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Royal Jordanian, London To Aqaba Via Amman. Part 2  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3342 posts, RR: 12
Posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 15244 times:

Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. Part 2

***Warning, there are a LOT of non-aviation photos in the first part. I tried to keep them to a minimum, but Jordan is so damn photogenic!***
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This report leaves off from Part 1, where I had just picked up my hire car from Aqaba. I had originally planned on spending a night on the Red Sea coast, but after evaluating my itinerary (I only had 6 nights), I decided to head straight off to Wasdi Rum, where I joined a 4x4 overnight jeep tour (which was amazing). If you head out there, make sure you get in touch with www.bedouinadventures.com

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My guide milking a camel – and no, I didn’t try it!
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Arabic tea
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I’m the King of the World!
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Sunset
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Camping
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After a brilliant night camping in Wadi Rum, I drove up to Petra, the World Famous Rose City. Roni covered this is his recent report on RJ as well.


My hummer
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It’s very hard to describe the site of Petra. Looking at it on a map/seeing photos, and being there in person are two completely different things. It’s an enormous site, with hundred of different temples and ancient sites. I spent 2 days there, and saw a lot, but not everything.

The Siq leading down to the Treasury
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The Monastery
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GBP 5.50 for a beer! Yikes, but it was definitely a welcome treat!


Scrambling out to Petra ‘the back way’, with the help of a lovely French family


Non-alcoholic beer with dinner. Yuch
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Mansaf
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Shobak Castle


Hotsprings
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Karak Castle
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The Dead Sea Highway
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I spent the night near the Wadi Mujib National Park, at the Government run Mujib Chalets. Beautiful place, although the chalets were quite basic, and expensive. It was great waking up with a view of the Dead Sea.
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After a night on the Dead Sea shore, I did the Siq Trail, described (very acurately) as ‘Petra with Water’. It was fairly hands on (you get very wet), but it was a fantastic experience wading down this little canyon.
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From the Dead Sea, I drove up to Madaba, home of a lot of very nice mosaics.
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After Madaba, I drove back to Amman Airport, where I dropped off the car. After my hassles picking up the car in Aqaba, I was hoping for some better service in Amman. It was not to be. The Avis rep was very rude, and tired to get me to pay again for my pre-paid rental. On my return to the UK, I managed to get a Euro 50 voucher out to Avis, so it wsn’t too bad in the end.

Driving on the tarmac on approach to the old terminals at AMM, sandwiched between the new and old.
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From Amman Airport, I took a taxi to the city centre (I’m glad I didn’t drive – Amman is a nightmare compared to the rest of the country).
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Amman Roman theatre


I took a day trip to Jerash and Um Qais from Amman. This happened to coincide with a national school trip day for Jordanian school children. It was interesting to see (they were very raucous), and they played/sang some interesting music, but it was very busy with them.
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The Sea of Galilee as seen from Um Qais
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After an action packed week in Jordan, I took a taxi back to AMM for my flight home.
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Once again, I checked in at the very nice Crown Class check in area. They have their own private passport control, and security screening area, so it only took five minutes from the curb to the lounge.
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A nice late breakfast in the lounge
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Alcoholic drinks are available from a serviced bar. I got a G&T with lemon. Not bad, but not the best either.


The Games room
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Economy Class check in. The Business Class section in the box at the top left
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I had a quick look around the duty free, and bought a bottle of Tanquery Export Gin (very nice stuff) for USD 18. In the UK, it’d be around GBP 30, so quite a bargain.

The queue for security at the gate
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Once again, the flight was 100% full, seemingly with lots of transfer pax from BKK. This time I’d managed to get a seat behind the wing.
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April 2011
Amman Queen Alia (AMM) – London Heathrow (LHR)
Royal Jordanian RJ 111
Scheduled: 1150-1525 (5h35m)
Actual: 1211-1505 (4h54m)
A330 JY-AIF

Once again, we took off a little behind schedule, without any reason given.
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Around 40 minutes after departure, a drink was served (yes, I got another G&T), along with some nuts.
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An hour after the drinks service, lunch was served. I went with the meatballs and rice – very tasty.
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I watched a couple of films on the PTV, whilst enjoying my G&Ts (and a couple of beers). The staff were very good and accommodating requests.
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Flying over Antwerp
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After quite a few loops of southern London, we landed a good twenty minutes ahead of schedule.
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Verdict: RJ were very good. Thanks to the special offer fare, I got some great flights, for a reasonable price. The normal return price is pretty high given the flight length. Lot of pax seem to be in transit to the Far East, with fares all the way to BKK similar to AMM terminating flights.

