Jordan Travel Guide

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: On the Road to Jerash, Jordan

Where: Jerash, Jordan
September 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted at: a diner near Jerash, Jordan.

This week's Travel Cat comes from reader Rev. A. Ronald Helgerson, who says of this duo:

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Jerash, Jordan

Where: Jerash, Jordan
April 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Jerash, Jordan.

This week's Travel Cat comes from Jaunted reader Kelleye Bennett-Vinci, who spotted two Travel Cats frolicking in a major tourist spot. She explains:

Here is a shot of two kittens rolling around in the Temple of Artemis in Jerash, Jordan. Alas, this doesn’t show any of the prettier parts of the temple, but it shows the kittens.

And isn't that all we really need to see to make us want to go? The correct answer is yes.

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'An Idiot Abroad' Visits Petra and You Can Too

Where: Petra, Jordan
February 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

The new Science Channel series An Idiot Abroad, which stars Ricky Gervais' sidekick Karl Pilkington, may get mixed reviews for Karl's antics, but the locations he visits are some of the most beautiful in the world.

The premise of the show is that Ricky and his pal Stephen Merchant send Karl to the Seven Wonders of the World where he reluctantly immerses himself in local culture, complaining all the way. He may get annoying, but the scenery is ideal for armchair travelers watching on the other end of the TV set...

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New Spa in Jordan Has Therapeutic Benefits Plus Ice Cream

Where: P.O. Box 801 Madaba, Ma'In, Jordan, 11117
January 28, 2009 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Think you deserve a bit of pampering? The Evason Ma’In Hot Springs have just opened an hour out of Amman in Jordan and look like a pretty decadent place to hang out next time you're passing through the Middle East.

These hot springs are pretty special--for one, they're found nearly 900 feet below sea level in a dramatic-looking ravine. The set-up includes natural hot waterfalls that Herod the Great bathed in, or so they say.

While the whole therapeutic spring water stuff should be the focus here, we’ve been distracted by a few of the side benefits. For example, they’ve got a fine dining Arabic restaurant looking over the waterfalls, a herbal tea bar, and (our favorite part) a snack bar serving 40 different kinds of homemade ice cream. Spa treatment or ice cream? We might just take the latter.

Related Stories:
· Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa [Official Site]
· Jordan Travel Guide [Jaunted]

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King Solomon's Mines

Where: Faynan, Jordan
October 28, 2008 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Researchers in Jordan think they've uncovered the location of King Solomon's Mines, a copper-rich region that's inspired multiple films, including one starring Patrick Swayze and another featuring Sharon Stone and John Rhys-Davies.

The area, south of the Dead Sea in Jordan's Faynan district, is known in Arabic as Khirbat en-Nahas and includes roughly 100 ancient buildings. Artifacts recovered from the area as well as carbon dating helped researchers determine that the mines were used in the 10th century BC--and could prove the historical existence of King Solomon.

Lead researcher Thomas Levy says:

We can't believe everything ancient writings tell us. But this research represents a confluence between the archaeological and scientific data and the Bible.

Levy is now working with the government of Jordan to have the area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a status the nearby ancient village of Petra already enjoys.

Related Stories:
· Copper Ruins in Jordan Bolster Biblical Record [LAT]
· King Solomon's (Copper) Mines? [UCSD]
· High-Precision Radiocarbon Dating and Biblical Archaeology [PNAS, warning science content!]
· World Heritage Sites in Jordan [Official Site]

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Red Sea, Blue Site

Where: Jordan
May 11, 2006 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)


The Jordan Tourist Board's brand-new website, is not only punny, but attractive and easily navigated as well. Its top banner sets an understated aesthetic tone that the site's sometimes bright visuals occasionally test, though never jarringly.


Several destinations grab some content on the site. Petra, an old-hat destination for archaeology and history buffs, is given its due here. The site also pushes the otherworldly landscapes of Wadi Rum, modern Amman, ancient Jerash, and Red Sea port town of Aqaba, among other places. Underwater photos taken off Aqaba are particularly breathtaking.

Some Visitor Toolbar features require pretty painless registration. The Itinerary Generator is the most useful registree-only feature on the site, with four itinerary options (General, Eco & Nature, History & Culture, and Religion & Faith) broken down into sample itineraries lasting between one and eleven days. Also interesting is the "did you know?" feature running next to articles on the right side of the site.

Jordan is quite safe for visitors, and this site certainly makes a good case for making a visit.