weather, people, food and culture
increasing traffic, provincial city, no anonymity for locals & residents
A great mix between Mideast and West
The Dead Sea is Divided into the Jordanian Side and the Israel (West Bank) Side. This Tip will be on The Dead Sea Part of Jordan is located at the eastern shore and the Northern Part of the Jordanian Dead Sea lies in the Madaba Governate of which Madaba City is the Capital. There are a number of Resorts at the Dead Sea like the Mariott Hotel,...more
Al-Balad, or the The Town, is the older part of Amman to makes up the core of the city. “Older part” should not be taken to mean mediaeval or Ottoman. This is a thoroughly modern section of the town, but it includes a number of buildings that are likely from the turn of the century. Despite the relative newness of this section of Amman, it is...more
While Amman does not benefit from the sort of old souq that Damascus does, it does have a few sites of urban ruins that attest to the length of urban settlement in this part of the world. One such site is the amphitheatre, which is characteristic of the Roman structures that can be found across the Mediterranean. The theatre was built in the second...more
The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman is definitely fit for a king (or queen). An Arab sheikh would like...more
The Amman Sheraton can be described aptly as an old-school Sheraton. My understanding is that part...more
Heavy on the security on the way-in.. full-on airport style metal detectors. Facilities you would...more
DON'T EAT HERE!!!!!! They were moping and dusting right next to us and when we tried to tell them we are bothered about this issue the owner of the restaurant came to us telling ": Oh,,,,it's not like we are puting the mop in your plate!!!!" He was very ironic and in top of it saying " Thank you for eating in our restaurant""" very nervous of...more
Bonita Restaurant – fine dining in casual comfort Step into Bonita’s restaurant, and enter the family dining room of a warm and comfortable Spanish casa. Cozy and intimate, with a homey fireplace and charming wait staff, you soon forget where you are…and, possibly, when you are. The quality of the food quickly snaps you back to reality, however –...more
The Grand Restaurant is the only restaurant of the 4 star Grand Palace Hotel, while the next Door 5 Star Regency Palace Hotel has four restaurants. The Grand Restaurant serves complimentary breakfast buffet to guests from 6:00 am to 10:00 am and then ala carte meals for lunch, if you are on a group package tour,like us, they also serve Dinner...more
Trader Vic's is an international chain of polynesian inspired restaurant and bars thart started in emryville california. Trader Vic's is more popular around the middle east as it has 8 outlets across the region,including one here in amman (which is located at the basement of the Regency Palace Hotel here at Queen Alia Street in Jabal Amman) and...more
The Grand Palace Hotel has only one bar cum lounge and that is the Lobby Lounge, and like many areas in Jordan, you can smoke right inside the lounge itself as the middle east is a bastion of smoking. The lobby Lounge is open 24/7 as it is just beside the front desk of the hotel. you can order an assortment of local and international beers here...more
Opening Hours 12:00-01:00.Daily Happy Hour 18:00-20:00.First Tuesday of each month Happy Hour All Night Long.Kitchen's opening hours12:00-23:30.Free WIFI Connection.The local beer is Pholadelphia and is cheaper than Amstel..Ongoing Offers:-Beer:*Special Pitcher offer for which u get a free chicken wings with each order.*Special Offer on...more
If you are flying Royal Jordanian (or not), you can get to the airport or from the airport which is about 30 minutes away for JD 3 one way. Buses leave every half hour from about 5 in the morning to 10 at night - every half hour from city terminal (Royal Jordanian office) near 7th circle to the airport. They drop you at the departure level (Level...more
Taxis are everywhere. White taxis are like shared rides going to set locations (written in Arabic on the door). You can ask any passer by and they will point you to the right car. Yellow cars are proper taxis. Some have meters, some you just negotiate the fare. To most places in Amman, the fare will be under 2-3JD by the meter, so don't pay more...more
We rode on Emirates Airlines in Going to Amman Jordan, on our first leg of our middle eastern jaunt of 3 weeks since emirates offers the best rates and with excellent service, even for economy. they have twice daily flights to and from amman fro their hub in Dubai. Emirates Airline is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 3,000...more
being one of the popular destinations in the middle east due to it's cosmopolitan atmosphere and a large expatriate population, Amman has many souvenir shops for tourists visiting the various attractions in Amman and areas nearby. these souvenir stalls sells everything from local crafts, fridge magnets, mosaic products, keychains, fridge magnets,...more
many shops and supermarkets and even the duty free stores in Amman sell Dead Sea Products made by jordanian dead sea companies like Rivage, Dolmen, Re Life, Kawar and more. As the Dead Sea is world famous for it's high mineral content which is good for the skin and for other medical ailments.Again, the Dead Sea is famous for it's high mineral and...more
