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Jerusalem – the city of gods – even if you don’t have one

As our bus, from Jordan arrived at the Damascus Gate we were so excited to walk through the Old City.  With all of our exuberance we quickly realized that it would be best to drop our backpacks prior to venturing into the tight corners of the crowded cobble stoned Old Jerusalem.  Check in Jerusalem was […]

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Amman to Jerusalem – crossing the border

We decided to cross into Jerusalem from Amman, Jordan.  It is relatively easy to do although pretty time consuming for such a small distance.   Flights were around $450  for the 45 mile distance.  There is also a service called www.amman2jerusalem.com that offered to take us from our hotel in Amman to the border (we would […]

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Aqaba and Karak Castle

Aqaba is a port city (mostly a resort town) on the Red Sea’s Gulf.  It is the most southern point of Jordan and is bordered by Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt.   Inhabited since 4000 B.C., it’s home to the Islamic-era Aqaba Fortress and the adjacent Aqaba Archaeological Museum.  Since these antiquities truly pale in comparison […]

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Mars on Earth – Wadi Rum

Entering Wadi Rum was a slow motion experience of leaving earth and entering a totally different world.  The sand slowly starts to turn a deeper and darker hue of red and the surrounding dramatic sandstone and basalt mountains jut out of its sandy floor.  Camels walk about the desert with or without accompanying owners under the […]

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Petra, magnificent Petra!

We decided to get up at 5 am and make it down to the Petra visitor center for 6 am when it opens.  There is a small but very informative museum there (free) which we visited the night before.  We wanted to stake everything out to be fully ready for our big Petra day – […]

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Dana Biosphere and Shobak Castle

After 4 days at the Dead Sea we were ready to see more that Jordan has to offer.  Our next stop was the Dana Biosphere Natural Reserve, but we made a quick stop along the way at the Wadi Mujib Adventure Center. 

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Dead Sea, Madaba and Mt. Nebo

We had been looking forward to floating in the Dead Sea together for a really long time.  The drive from Amman was under an hour bringing us to the Crowne Plaza with enough time to dip into the water.  

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Amman, Ajloun and Jerash

Arriving in Amman after a month in Egypt was a refreshing start.  We rented a car and were on our way to the Holiday Inn Express where we recuperated from the pollution and craziness of Cairo.   We arrived with our Jordan Pass in hand – which we highly recommend purchasing prior to entering Jordan as […]

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Egypt – Final thoughts

After 4 days in Hurghada we were ready to head back to Cairo to finish our 30 day stay in Egypt.  We arranged for a car through Emo Travel and unlike our first great experience with them had a horrible one this time around. Our pick up was supposed to be at 12:00 pm – when […]

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A tale of two Hiltons – Luxor and Hurghada

After our speedy ride from Abu Simbel to Aswan we boarded the 3 pm VIP (Exp 887) train to Luxor.  Our guide from the ship purchased our tickets in advance ($10 USD each)  but they are easily purchased day of trip by following the tips of the link above.  The train was very comfortable albeit […]

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