This morning my hubby and I got together with my brother in laws family and decided to do something different for a change and eat our breakfast in what is globally known as the lowest point on the map. It is around 417m (1,368ft) bellow sea level which is pretty low so it was also a lot warmer than the rest of Jordan at this time of year. The ocean which meets Jordan here is the dead sea, a body of water which has no animal or plant life due to the high content of salt in the water. Though it is also fort his very reason people come here to use the age old spar treatments which utilise the mineral rich mud and waters.
We got all our things in the car summer clothes, towels sun hats etc and set off. At Madaba, a small spa town down the road from our home we bought our breakfast feast of sandwiches, pop, crunchy veggies and bananas and continued on our way. Spirits were high as we travelled with the radio on and I kept my camera out the whole time so that I could get some snaps of any nice views we came by.
We had a short water and photo break at Mount Nebo - Which is where Musa (Moses) is meant to have lived the final years of his life. Here is a christian pilgrimage site as there is a monastery on the mount said to contain the tomb of Musa. It is a tourist spot but its not difficult to see why people come if not for the historical or religious sights the views are breathtaking. Especially at his time of year when the ground is fertile and green and the heat hasn't gotten too much.
Snaking down towards the dead sea we passed Bedouin homes and small farms which reminded me of how you can see so many different ways of life here in one country. From the Arab tribes men who still to this day live in tents out in all weathers with their livestock secured by the doorstep to the opulent stylish homes of the business connected with their flawless white stone villas and lush gardens. From the small above-shop familys who hang their long lines of washing across their streets sky lines to the wealthy Saudis with their taste for everything expensive. My clever other half bought some chewing gum for us before we started the decent towards the dead sea. This is something I recommend for anyone who visits as the change in air pressure can cause a little discomfort and so chewing gum helps to make the transition to a higher pressure environment easier. At this point it seemed to be way too much excitement for my poor son Zaki boo and he fell asleep in the careful arms of his cousin.
The charge for fort he beach was relatively low and although we quickly realised it would have been better to come earlier (this trip was a kind of spur oft he moment thing lol!) we did manage to get a reasonably good sun shade with table and chairs provided and ate a really quite hearty breakfast watching the other families arriving in droves. Some coming with drums so they could have a sing along chorusing and beating their instruments as the went past us down the beach. There were small kiosks on the beach selling everything from hats and souvenirs to BBQ meats, cans of drink and hubbly bubblys ( fruit flavoured tobacco smoked in a bong-nothing illegal lol). At the public beach there was soo much to see. all the youngsters put their bathing suits on,I got my camera ready and we all went down to the waters edge to paddle. Iyad (my husband) took bb Zak into the water and let him stand up to his chest in the sea which he seemed to like a lot. The salt was very good for his skin so I was glad he took to it well. After about 10-15 minutes when the charm was starting to wear off a little we turned back to the sun shade, washed some of the salt from our infants legs and packed our things to go home. We got a call from my parents in law who had been out and bought a take away BBQ dinner from one of the restaurants in Madabar (local spa town) so what a lovely continuation to the day. My sister in law had also made one of her creations which this time was a layered cake with cream and fruit running through the middle and raspberry jelly (jello) on top. Sounds strange but I assure you it was delicious!!!!!. After dinner bb Zak zonked out, clearly the sea air was like a sleeping pill for him and he slept the majority of the afternoon. awwww!!!!!!! What a lovely day!!!!!!