2000 or so years ago. Couldn’t stop taking photographs with all the beautiful blue sky at the “Rome away from Rome” – and this is only the beginning.
Amman (or Philadelphia):
Being a believer travelling to biblical places that I knew off almost all my life was special but then also sometimes different than I imagined it to be. I suspect my childhood imagination is just VERY different from the real place. So we saw Mt Nebo (Moses looking down on the promised land) and – of course – the Dead Sea. We bottle bobbed and spa-resorted ourselves and we were 420m BELOW SEALEVEL. Let me warn you – some navigation apps crash and then you miss out on a pretty cool number (-420m) on your iPhone screen to share with everybody. 🙁
Check out the diversity so far and I am just showing you a few of my favourite photographs! Another reason why won’t forget this wonderful vacation is because we celebrated our 13 wedding anniversary. More about it here.
And then there is Petra. Always wanted to go, never thought I would be able to and now I have been. I imagined it slightly different in the perspective of the kind of traffic that is actually going on in there – with all sorts of vehicles. I suppose there are many small business entrepreneurs living in Petra finding creative ways to generate an income. So don’t think is will be a tranquil and lonely experience but you have to go anyway to see the over two millennia old ruins!
note to the images above: this is The Monastery. great hike up. put in the effort. It’s rewarding to climb but watch out for those donkeys!
LP’s great fabulous wonderful tip and so I am passing it on to my travel photography readers: Cave Bar! Oh how different and stylish this Middle Eastern Petra indulge is: “If you’ve never been to a bar in a 2000-year-old Nabataean rock tomb (and we’re guessing you haven’t!), then …”
and then there is also Petra by Night. I loved it but not everybody does, so expect nothing and be blown away and just enjoy the feeling of this totally unique experience of a UNESCO world heritage site.
stay tuned for volume 2 of this travel tale series on Jordan featuring Bedouin Hospitality in Wadi Rum, Handmade crafts in the making, Aqaba and some curious things that just happened in front of my nose and I happened to photograph them. I even might throw in a time-lapse video 🙂 If you have a travel bug like me and wanne stay in touch, like my facebook page and follow me, write me an email and meet for a coffee somewhere in Dubai or just come back to my blog when you feel like it.
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