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Jordan - just back - Wow

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Our family of 4 just returned from a week in Jordan (7 days). It was wonderful, I wish we could have gotten at least another day or two. It was Christmas week, height of the cold season, but compared to Michigan it wasn't bad. The people were all very nice to us, no problems with being ripped off (except a Petra guide that gave us two hours instead of five, but we had a fine time exploring on our own.)
An overnight in Amman (the plane was 7 hours late, so no time to explore here at all, but we're not a city people anyway), up to Um Quais, Ajoiurn castle and then Jerash. The first two were good (especially the castle) but Jerash was really great. In our humble opinion, close to Ephasus quality, which is saying a lot. We spent the night in Madaba, saw the mosaics (well worth it), then to Karak (I wasn't as impressed as the rest of my family), then down to Petra for the night. The next day and a half were exploring Petra, and if you can spare more than one day, do it! There's no doubt it deserves its place on the new Seven Wonders of the World list. The second early afternoon we went to Aqaba for warmth and diving the Red Sea (very good). The last day we toyed with diving in the morning or going to see Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan where Jesus was baptized, before we headed for one night at a Dead Sea resort. We chose the latter, were rather disappointed after all the other fantastic ruins we'd seen. It was almost sunset when we got to swim in the Dead Sea, felt pretty cold, but we got it out of our system.

Bottom line, go to Jordan! Fascinating country and people, great history, good food.

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