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Movenpick hotel on the Dead Sea, Jordan
Travel tales

Luxury or bust at the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is already the world’s lowest and saltiest sea, but it’s getting lower and saltier all the time. Its hot weather and lack of rain mean more water evaporates out than flows in. So the salt gets…

Dead Sea sunset
In pictures

Dead Sea sunsets // In pictures

The lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea is over 420 metres below normal sea level. It’s actually more a lake than a sea but is definitely dead – with water eight times saltier than the ocean, no fish…

The Monastery at Petra
Travel tales

Exploring Petra: The mountainous Monastery

After a first day visiting the Treasury and Petra’s other main sites, day two meant it was time to take some of those pathways and go exploring. And one place that I’d seen mentioned time and again as a…

The Royal Tombs and Roman columns at Petra, Jordan
Travel tales

Exploring Petra: Beyond the Treasury

When you think of Petra, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the Treasury and the famous walk through the narrow corridor of the Siq to get there. But that’s only a tiny fraction of Petra’s huge…

The temples of Petra in Jordan lit up by candles at night
In pictures

Petra by night // In pictures

As soon as I announced I was going to Petra, the one thing everyone said I must do was see it at night. On three evenings a week, the ancient city is open to visitors in the evening when…

Driving the King's Highway in Jordan
Travel tales

Road-tripping along Jordan’s King’s Highway

Two directionally challenged travellers, an Amman-wide shortage of GPS devices and one small map to cover the entire country – it wasn’t the best start to a Jordanian road trip. Our destination was Petra, and the easy way to…

A 7-day Jordan itinerary

A one-week Jordan itinerary

World-class archaeological sites, spectacular desert scenery, friendly people, delicious food and guaranteed sunshine – there are plenty of reasons to visit Jordan. Though who am I kidding, it was famous view of the Treasury at Petra seen through the…