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ABOUT US: we've been working and living in Jordan since the mid 1990s and we made Jordan our home for many of those years.
The people are warm and friendly, the weather is wonderful and the countryside breath-taking. Share our experience, and be at home in Jordan, even on holiday .
 
BOOK NOW: 
AQABA    DEAD SEA    WADI RUM
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JORDAN TRIP ADVISOR -- ISSA DARAWISH

IssaIssa has a degree in business studies, his father is a professor of Arabic and he's been in the travel business all his working life.
Issa will organise the best deals for hotels, car hire (with free local SIM card), guided tours, rented apartments, flights, taxis and tickets. He will take all the tension from your holiday arrangements, solve all your problems and truly make you feel at home in Jordan.  

To contact Issa phone 00 962 797 583 582; CLICK here for EMAIL -- darawish02 at hotmail dot com  (NB text/sms if no email reply within a day or so) 

WHEN IN JORDAN YOU MUST VISIT:
  
*    Ras al Naqb -- stunning views of the blood red sands of Southern Jordan and fascinating links with the Hijaz railway
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*     the doctor!!  the dentist!!  or an optician!
seriously, the standards are very high and the costs are much, much less than Europe! again email me for details -- see below
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*    Mukawir, where John the Baptist was beheaded, after Salome's 'erotic' dance
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*    Wild Jordan cafe, off Rainbow Street, stunning eco-friendly design and food
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*    Ain Ghazal -- one of the world's oldest Neolithic settlements, where the oldest human statues were found, NE of Amman
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*   Tell us your special places in Jordan!
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Our Dead Sea apartments are strategically located among the Sacred Destinations of Jordan, a short drive from Amman airport -- it's the perfect base for exploring Northern Jordan and enjoying the healthiest bathing and sun-bathing on the planet!
 
Why not stay in the lowest luxury rented aparment in the world? COME FOR A LONG WEEKEND!! -- leave London at lunchtime on Thursday and get back around midnight Sunday -- two nights in a private apartment at the Dead Sea; one night in a luxury bedouin tent in Wadi Rum; SPECIAL OFFERS
 
VISIT JORDAN!!    have a look at this great tourist web-site with lots of information and background on Jordan! then come back here and book your holiday apartment! 

HIJAZ RAILWAY NEWS we have ambitious plans for launching a weekly service from Amman to Ma'an and then, on the new branch, to Wadi Rum and Aqaba. Discussions have begun, very slowly     . . .contact us if you can offer support or want information

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Post your questions and comments here.  We will try to respond within a few days.  We welcome debate and feedback

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Jordan is the perfect holiday destination, close to Europe but a world away. Aqaba, Jerash, Mount Nebo and the promised land, Wadi Rum, the Hijaz railway, the Baptism site, the Dead Sea, Wadi Dana, serious desert, Amman, Petra. A land of spectacular Roman, bibilical and archeological remains; the cradle of our civilization, home to eco-tourism, full of romantic and evocative place-names and more must-visit locations per square-kilometer than anywhere else in the world. Home in on Jordan!
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The art of Jordan and Jordan's artists

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You can buy original paintings in Jordan for the cost of mass-produced reproductions in Europe. You can also pay thousands for the kind of art that stops you in your tracks, and stuns everyone who sees it hanging on the wall of your home in Paris, Chicago, Melbourne or Amsterdam.

Not only are there seriously talented artists around, but there's a thriving gallery scene in Amman, not afraid to embrace the kind of painting, sculpture and photography that would indeed grace a modern exhibition space in Bond Steet.

Anyone staying in our apartment in Aqaba will have had dinner with the work of one of our favourite local artists, Hilda Hiary, who's known for the distinctive motifs of circles and 'spots' on many of her early works as she explains on her own web-site:

" what always caught my eye was the circle. . . . We all go round and round in a fast motion as if we want to eat each other or to reach something . . . all our lives are actually circular routes that revolve and drive us to thinking that we will actually find something. . . but the truth is that what we will find is nothingness "

More recently she's been making powerful use of collage, with over-painted contemporary Arabic newspapers, to drive home the blood and brutality of events in Lebanon and elsewhere in the region.  Her works have been widely exhibited and are increasingly in demand outside Jordan as well.  From time to time Hilda's work is on display at the Foresight Galley, off Zahran Street, between 5th and 6th Circles, which also features original jewellery by Lama Hourani.

