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What it’s Like to Stay in the Luxurious Fairmont Amman

Since its opening in the fall of 2017, the Fairmont Amman has set the bar for luxury hotels in Amman, Jordan. Its prestigious location in the 5th Circle of Amman, ensures its a convenient 30 minute drive from the Queen Alia International Airport.  From the moment you step out of your car at the entrance, the five star hotel experience begins. As you walk to the check-in desk through a magnificent lobby replete with stunning…

A Day Trip from Amman to the Azraq Wetland Reserve

“There’s nothing there” some told us. “Just flat desert.” However, after having our fill of culture for a week we wanted to get a little taste of Wild Jordan and were not to be deterred from visiting the AZRAQ WETLAND PRESERVE. We had not seen very many bird species in the previous week and quite frankly I was feeling a little demanding about getting some birding in. As a bonus, there was a UNESCO site…

The Highlights of a Week Long Trip Cycling Jordan

A week long trip cycling through Jordan is a fun way to see this safe and peace-loving country, often referred to as the Switzerland of the Middle East. While it's surrounded by noisy neighbours including Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Israel and the West Bank, don't let that deter you from visiting. I'm serious. Over the 10 days I was in the country I never felt unsafe for a second. You can expect to be greeted…

The Stunning Hike to the Petra Monastery in Jordan

The hike to the Petra Monastery was the highlight of my day in the rose-coloured city of Petra. The Monastery, called Ad Deir in Arabic, is half-carved, half-built out of rock. It was completed sometime in the 1st century by the Nabateans, a group of nomadic Arab people. The Monastery's impressive facade measures approximately 45 metres high by 50 metres wide. While it resembles the Treasury, the most famous of the many impressive sights in…

What it’s Really Like to Visit the Dead Sea in Jordan

We cycled to the Dead Sea in Jordan the other day. Now doesn’t that sound casually epic, especially for people that live in Calgary, Alberta, nine times zones away from Jordan? We stopped in at Mount Nebo for a great overview of the rift valley and our salty destination. And then enjoyed a thrilling 1,400 metre (4,600 feet) descent on bikes to the lowest elevation on the earth’s surface. Not something we do every day!…

An Overnight Stay in a Wadi Rum Camp in Jordan

An overnight stay in a Wadi Rum camp in Jordan finally got checked off my bucket list in March of 2019.  I'd been angling to get to Jordan for well over a decade. The country has been on my radar since I first read Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Advisor to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia. Instagram provided further fodder - with lots of drool-worthy photos over the past few…

5 off the Beaten Path Bike Trips I’d Love to Do

I don't think I'll ever lose my desire for adventure - especially for truly off the beaten path tours. I've done a few of them in my lifetime - biking from Tanzania through Malawi and Zambia to the border of Botswana; hiking with my husband and a friend with a Quechua speaking guide and two donkeys through Peru's Cordillera Blanca and backpacking with a girlfriend through the Cradle Mountains of Tasmania decades before the area…

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