The Last Little Bit of Jordan


Well I am back to regular life and right in the thick of it. It is my busy time at work so that is my main focus for the next several months (gotta fund my travels). I hope to get Sunday Special back on and also a few other posts as well. Please bear with me! 🙂

After Wadi Rum we still had adventure ahead of us. Our group’s last stop before returning to Amman was in the south of Jordan, in Aqaba. Here we spent a perfect afternoon aboard a boat aptly named “Freedom” while cruisin’ the Red Sea. And for those of us who wanted (and I wanted) we could snorkel with the fish. Additionally, from this area we could see Israel & Egypt across the way. Heading a bit further we could also see Saudi Arabia. This section of the Red Sea is a confluence of nations.

Soon the group tour was coming to a close. We headed back to Amman and had our final farewell dinner (& some shisha) the next night. I still had two days so I did some sightseeing, shopping, and took a cooking class. At the cooking class (on a patio kitchen) we enjoyed our dinner and were able to see part of a Jordanian wedding ritual next door. The bride was being picked up the groom and friends where she was serenaded and celebrated. What an unexpected treat!

The Red Sea!

Our boat – Freedom

Heading out to sea.

Enjoying a Jordanian beer.

Dinner in Aqaba.

I really enjoyed the food in Jordan. These cheese stuffed appies were so tasty.

When in Amman one should visit Hashem for the best falafels!

Again, best falafels EVER!! 😋

So many spices!

Shops along the street

Our G Adventures final dinner

The Jordan group

Strawberry flavoured shisha 😋

Visiting Amman’s Citadel – history upon history as many ages have left their mark here

A number of Roman ruins

The Temple of Hercules

The Monumental Gateway / Entrance, built during the Umayyad Period (the first Muslim Dynasty)

The interior of the Monumental Gateway. I love this building.

The hand of Hercules

Next it was off to the Roman Amphitheatre.

Ms Brown taking it all in.

An interesting museum beside the Amphitheatre houses clothing & jewellery of the Bedouins.

They are everywhere. LOL

Saw a bit of the famous Rainbow St

Group cooking class at well-known Beit Sitti Cooking School & Restaurant

We prepped those!

Looks good and smells even better

Musakhan Um Azmi finished and ready to eat. So tasty it was. 😋

The dinner I helped make.

My new Pandora charm, my souvenir for the great trip!

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders The World

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Wadi Rum – The Highlight Of My Trip


Sometimes the best part of travel can be that your expectations are not what you expected, in a good way. I honestly thought that visiting Petra was going to be the pinnacle part of this trip. It was truly amazing, that is for certain, but Wadi Rum Desert was definitely the highlight. Perhaps because I didn’t know what to expect in the desert that I was so mesmerized by it. The tour itinerary for Wadi Rum included going a 4 x 4 drive, having meals and spending a night in a Bedouin-style camp, and an optional hot air balloon flight (which I signed up for). It sounded fun but it was so beyond my expectations that it deserves the title of “trip highlight”. Oh and instead of staying in the Bedouin-style tent/cabin I decided, along with a few others in our group, to sleep out under the moonlight within the camp grounds.

The trucks that zoomed us around the desert

The landscape of Wadi Rum, Jordan

Lines in the sand

Stopped to climb a bit up this dune – the finest sand I’ve felt (and kinda hot on the toes!)

The natural arch and set for Star Wars nearby

Nature is incredible!

The sun casting long shadows

A beautiful desert sunset

Waking up to a desert morning after sleeping under the moon and stars

Early morning balloon ride!

It may be early & I’ve looked better but I am thrilled to be here!

Wadi Rum From the sky

All photos taken by (or for) and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders The World.

PETRA!


Hello on this (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend . I am in beautiful northern BC visiting my sister. Autumn is in full swing with cool air & beautiful fall colours abounding. But today we are heading back to Jordan – specifically to my time in Petra. Seeing the Treasury at Petra was the catalyst for this trip. It was amazing to see it. The whole experience at Petra was wonderful. Even climbing the 800 steps and switchbacks, in the heat, to see the Monastery. Those Nabateans really built a treasure in Petra. Here’s the photo journey.

Little Petra visit:

Our red carpet treatment. Actually they were prepping for an event there that evening.

One of the buildings carved into the sandstone at Little Petra

Caves used by the Nabateans – this one was believed to be used for dining with a large fire burning in the centre for warmth.

A desert sunset

A day at Petra:

The entrance of the Siq – the walkway that leads to Petra

Official signage

We are dwarfed by nature.

At times the Siq narrows significantly.

Nature is incredible!

I am in awe!

Finally…The Treasury. I teared up when I saw it.

🙂

One of several tombs built into the rock

800 steps later and I made it to The Monastery. Worth every step.

The view from the stairs to & from the Monastery.

All photos taken (or taken for) and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders The World

On To Jordan!


The second week of this trip was to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan! So many people said I would love Jordan. That often sets me on edge. What if I don’t like it? I just had a fabulous week in Egypt and met some wonderful people who had such exuberance and positive energy. We had lots of laughs. I was missing it already. Even though I was excited for Jordan I held my breath just a bit. Then I finally exhaled….

Arch of Hadrian. Part of the Roman ruins in Jerash, Jordan

Pink peppercorn trees found inside the Roman ruins. I had no idea they grew on trees!

Roman amphitheatre – there is always one in a good Roman city

The Temple of Artemis (or Diana). My favourite spot in Jerash.

The Cardo Maximus is the main street that runs north-south in a Roman city.

These columns are humongous!! Whoa!

Onto the Dead Sea!

A public beach area of the Dead Sea. Israel is across the way.

The Dead Sea has a salinity level of over 33%. Now that is salty!

It’s warm like bath water

Playing in mud!

Look ma! No hands! And ya just float – can’t sink at all.

Mount Nebo & Madaba

View from Mount Nebo. It is believed that Moses was buried nearby.

Olive trees are plentiful in Jordan. They produce some amazing olive oil! Yum!!

Another view from Mount Nebo.

The Memorial Church of Moses, Mount Nebo

The mosaics in the church are of great historic importance and are absolutely beautiful

The Jordanian Queen has set up a number of community programs. This is at Tree of Life where disabled individuals create mosaics in the traditional method and earn money from their art.

Some of the mosaics made at Tree of Life

St George’s Church – home to the mosaic map

These signs are poppin’ up everywhere

Karak Castle

An interior corridor of Karak Castle

More of Jordan to come!

All photos owned by & taken by or for Eeva Valiharju / Wanders The World