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Old 8 Feb 20, 03:57 PM  
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Mobile Jordan & Petra - 3rd February - Amman, Mount Nebo, Madaba & Petra.

Today we where checking out of our hotel in Amman then after a tour of the city heading off to Petra. Khaled had talked with us about shuffling some things around to allow more time to relax at the Dead Sea on our last day so on route to Petra we would stop at Mount Nebo and Madaba as we had time to do this and didnít need to be at Petra until later on as we only planned to do Petra by night this evening. This worked great and showed again how good Khaled was as he knew what would work best for us time wise to maximise us seeing everything but still having some time to relax. We checked out and met up at 9:00am setting off for our first stop off the citadel.



Evidence of occupation of this site goes back to 1800bc and since then various people have lived there. There is lots to see and I loved the views across Amman as well as being able to get up close to the temple of Hercules





We spent a good hour up here exploring the site, museum, Umayyad palace and citadel before meeting back up with Khaled who was having a coffee in the sun.





He offered to get me one but I was still okay from breakfast so we headed down the hill towards the Roman theatre. The streets where very narrow and steep and we had a slight head to head with a refuse truck but we where soon at the bottom and once parked up and we had negotiated getting across the road ( case of being brave mostly and just heading out ) we went in to explore the Roman theatre.



The theatre is huge and it was a fair climb up to the top but it offered some great views across to the citadel and downtown Amman. It is still used today for various events and at the bottom are two museums, which were included with the ticket, which we also visited about Jordanian culture and history. Once we had finished we set off and visited the smaller theatre and then headed off to meet Khaled who said he was taking us for a traditional Jordanian dessert.

We drove further into the city and saw the gold market and one of the most popular local restaurants where loads of locals eat, plus the King of Jordan at times, before parking up and heading to a place called Habibah for Kunafa.



It was one of the oldest sweet shops in Amman and they are famous for this dessert - its made with a syrup soaked cheese which is cooked with a crispy topping and sprinkled with nuts. It was so good, hard to describe but I could of eaten loads of it. Donít think itís that healthy but it was worth the calories and great to experience a local eatery with the locals. Suitably full we headed out of Amman for our next stop, Mount Nebo.

This place is mentioned as the place where Moses climbed to and was granted a view of the Promised Land.



The view was stunning and you could see for miles, the map also pointed out directions and places of religious significance. There was a church up here with some beautiful mosaics as well as a stunning sculpture depicting Moses and the serpent which also looked out across the view. Once we had finished we headed back to Khaled and our next stop in Madaba. On route we dropped into a place making and selling mosaics since the area is famous for them before making our way to Madaba. The Madaba map is a mosaic map from the 6th century AD which was discovered in a church floor, itís one of the oldest maps of the Holy Land, showing Egypt, Jerusalem and Lebanon. Itís only partially left but still great to see.

Once we had finished in Madaba we where them driving down to Petra which would take about 3 hours. We passed the time talking with Khaled, snoozing and seeing the sights as the landscape changed to become more barren than the greener north of Jordan. We stopped again for a late lunch and tried some more local food with their great tea and Khaled managed to find a keffiyeh Iíd been looking for before and slightly cheaper then the one weíd bought for Sam too.



The final approach towards Petra became more mountainous and Khaled was telling us that last week there has been snow. We where going to stop at Shobak castle but as time was getting on it had closed for the day but we did get to see Ďthe smallest hotel in the worldí. If you have watched the Travel Man Jordan episode youíll recognise this, we didnít go Ďiní but I was really happy we had stopped to see it.



Khaled had timed the drive perfectly as when we arrived in Wadi Musa the sun was setting and we stopped to take in the view and sunset before heading off for another impromptu stop at Moses Spring.



This is the place where Moses is said to have struck the rock with his staff and water gushed out for the thirsty. Locals apparently collect water from the spring but we made do with a cup full. It was very clear and fresh and something we totally didnít expect to see.

We then made our final drive towards our hotel, The Petra Guest House, which as the name suggests is close to Petra. It was very close, right at the entrance to the site of Petra. We where upgraded again and Khaled sorted the time our guide would meet us the next day in the lobby and when we would meet him the day after as he wasnít going to be with us as we where spending the whole day in Petra. We said our goodbyes and he headed off to get our tickets for Petra and the seperate night ticket and advised us heíd leave them at reception.

We headed to our room which was build up into the rocks and very impressive, having some time to relax before heading into Petra when it was dark at 8:00pm. The famous image of Petra that most people know, the treasury, is only a small part of the overall complex and is where the majority of visits start. Itís over a kilometre walk from the entrance and the majority is through a narrow gorge in the rocks called Ďthe siqí. On the night tour the whole of the way is lit only by candles and itís very impressive. Seeing the treasury for the first time was breathtaking. I still remember as a kid seeing it in the Indiana Jones movie and being blown away so to see it for myself was a dream come true.



There was a small show with traditional music, songs and tea which added to the atmosphere but nothing could take away from the view of the treasury. It was srunning. Once done we headed back via candlelight to our beds ready for a full day exploring Petra.
It had been such a great day. Weíd seen lots and had some unplanned stops which Khaled had put in for us to show us more of Jordan and itís culture. I knew we where just really scratching the surface of this place and no matter how great our time here was that we really would need to come back to see and experience so much more that Jordan has to offer.
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Another fabulous day! So many beautiful sites! The dessert sounds interesting!

Thanks for sharing!
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Originally Posted by Melbatb View Post
Another fabulous day! So many beautiful sites! The dessert sounds interesting!

Thanks for sharing!
It really was a great day and the sites we saw were stunning. Iíve been looking online for a recipe for Kunafa but know it wonít be as good as the one we tried.

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Absolutely stunning pictures!
Thank you, I took hundreds of photos whilst we where in Jordan there was so much to see but really glad you liked those Iíve shared
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What beautiful scenery, your photos are fantastic! That cheese dessert looks delicious too A great day!
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Originally Posted by Sparksy72 View Post
What beautiful scenery, your photos are fantastic! That cheese dessert looks delicious too A great day!
The dessert was amazing - could of happily eaten a few plates full it was so good!
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Oh my the treasury, stunning!
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Oh my the treasury, stunning!
It really is, definitely worth the trip to see it.
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More great pictures and Iím intrigued by the dessert! Khaled sounds like he was doing a really good job as well.
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More great pictures and Iím intrigued by the dessert! Khaled sounds like he was doing a really good job as well.
I loved the dessert, we where offered another plate full and declined but could of easily eaten more.

Khaled was so good, I do think without him we certainly wouldnít have seen and enjoyed it so much.
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