Both the International Departure and Arrival Areas of the Queen Alia International Airport have duty free shops which are owned by the Jordanian Duty Free Company (JDF) and they sell all kinds of Duty free products, ranging from perfumes, spirits and liqours, chocolates, local jordanian delicacies, leather products, food stuffs and more. tourists...more
although my favorite collectible items of my travels remains the fridge magnets and shot glasses and the occasional t-shirts and keychains, I sometimes buy Starbucks Coffee Mugs from the areas I travelled if I'm in the mood to do so, so here in Amman, I was in the mood to buy and hence I bought these kitschy souvenir item as part of my collection...more
you can buy the Iconic Keffiyeh headgear of the middle east here in Jordan from the souvenir shops, at the souks. Then can be paired with the Black double cord head gear, called the AGAL. One good thing about the keffiyeh is that it can be used by both men and women as a head gear or a scarf and is a good daily use item, cheaper than the pashmina...more
this pictures will be on the Amman shot glassesBeing an avid collector of Fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, buying these items while in Amman Jordan (which is the capital city) is a must, you can buy these souvenirs everywhere, at souvenir shops, markets, stores in madaba city and even vendors and hawkers offer these products and a lot...more
Be careful when filling petrol on your rental in Amman. The attendant filled the tank and before we could pay , they signaled us to move away from the pump and charged us over what we saw the total was, when we walked to the pump to see the price it was already gone. It was JD 4 over, and we just payed it so we could get on our way.We did not have...more
The worst Travel Company ever. I sent my wife and Daughter and another family friends on one of Titanic trips to Istanbul, where they were promised that there is 1) Hotel shuttle to and from downtown, 2) hotel staff that speak both Arabic and English. 3) a guide that will check on them to ease their trip. Here's what they got 1) their friends room...more
The taxi drivr in Jordan always want more and more,the price from the airport to the city centre is 15 Dinar,Taxi drivers may ask 20 to 25.I will advice to agree on fixed price before gettin in the taxi. fixed price ask more than one taxi driver .. fixed price,ask more than one taxi driver..more
When you take taxi drivers make sure the meter is ON or have fixed price,I took a taxi at after mid-night and the driver claimed that at night the meters are not used.and the price he asked for was very high.I told a local about this he said If in any case you feel that the taxi driver is cheating you or giving you hard time just ask for the police...more
If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 510 (42x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away....more
In summer, Amman isn't so hot but short sleeves is better for visting. Shorts are also welcome, but most Jordanians wear long pants in the city.Sun glasses is also required if you don't want your eyes to be uncomfortable. Sun tan lotion is required. The sun there is very sunny. It's not only for your beautiness, it's also for your health. It's...more
we all know that Jordan is a predominantly Islamic Country, but the country is also known for it's tolerance and acceptance of it's religous minorities and christians of all denominations composes around 8 to 9% of the population and Jordan has lots of Sites that are special of Christians on a Holyland Pilgrimage and one of the major tourist...more
We went to Amman and other parts of Jordan as part of a holyland pilgrimage of Roman Catholics and with a Dominican Order Priest as a pilgrimage Priest, hence we always have daily masses before the start of tours and before we went on a Petra Day Tour, we heard mass in one the the Roman Catholic Church here in the As Sweiffiyeh District of Amman....more
Jordan's second most important archaeological site, Jerash, is one of the best preserved Roman cities around. It is complete with magnificent temples, theatres, and colonnades , along with countless Byzantine period churches with beautiful mosaics. Jerash is a must see in Jordan!For more, take a look at the Jerash page.more
The Hashemite Hash House Harriers runs every Monday at 6.30pm. Visitors are welcome to get in touch and join the regulars for a planned Hare and Hounds run followed by a social gathering (involving lots of beer, some food and some chat).
Walkers can also welcome - the run/walk is organised so the two groups finish at the same time and place.
There's a small charge to cover costs.
Contact the organisers for more information, meeting place, etc.
This is a great way to meet people who are actually living in Jordan, not just passing through.
Walking in downtown Amman can also be another highlights in Jordan. Why?! It was my personal experience: "Welcome,welcome to Amman" "Thank you..."( taking a photo of Amman Library ) "Do you speak Arbic?!" "No, sorry..." "Ah...welcome, your first trip here?!" "Yes...Shukran (Thank you in Arabic)" "Where you from?!" "Taiwan" "Thailand?!" "No no no,...more
Islam is the state religion of Jordan but there is freedom of worship here as 10 percent of the population are christians of all denominations and a sprinkling of jews, druze and alawites. There are lots of Mosques around amman with different designs and architectural styles, mirroring the different periods of occupation of Jordan. The largest of...more