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Apr 9, 2012 - Sue, Dave and Rach hit the Emirates!!

Got to the airport at 8.45pm absolutely exhausted, after only having arrived back from the airport from Jordan at 4.45am!!! Steve overslept and missed work!! Anyway, 10 planes had landed at the same time as theirs so we waited and waited and waited until...at 10.15pm we saw Dave. We were sitting having coffee so I ran outside, gave them a huge hug and then...saw Rachel!!! I cried!!! Couldn't believe my eyes. They thought I had guessed after something mum had said but I really hadn't. Best surprise ever!!! Here is a rundown of their...

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Mar 27, 2012 - How long has it been??!!

Well hello strangers!!! Sorry it has taken so long to update but life really is mostly about work and daily life!! How many times do you want to hear about us going to the beach or visiting Dubai?!!! Really that's about it and a wonderful job that I love!! BBq's and camping in the desert, driving off-road in our Murano, lovingly called Oofafoo (Shooting Stars fans will know what I mean!)Anyway, life is wonderful. So, I will update you on our trip to Jordan... Absolutely awesome sums it up!!! Obviously we have done it Val and Steve...

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Dec 14, 2010 - Madaba, Mt Nebo area

Madaba is a small town approximately 20 miles southwest of Amman on the King's Highway. Christians make up a large portion of the population here and as a result, you can observe a large number of women walking the streets without the traditional Islamic headscarf. The famous Madaba Map, a large mosaic map discovered in 1896, can be found here at the Church of St George. The Madaba Map is one the oldest known mosaic maps of the Holy Land ever uncovered, dating to the 6th century B.C.

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Egypt & Jordan, 2010

Oct 31, 2010 - Madaba

On Saturday we hit the road again, en route for Madaba. First stop was Kerak Crusader castle, which was famous for the bloody battles in the 12th century between the Crusaders and Saladin's Muslim troops. It's set on top of a hill with magnificent views over the surrounding countryside - no way the enemy could creep up on them. At one time the castle was commanded by a sadistic Crusader knight called Renauld de Chatillon, who had a nasty habit of torturing prisoners and then throwing them off the castle walls to the ground 450m below. He...

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Oct 24, 2010 - Jerash - Amman

Needless to say the girls all a bit delicate this morning, Boys couldn't see a thing wrong. Kristina didn't even surface before we headed out. (Zip Lock bags tucked away just in case they would be needed)Took a taxi to Jerash to se the oldest and best preserved of the Roman ruins in the Middle East.It is a very large srea still being ecavated and there were some really good examples of mosaics. We keep seeing the name Philadelphia around the place and at Jerash we discovered that was the old Roman name for Amman. Tha ampitheatres were...

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Oct 23, 2010 - Dead Sea-Mt Nebo- Madaba

Early start this morning - on the road at 0800. Kristina very quiet claiming to have food poisoning but seems more like a hangover. :-) there is a lot of tension between her and our guide Husam,that is picked up by all of us - not so good. First stop Karak castle where Guy de ??? tortured a large numbers - not quite so chivalrous a knight as his coup de grace was to toss them over the parapets with a box on their head so they would not be killed instantly and would be aware of their slow and lingering death. He had also broken the truce by...

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Oct 23, 2010 - Petra to Madaba

This morning it was time to jump in a mini-van and leave the amazing Petra (not Bagust). Our route was along the King's way heading for Madaba. On the way we stopped at one of the crusader castle's at Karak. I enjoyed this place as I ducked and dodged through tunnels and passages exploring. We then headed to the dead sea which is 400m below normal sea level. I know everyone does it but its an amazing experience you can't describe floating in the water. It does sting a little and does feel a little alkali too but you can bob around for...

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Jul 2, 2010 - in the footsteps of Moses, Elijah, the Baptist, the Christ

Mosaics mark the spot. From the Greek Orthodox church at Madaba to Mount Nebo to the baptism site to Elijah's hill, all the places that we visited today have this in common: beautiful, handmade, timeworn mosaics. My understanding is that, basically, mosaics are large works of art created w/ smaller pieces of something, such as paper or, in these cases, fragments of stone. Mosaics were a hallmark of the Byzantine Christians, who lived in the middle centuries of the first millennium A.D. The Byzantines used mosaics to decorate their palaces,...

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Jun 1, 2010 - Mt Nebo, Dead Sea & Hammamat Ma'an

We woke up late at 8:00 and had breakfast. We we will be going to Mt Nebo at 2:30 to avoid the heat. It took us half an hour to get to mount Nebo. The Jews believe Moses saw the promised land from there. Christians believe Moses died on Mt Nebo. Moses was believed to have died when he was 120. Moses is also a prophet in Islam. It only took 5 minutes to climb from the vistor's centre to the the summit. The view is amazing. You can see for miles in any direction. You can also see Jerusalem. We then went to the Dead sea. The Dead sea is the...

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Jun 1, 2010 - Mt Nebo, The Dead Sea & Hammamat Ma'an

This, our last full day in Jordan was the day to do the one thing (besides Petra) we considered unmissable - going to the Dead Sea. For me, the idea of coming to Jordan twice and still not going there was plain silly. So we signed up for one of the tours where you hire a driver for half a day to take you there plus a couple of other places. Having sprayed Riffat's various mosquito bites (why is it always Riffat who suffers from the little blighters?) with liquid plasters to keep the salt off and remembered to bring lots of fresh water, we...

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May 31, 2010 - St George's Church, Madaba

Good news! Riffat is finally feeling sufficiently better to be able to make it out of the room. After days of being stuck in one room, it must have been good to finally go somewhere. We had a modest outing, taking a taxi to avoid the short walk to the church, which is the main sight in town and where most of the sit-down places to eat are. St George's is a fairly ordinary 19th Century Greek Orthodox church, remarkable for one thing. When it was being built, the remains of a much older byzantine church was found on the same site. Amongst the...

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May 30, 2010 - Amman Waves

So little happened yesterday that it doesn't merit it's own entry. We moved to our chosen hotel in the morning with a great feeling of relief. We'd decided to spend a little more and gone for "nice" rather than just "OK". Riffat was not having a good time with what seems to be Tonsilitis, so we were going to be in the room a lot. So we now have a large family room which would sleep 4 comfortably and lots of floor space between the beds. Nothing smells bad or looks dirty and everything works! After the bathroom you got in and out of as...

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