Jordan is a beautiful country. It’s so easy to drive around (except Amman), and the sights really are 1st class. Don’t go expecting a cheap trip, however. A one day entrance ticket to Petra is a stonking USD 70! Petrol prices have doubled in the past year, and prices for everyday items are also quickly rising.

Thanks for reading, and please comment away!


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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 14990 times:

Hi Gabrielchew,
Thanks for the photos of Jordan - they bring some pleasant memories flooding back. Petra is amazing. It is hard to believe how big it is until you get there. And there colours in the soils of Wadi Rum add to the atmosphere.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My guide milking a camel – and no, I didn’t try it!

Do you mean milking the camel or drinking the milk?

It seems RJ offered you a decent service at a reasonable price. Can't ask for much more than that.

Thanks for sharing.
Quokka


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 14961 times:

Hi Gabriel,

you posted two interesting reports about RJ and Jordan. The landscape looks nice, I should really visit Jordan one day. RJ's product looks fine, I like the fact that they have also installed PTVs on the A32X fleet.

What plane will you get on the PEK-FRA leg later this year? LH super heavy?


PH

[Edited 2011-05-22 07:26:10]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3342 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 14831 times:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 1):

Thanks for the photos of Jordan - they bring some pleasant memories flooding back. Petra is amazing. It is hard to believe how big it is until you get there. And there colours in the soils of Wadi Rum add to the atmosphere.

Yeah, Jordan is an amazing country

Quoting Quokka (Reply 1):

Do you mean milking the camel or drinking the milk?

Both! Although maybe I should have tried (both)!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 1):

It seems RJ offered you a decent service at a reasonable price. Can't ask for much more than that.

No, you can't

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

you posted two interesting reports about RJ and Jordan. The landscape looks nice, I should really visit Jordan one day.

Everyone should visit Jordan, at least once. I feel the need to head out into the Eastern deserts the next time I'm there.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
RJ's product looks fine, I like the fact that they have also installed PTVs on the A32X fleet.

Yes, it was nice to see the PTV on the A32S. RJ use them on some quite long sectors.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

What plane will you get on the PEK-FRA leg later this year? LH super heavy?

Yes, I'm on the super-heavy!

LHR-MUC A321
MUC-FRA A321
FRA-NKG A343
PEK-FRA A388
FRA-LCY E90



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 14792 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Yes, I'm on the super-heavy!

LHR-MUC A321
MUC-FRA A321
FRA-NKG A343
PEK-FRA A388
FRA-LCY E90

Good choice! Will be interesting to read about your experience. Upper deck or main deck?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 14755 times:

Hi gabrielchew,

What an amazing TR! Not because i am Jordanian, but because you showed me so many parts of Jordan that i have never seen before!  

I has considered doing the bedouin camp while in Petra last year, but the whole trip happened on to short notice. And now i regret not taking it up!

The mansaf you had looked too commercial, and definitely not authentic. And i am sure they charged more than an arm and a leg for it! Unfortunately, Jordan is too expensive; and in many cases more than Europe.

Good to also see that RJ did not fail to impress this time. I think it would be safe to say that RJ offers a decent Economy Class product, and a premium product that can be a little rough around the edges  


Thanks a lot for sharing!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3342 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14661 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Upper deck or main deck?

Unfortunately i'm in Y, so downstairs....hoping for an op-up...we can all dream can't we!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
What an amazing TR!

Thanks!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
Not because i am Jordanian, but because you showed me so many parts of Jordan that i have never seen before!

I has considered doing the bedouin camp while in Petra last year, but the whole trip happened on to short notice. And now i regret not taking it up!

Well, being Jordanian, I'm sure you'll have plenty of oppoutunities to explore Jordan!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
The mansaf you had looked too commercial, and definitely not authentic. And i am sure they charged more than an arm and a leg for it!

Well, it tasted ok actually, although I'm sure a real Jordanian would disagree. I think it cost about 7JOD.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 14441 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
Unfortunately i'm in Y, so downstairs....hoping for an op-up...we can all dream can't we!

