Jordan Journals

A Week in Jordan: Part One

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A December 2011 trip to Jordan by Essexgirl09

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Quote: I spent a week in Jordan over New Year 2011 and this is where I went.

Tawaheen Al-Hawa

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Restaurant | "Tasty Tawaheen"

Tawaheen Al-Hawa Photo, Amman, Jordan
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For our first meal in Jordan, this Amman based restaurant was suggested by our guide. We enjoyed it so much we came back on our last night too. The restaurant is massive – the first time we went through the courtyard and up the stairs to the right. The second time we went left and round the back on the ground floor. The restaurant does cater for international groups but at the same time we saw small and middle sized parties of locals. I think this would be a lovely place to dine al fresco on a warm night. As you enter there are two large wooden giraffes in the entrance hall, the significance of which is lost on me, same as the two zebras upstairs. There is also a windmill outside. ...Read More

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Tawaheen Al-Hawa
70 Wasfi Al-tal Road
Amman, Jordan

Roman Ruins at Jerash (Gerasa)

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Attraction | "Just Loved Jerash. "

Roman Ruins at Jerash (Gerasa) Photo, Jerash, Jordan
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Jerash, in northern Jordan, is one of the best preserved former Roman cities that can be found in the region, helped by the dry desert air. Situated about an hour's drive from the capital, Amman, it is also easily accessible for a half day trip. Admission price is 8JD for non-Jordanian adults (£8). Under fifteens are free. Purchase your tickets before you head up to the town, where there is a small cluster of tourist shops.Back in its Roman heyday, Jerash (or Gerasa as it was known then) was a fertile agricultural area with a Mediterranean climate. Ties with Rome were kept strong, to keep the empire unified, and there were many public monuments built to remind the locals of the gener...Read More

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Roman Ruins at Jerash (Gerasa)

Jerash, Jordan

Al-Fanar Palace Hotel

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Hotel | "All's well at the Al-Fanar "

Al-Fanar Palace Hotel Photo, Amman, Jordan
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This hotel was selected by my tour operator as the hotel for our first two nights in Amman, Jordan. It is a large independent hotel in the west of the city, approx 45 minutes from Queen Alia Airport. The immediate area doesn’t really have to offer, being mainly residential, with a few local businesses. First impressions of the hotel were good, you went up a few wide marble steps into the open and spacious reception area where check in was quick and efficient and into the lifts and up to my room on the 7th floor. Sadly, arriving late at night, my initial good first impressions of the lobby needed to be changed. With the current climate of upheaval in the Middle East, many injured Libyan rebels are...Read More

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Al-Fanar Palace Hotel
Queen Rania Al Abdullah Street
Amman, Jordan 1119

Artemis Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Artemis Buffet"

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Artemis restaurant is a buffet style restaurant in Jerash, Jordan. After an intense morning touring the amazing Roman ruins nearby our bus took us here for lunch. Although locals do eat here, the restaurant seems to get most of its business from tourists, and there is plenty of parking outside. It is a 4-5 minute drive from the ruins, seemingly a little on the edge of town. As you approach you will see tables outside, but although sunny when we went, it was quite a cold day in December, so we elected to eat inside and were all seated together on a long table. The standard price for the buffet is 10JD (£10) which includes a fruit dessert and mint tea, but they can make you a sandwich i...Read More

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Artemis Restaurant

Jerash, Jordan

Amman Tourist Beach

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Attraction | "Dead in the Water"

Amman Tourist Beach Photo, Amman, Jordan
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Floating in the Dead Sea is a unique experience and one I was keen to try on my visit to Jordan. It is the lowest point on the planet (408m below sea level) and the second saltiest body of water, with a salt content nine times denser than a 'normal' ocean. The salt content meaning that very little can survive in the water – so there are no fish or coral. We parked up outside the Amman Beach Tourism Resort and our guide bought our tickets as it was included in our trip, as were towels but I think it costs about £10 to get in. You could hire or buy costumes there.There are changing rooms for each gender with lavatories and (cold) showers. In the ladies there were four private cubicles or...Read More

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Amman Tourist Beach
Eastern shore of the Dead Sea, south of Sweimeh village
Amman, Jordan