We flew to Jordan from Cairo and then visited the place where Christ was baptized and swam in the Dead Sea. The next week we came back to Jordan to visit Petra.
Date(s): April 2012. Album by Kathie Muench. Photos by Kathie Muench. 1 - 21 of 21 Total. 253 Visits.
1 View of Jordan out of the window of the bus.
2 Lush, green farmland of Jordan, called the Basket of Jordan, out the bus window.
3 Five new churches are under construction on the hills overlooking the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized.
4 One of the new churches.
5 Another new church.
6 Two more new churches that are nearly finished.
7 One of the old churches down close to the banks of the Jordan River.
8 Another old church by the river.
10 A view of the Jordan River.
11 We walked through this gate to a covered area by the river, the spot that is thought to be the one where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
12 The 88 members of the tour sit by the Jordan and listen to Michael Wilcox read the scriptures and share his thoughts about the baptism of Jesus.
13 Directly across the river from us, a few people get ready to be baptized in the river. The men to be baptized dove clear under and were immersed. The women sat down in the shallow water and splashed water on themselves.
14 This section of the Jordan River is narrow and muddy.
15 A view of the Jordan desert that isn't lush and green but is magnificently beautiful, to me.
16 The swimming pool next to the Dead Sea for wimpy people who don't want to swim in salt water.
17 We swam at the Dead Sea, which is 31% salt, 10 times saltier than the ocean. Nothing lives in it. The black mud at the bottom is prized for its 21 minerals and collagen which are supposed to make you look younger if you apply it to your face. We had so much fun floating and trying to sink.
18 Beautiful Bougainvillea was everywhere in every color imaginable.
19 Intercontinental Amman Hotel where we stayed. Our luggage was scanned with a hand held "vapor detector" before we could take it to our rooms. All buildings in Amman must be built of white limestone. The all-glass shower in the hotel was pure luxury. The water sprayed from holes in the ceiling, so I dubbed it the jungle shower.
20 I don't know how to describe the hotel stairway--art deco? I guess the photo will have to speak for itself.
21 Not surprisingly, this hotel is a popular place for weddings.