Crossing by foot from Israel into Jordan

The time was upon me to tackle another land border. Regular readers will know that I described my border crossing from Egypt into Israel as the worst three hours of my life. Whilst I'm relieved to say I would not encounter a repeat experience, I would still face some problems of a different sort by the end of the day. Speaking of which, it all began in Tel Aviv and would thankfully end, as hoped, in Amman, Jordan's capital city. T ...

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Discovering Amman: Part 1

At the risk of sounding supremely, historically uneducated (which admittedly I am), I did not expect the main focal points of the Jordanian capital city to be ancient Roman ruins! Would you? Of course I was aware that the ancient empire covered a vast amount of land but to have reached this far east without the aided assistance of Ryanair or Easyjet, well it really makes one pause for thought, does it not? One of these main sights was ...

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Petra: A seventh 'new' wonder of the World

There can be little doubt that the success and popularity of the Indiana Jones franchise back in the 80s has contributed to Petra's sore in visitors these last 30+  years. These days it is possible for 3000 visitors a day to reach this remarkable place - or so I was told by the guy at the ticket desk. These days though, with what is happening in the world and indeed, the Middle East, figures are not consistent and can be as low as a few h ...

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The Wadi rum desert down to Aqaba's Red Sea

These last few days have been great as they've offered up some fantastic 'first time' experiences and an 'interesting' one too. Put it this way, you remember Lawrence of Arabia? Well now there's 'Sheik Sami of Arabia' and I expect the related imagery to be of some amusement to many back home and perhaps to my global travel friends too. So originally I planned on providing you two parts to my discovery of Amman and its surround ...

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