The seat itself is comfortable, but you should be careful with the control buttons in the right armrest. I touched them unintentionally several times. However, you will definitely enjoy the tail camera view, no matter if you end up in Y or J Class.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinehenrikg From Sweden, joined May 2011, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14312 times:

Hi gabrielchew!

Thank you for a great trip report!
I must say that a trip to Jordan never crossed my mind earlier, however, after reading your TR I'm quite tempted to give it a try. Maybe next year, who knows?
RJ seems to offer a solid economy product as well.
BTW, how come you don't like wing seats?


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14277 times:

Hi, again, gabrielchew,

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
*Warning, there are a LOT of non-aviation photos in the first part. I tried to keep them to a minimum, but Jordan is so damn photogenic!***

Love it, such an amazing country, well done and thanx a lot to show it to us en detail.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1350 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14030 times:

Hey,

Thank you for those 2 parts of a great trip report. I was waiting a long time to see report about AMM-AQJ. Couldn't you take photos of AQJ airport at all? how big is the terminal? I always think its funny how ETH airport is so small and very busy with it's tiny terminal always full, while AQJ airport, just 4 km away, with it's huge runway is relatively empty.

Jordan is great, I've been to all places you been to (more then once) and I loved them all. Naturally, we Israelis cross the border by bus and do not fly there. Did you go inside the dead sea?

You may find interesting my two Eilat trip reports:

EL-AL Inaugural Domestic Flight 1.8.2010 TLV-ETH (by EL-AL Aug 2 2010 in Trip Reports)

Inside Israel: SDV-ETH-TLV; Israir & Arkia (+pics) (by EL-AL May 19 2010 in Trip Reports)

Thx for a great read,
LY



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1962 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13936 times:
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Amazing report! I'd love to visit Jordan; your views of the country were incredible!

RJ looks very nice in both Economy and Crown Class (seen this covered in other reports ... ) I'd definitely like to give them a try!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew


User currently offlineflykev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 13763 times:
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Brilliant set of trip reports, Jordan looks like an amazing country with some real must see sights. Very photographic!

Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us, and I look forward to seeing your future travels!

Kev.



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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2311 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 13480 times:

Dude very nice photos! I have to see the world!


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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 12733 times:

Hi gabrielchew,

Most excellent photos and sights of the wonderful places you've visited indeed! I personally have a liking for the picture of the sleeping frog! It really looked like you had a very exciting adventure through Jordan and your pictures show me a place I only can imagine through through visuals!

Judging from your pictures, the cabin on RJ looks very comfortable indeed and the IFE, with a wonderful flight map system, is just excellent. I guessed only two options were available for your inbound flight as well?

Its nice to hear that you've had a great trip onboard RJ and immersed yourself in the amazing sights of Jordan, more so, having did it for a steal on the airfare!

Thanks for sharing!

RvXKaz



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User currently offlinezalemam From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 12711 times:

Awesome Trip report! I miss Jordan so much! Hopefully I'll be there for good in a couple of years!

I went on a day trip to Petra, and Wadi Rum...I definitely should have stayed a couple more days in Petra and Camped in Rum

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
The mansaf you had looked too commercial, and definitely not authentic. And i am sure they charged more than an arm and a leg for it! Unfortunately, Jordan is too expensive; and in many cases more than Europe

Yeah That Mansaf looked weak haha, you need a whole 'sidr' of Mansaf like this:



Agreed, Jordan is extremely expensive these days! Inflation is through the roof.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3342 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 12592 times:

Quoting henrikg (Reply 8):

Thank you for a great trip report!

Glad you liked it!

Quoting henrikg (Reply 8):

RJ seems to offer a solid economy product as well.

Yeah, I'm very happy with the service

Quoting henrikg (Reply 8):
BTW, how come you don't like wing seats?

Cos you can't see much on approach or at the airport...I like have a clear view!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Love it, such an amazing country, well done and thanx a lot to show it to us en detail.

Yeah it's a great country.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 10):
Couldn't you take photos of AQJ airport at all? how big is the terminal?

Well, I *could've* taken a photo, but there were a loot of airport staff around. The terminal is pretty small, but there is plenty of tarmac space.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 10):

You may find interesting my two Eilat trip reports:

I had a look at those, the routes either side of the border seem identical!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 11):
your views of the country were incredible!

