Dead Sea, Jordan: What is it really like?

Dead Sea, Jordan: What is it really like?

We’ve all see the TV footage. A presenter floats, feet pointing skyward, on a vivid blue sea. Cold drink in hand, barren hills in the background, they deliver a perfectly composed piece to camera while the buoyancy of the Dead Sea holds them steady on the surface of the water. It seems exotic and exciting, but what is swimming in the Dead Sea really like? It's possible to visit the Dead Sea from two countries. Israel has half the coastline and many places to bathe, but my Dead Sea experience took Read more [...]
Jordan desert tours: Qasr Azraq & the Jordan desert castles

Jordan desert tours: Qasr Azraq & the Jordan desert castles

As often happens when you're me, I found myself in the Jordanian capital, Amman, one Sunday in September with nothing to do. I have a tendency to do this; I book group tours which start on, let's say, a Monday, and rather than waste a weekend at home when I could be seeing the world, I head to my destination a day early. Anyway, I had a day to kill, and plans to explore Amman with a group the following day, so I looked for alternatives. The Jordan desert castles were not something I knew anything Read more [...]