In Jebel al Weibdeh, Darat al Funan, describes itself as a home for the arts and artists of Jordan,  And in nearby Jebel Amman, just off Rainbow Street, is the recently restored Nabad Gallery,  which in 2012 had exhibitions of Folk Truck Art from Pakistan!! as well as oil paitings, water colours, drawings and stone sculptures by Ammar Khammash, another of our favourite Jordanian artists.

In the introduction, we mentioned original art at the cost of mass-produced prints in the West. There is a former soldier, called Suleiman, who turns up with paintings in Jerash and at the Souk Jara Friday summer market in Amman (at the far end, on the right, when we last saw him there).

And a wonderful picture framer in Swafiya, called Bazlamit (no web-site but you can phone him on 06 581 0731) often has a selection of paintings by an artist he calls Mohamed Awad, including a range of mis-shapen and haunting faces. Unframed these are often especially good value for easily bringing home.

There are many other artists and galleries we like but that can be part of the fun for visitors, particularly in the older parts of Amman; to search and stumble across places and people for yourselves, painters and occasionally impressive crafts-women and men too. Please share your discoveries on this blog.   

 

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SO YOU'VE BEEN TO PETRA, AQABA AND WADI RUM AND YOU THINK YOU'VE 'DONE' JORDAN.
WE WANT TO PERSUADE YOU TO COME BACK!
 
EASYJET makes a second visit very affordable and now we've teamed up with Jordan's leading environmental organisation, RSCN, to offer wonderful value, luxury accommodation, off-the-beaten track in wild Jordan!
 
BEYOND JORDAN'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF WORLD-CLASS DESTINATIONS (AQABA, RUM AND PETRA), IS LAYER UPON LAYER OF HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, RELIGION AND CULTURE UNDERPINNING EVERYTHING WE KNOW AND UNDERSTAND.
JORDAN'S FERTILE TRIANGLE, the "hilly flanks", above the Dead Sea, where, for the first time ever, human beings separated themselves from other creatures!! Here they ceased hunting and gathering; 9,000 years ago these pre-pottery neolithic settlers cultivated the land and created for themselves the time and space to build up surpluses, to specialise, make art, plan, organise and think.  
This happened here in Jordan, at Ain Ghazzal and Al Beidha.
 
JORDAN'S GREEN TRIANGLE, the network of oases criss-crossing the desert and desert-margins that supported and protected the bedouins and seasonal-herders.  Azraq in the East is a true historical oasis; Ajloun is set among the scrubby Mediterranean-type forest of the North; and Dana, suspended on the edge of the escarpment that plunges down through three or four climate zones to the valley way below.
 
JORDAN-VALLEY TRIANGLE, with the DEAD SEA at its heart, stretching from Umm Qais on the border with Syria to Aqaba on the Red Sea and inland, through Mount Nebo and Umm Ar Rassas, containing Mukawir and Bethany beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptised.  Key sites for the Abrahamic religions and the whole region is scattered with hundreds of remains of the early Christians, the Romans, the birth of Islam and the crusader battles.
 
WE CAN ORGANISE seven-nights for two people, with breakfast, for around 500!
that's 70 per night, total price, for a couple.
You start off with two-nights at the Dead Sea (less than an hour from the airport), then choose to visit any or all of:
the Azraq Oasis, the forests of Ajloun, the Dana biosphere, or Saleh's bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.
 
Contact Issa (in the left-hand column) for good-value car-hire, with free local SIM card and 24-hour English-language support.
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EASYJET IS OPENING UP JORDAN FOR INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS.
 
Book your apartment at the Dead Sea and Aqaba by emailing us:  <tudor  at  jemstone.net>

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