On a week-end we drove from Amman through the mountains to the dead sea and made a quick stop at Mount Nebo. Overall this is quite an awesome drive through this biblical landscape. It doesn't look like it has changed much in the last two thousand years.
Seeing the Dead Sea for the first time, glittering in front of you, is a sight that brings you back to the age old stories you've heard in primary school. In the distance lie Jerusalem and Jericho, to the right the green Jordan valley. Only since the last peace agreement between Jordan and Israel has the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea been developed and now boasts some quality hotels such as the Marriott and the Kempinski Hotel.
We took a "day-package" at the Marriott which included access to and a dip in the Dead Sea with complimentary mud, towels, slippers, lunch and pool access. Alas, at JD 70 per person a little pricey when you don't really want to swim in a hotel pool but the food in the Italian Restaurant was good. Of course you can use the rather crowded public beach down the road for JD 15.
Back to the salty sea...it's a little difficult to image at first but it's really true, you float...the dead sea contains 8.6 times more salt in it's water then any ocean...you float. That's it.
Man, don't shave, women, don't shave either.
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