Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sightseeing Saturday

Our next adventure while in Jordan was a visit to the Dead Sea. On this day, I was only the photographer since I did not think to bring a swimsuit with me.

The Dead Sea is considered one of most amazing places in the world. The valley at the Dead Sea is over 400 feet below sea level, the lowest point on the face of the earth. Once the Jordan River and other rivers flow into the Dead Sea, they are land-locked and have nowehere to go. "They evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals that supply industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products."
"The Dead Sea is flanked by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west, giving it an almost other-worldly beauty. Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar."

"The leading attraction at the Dead Sea is the warm, soothing, super salty water itself - some ten times saltier than sea water, and rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others. The unusually warm , incredibly buoyant and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the beautiful Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. All of whom have luxuriated in the Dead Sea's rich, black sun, stimulating mud and floated effortlessly on their backs while soaking up the water's healthy minerals along with the gently diffused rays of the Jordanian."
So much for history and the medicinal, holistic benefits of the Dead Sea. My kids said that the salty water burned, everywhere, so they spent the rest of the day at the pool.
At least we can say we've been there. Next week, we visit the Roman city of Jerash in Jordan. It's an amazing place!

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Wishing you a wonderful day full of peace and beauty! Blessings, Tammy


Cynthia K. said...

Hi Tammy ~ Oh, I really enjoyed this little trip to the Dead Sea with you - very interesting - how wonderful that ya'll are getting to go to these wonderful sites, so many of them mentioned in the Bible.

I really liked the previous post too about Time in a Bottle - very creative and clever.

Have a Beautifully Blessed New Year.

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

Rose said...

I am always fascinated by photos of any area that is mentioned in Scripture. My dad spent several months at Timnah on an archeological dig. I loved all the photos he came home with.
Have a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

You have started my new year by teaching me something. How wonderful!! I love to see your pictures and read all the facts you have accumulated about your travels. Really, it looks like a fascinating place. I still have the turquoise bath salts you brought me from there. Thanks for sharing your travels. It makes me want to come back to see it for myself!!

Have a great day!

Unknown said...

This was a lovely post, Tammy. Very informative and fun. Glad your family enjoyed their day. Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope 2010 brings with it many blessings to all of you.

Jane said...

Good Morning Tammy,
I really enjoyed your post. It looks like the family had a great time. I can imagine that salt water burning. At least the boys gave it a try. That pool looked amazing. Thanks for taking us along on the trip.

Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday said...

Thanks for sharing! I've always wanted to see the Dead Sea. :)

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Tammy: That place looks amazing. What a wonderful education your children are getting first hand. It makes me feel like I was there too. Blessings friend, Martha

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I've never been there either and now I have thanks to you!!!
Tammy, you are officially my favorite "tour guide" ever! I love how you take me to places that I so long to go but know I'll never make it to that side of the world!!!
Those two boys are so fortunate to this opportunity to be so "worldly"...I never thought I'd be jealous of two little guys! haha
Seriously, this was awesome...thank you for the trip!
Happy New Year Tammy, I'm looking forward to spending another year with you...and traveling with you too ;)
everything vintage

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

I have always wanted to visit the Dead Sea.
Thanks for 'taking' me along with you.
I'm giggling about the salt water/pool from the kiddos.


Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

Hi Tammy! Thanks for sharing your journeys with us! And for your research and information on each adventure!!! I love reading about them.

Anonymous said...

I too have enjoyed visiting all these wonderful places with you. You are a great tour guide. That part of the seems so fascinating to me, probably because I will never get there. I can sure enjoy hearing it from you better than a book or documentary with a voice I know nothing about. Thanks so much for sharing.

Judi said...

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing sights I would never be able to see and actually providing the histories of the locations your are visiting. I'd love to soak in the mineral rich waters ~ sounds sooo soothing. Judi

Sandi said...

Hi Tammy,
You are so fortunate to be where all these amazing places are. I always wondered what it would be like to float effortlessly on the dead sea. I just heard about that on TV...because of the high salt content they say. Fun times...enjoy them!!

Linda said...

Dear Tammy,
Thanks for sharing this ~ it was very interesting reading and I enjoyed the photos as well. I always wondered about the Dead Sea... if perhaps this is one place, this non-swimmer, could in fact fearlessly float, lol. :D

Hope you're having a great weekend. One more day and an evening and it's back to work and school, but now that I have everything packed away and the house is all clean, I'm sort of excited about the prospects of the days to come. Lots to look forward to for sure.

Kind regards,

Unknown said...

That was soo cool Tammy! I would have loved to go swimming in there. I love your little tours and I enjoy living vicariously through you...
My family would have ended up in the pool too.
Have a wonderful day.


Vicki said...

Hi, Tammy,
I enjoyed so much learning more about the Dead Sea and seeing your wonderful pictures of it. I have read about it in the Bible, how wonderful to actually see it in person. I had heard that you could float in the water effortlessly, and it seems that is true. Your boys seem to be really enjoying the pool. Have a blessed week, my friend! Vicki

miruspeg said...

Tammy thanks for taking us on another adverture, you make a great tour guide!
I always enjoy visiting your blog....I come away feeling uplifted.

Here is an Irish blessing from me to you:
"May the sun shine all day long, everything go right and nothing wrong. May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true!"

Peggy xxxx

♥Mimi♥ said...

I just ♥ visiting these places on your blog through your eyes. There is a much more personal tone and you tell it like it is - not like someone else wants you to believe it is. You are living an enchanted life right now and I am so thrilled to be sharing it with you through your blog.

Anonymous said...

Loved this post, Tammy! :) I wonder if Cleo thought the salty water burned?
Thank you for taking us along with you - getting to visit new places, even when it is just via blogging, is a joy.
Have a wonderful day,

Rita said...
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Rita said...

dear Tammy,
I've enjoyed your post so much. I enjoyed every word you word and each photo you've posted. You're a superb reporter...thank you for sharing this marvelous adventure of yours.
Have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010 with many more adventures to share. I'll be looking forward to your next one.

LP Vintage said...

Wow, I can't believe you are in such amazing places and have time to look at my blog as well!! Savour every moment of your adventure !
Best wishes for all the best in 2010! Lorraine of lpvintage.

GwendolynKay said...

Thanks for the interesting info. Are you guys on vacation? Is school out?

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for this little peek into life half a world away! It's all so beautiful, you're very lucky! :-)


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