Jordan

We had yet another long weekend in Dubai so we decided to make the most of it and book a short weekend trip. The flight from Dubai to Amman is a short 3 hours so Jordan was the winner!
Not only have I always wanted to see if I could float in the Dead Sea but Jordan was also a place my father was planning to visit but unfortunately never got to before he passed away.

We had looked at the option of hiring a car but heard it was pretty normal to hire drivers there so we ending up going down that route. We were collected from Amman airport and taken to Petra which is about a 3 hour drive. We were warned the roads were rough… but they were seriously rough. The layers of tarceel were visible, multiple layers on top of one and another which made for a bumpy ride. Not to mention a lot of the roads didn’t have lanes..  need I say more.

We stayed at the Movenpick in Petra after a recommendation from a family member. It was right accross the road from the old city so I highly recommend it for convenience.
We set aside a whole day to explore the old city as we wanted to cover the entire thing and were keen to climb some hills for a view! It blows my mind that Petra was around in the 1st Century BC, the build date being unknown.

When you initially walk into Petra the surroundings are breathtaking. The rock is beautiful and you start to get a small taste of the carvings as you get closer in.


Once you are about 15 minutes in that is when the wow factor hits. You reach the treasury, at almost 40 metres high it sure is impressive. The detail of the carving is astonishing and on the left side you can see little steps that were obviously created in order to get to the top to carve. 

We continued on through and decided to do the Royal Tombs track. There are a lot of stairs but the view from the top is worth it and if you make it to the end you get a view of the treasury from the top. 
When spoke to another couple on the way back down from this walk and was told that the Monastery was a must see, this meant another hill and more stairs but we were up for the challenge.

The monastery carving popped out more than the treasurey did so it was my personal favourite. Measuring 47m wide by 48.3m high with an estimated build date being early 2nd century AD.

The monastery
Cave bar near the old city

Day 3 we were picked up by another driver who took us from Petra to the Dead Sea. It is common for resorts to allow you in for the day so we paid a fee to go to Movenpick Dead Sea for the day, our flight was in the evening so we had the whole day there which we felt was ample.

Movenpick Dead Sea
Salt on the rocks
Salt stuck to the rocks

Dead Sea Mud
Floating in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea was the most incredible feeling! I was literally bouncing up and down in the water like on a trampoline.