Thanks!

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 13):
Dude very nice photos! I have to see the world!

INdeed you should, everyone should go and see the world!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 14):

Most excellent photos and sights of the wonderful places you've visited indeed! I personally have a liking for the picture of the sleeping frog! It really looked like you had a very exciting adventure through Jordan and your pictures show me a place I only can imagine through through visuals!

Glad you like the photos. That frog was sitting on a step ladder, and I very nearly squashed him.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 14):

Judging from your pictures, the cabin on RJ looks very comfortable indeed and the IFE, with a wonderful flight map system, is just excellent. I guessed only two options were available for your inbound flight as well?

Yeah, only 2 options on the way back too.

Quoting zalemam (Reply 15):
I went on a day trip to Petra, and Wadi Rum...I definitely should have stayed a couple more days in Petra and Camped in Rum

1 day isn't nearly enough, but lots of tourists try'

Quoting zalemam (Reply 15):

Yeah That Mansaf looked weak haha, you need a whole 'sidr' of Mansaf like this:

That looks like a good mansaf!



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11428 times:

Hi gabrielchew,

Wow, what a stunning covering about RJ and Jordan. After reading both part of your reports, I feel inspired to visit the country one day.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
***Warning, there are a LOT of non-aviation photos in the first part. I tried to keep them to a minimum, but Jordan is so damn photogenic!***
I do not mind at all. Many thanks for sharing this.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It’s very hard to describe the site of Petra. Looking at it on a map/seeing photos, and being there in person are two completely different things. It’s an enormous site, with hundred of different temples and ancient sites. I spent 2 days there, and saw a lot, but not everything.
Amazing! I did not expect Petra to be that huge!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
GBP 5.50 for a beer! Yikes, but it was definitely a welcome treat!
I can imagine it. Is there any local alcoholic brew available?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but it was a fantastic experience wading down this little canyon.
What a nice greeting from the cute little frog.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I drove up to Madaba, home of a lot of very nice mosaics
It somehow reminds me of Paphos.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
took a day trip to Jerash and Um Qais from Amman
Jerash and Um Qais just look beautiful!

Thank you so much for sharing. Nice to know that no one stopped you from taking pictures on board of RJ.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 40
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10956 times:

what a great report! Jordania is also on my short list for future vacation!

RJ looks like has a gread soft product, but I am shocked that they are serving such a bad beere that Henniger is, at least bad for german standards!

thank you
Avianca



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10778 times:
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Finally found the time to read and enjoy the pictures, great stuff GC!

The scenery is fantastic, love the pictures from Petra, have shown the wife and said we must go when we get a chance.

Good to see you enjoyed RJ, am keen to try then on our next trip to Asia.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3342 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10627 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Wow, what a stunning covering about RJ and Jordan. After reading both part of your reports, I feel inspired to visit the country one day.

Thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
Amazing! I did not expect Petra to be that huge!

Yes, it an enormous site

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
I can imagine it. Is there any local alcoholic brew available?

No! Well, maybe in Christian areas

Quoting akhmad (Reply 17):
What a nice greeting from the cute little frog.

I nearly stepped on him - he was sitting in a very bad place!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 18):
what a great report! Jordania is also on my short list for future vacation!

Yeah, it's a great country!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 18):
RJ looks like has a gread soft product, but I am shocked that they are serving such a bad beere that Henniger is, at least bad for german standards!

Actually, it tasted ok, but I had had quite a few G&Ts by then!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
Finally found the time to read and enjoy the pictures, great stuff GC!

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
The scenery is fantastic, love the pictures from Petra, have shown the wife and said we must go when we get a chance.

Good that the wife has given a provisional thumbs up! It is a really nice place! You should definately stay at the Mujib chalets on the Dead Sea.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):

Good to see you enjoyed RJ, am keen to try then on our next trip to Asia.

Yeah, they're not a bad outfit, and in C, you can get a load of cheap(ish) Tier Points with BA!



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10618 times:
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Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 20):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):

Good to see you enjoyed RJ, am keen to try then on our next trip to Asia.

Yeah, they're not a bad outfit, and in C, you can get a load of cheap(ish) Tier Points with BA!

- That's the plan!  

Cheers

Mark



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