Susan and Fiona were right… We are at the Dead Sea in Jordan 🙂 .. although sorry Susan, I don’t think there is any such thing as a cruise on the Dead Sea, in fact I have never seen a boat of any sort here!
I have been having a lovely relax…. DH had to work the first day, but we have tacked on a few days and are having a nice little vacation. It is good to see hubby relax a bit too, he’s been so busy at work the past few months.
There isn’t much at the Dead Sea, just resorts which have spas for skin treatment. People from all over the world come here to get help with skin conditions, and the minerals from the Dead Sea seem to help.
The water itself is so strange – obviously it is extremely salty and also very oily. The mud from the sea also seems to be very good for you, so people wander down there and cover themselves with mud. One of the very fancy hotels here that we visited once has the mud carted up to near the hotel so you don’t have to walk all the way down to the sea 🙂
Our hotel doesn’t have that, so I walked down on day one… and guess what I saw?
Gee, those pinwheels sure do get around, don’t they?!
See all the salt in between the stones and the water… When you do get in the sea to have a float (you really can’t swim in there!), you need to be so careful not to splash the water in your eyes – it stings!
It was quite warm and on the way back up to our room my pinwheels and I took a break in the shade…
Since nothing much grows naturally they of course have planted some lovely gardens at the resort. This flower is one of my favorites, we had it in Indonesia where I grew up:
Ok, some fun facts about the Dead Sea:
- it is the strangest sensation when you get into the water and you really, really can’t sink. No matter how hard you try!
- the mud is nice and squishy and everyone around you is slathering it onto their skin… so you do too…
- the water is oily and slimey, and you convince yourself it is very good for you 🙂
- the water is almost 10 times as salty as sea water
- the Dead Sea is actually a lake and is more than 400 meters below sea level. Driving from the airport you keep going down, down, down for over an hour… and my ears were popping…
- because of the diversion of the Jordan river, the Dead Sea is actually shrinking, which is not good for tourism.. we could tell that the coastline has receded since we were here last…
- the Dead Sea borders Jordan and Israel – if you look at the first photo in this post, you can see Israel across the sea…
- And last but not least, if you are very, very lucky, you can walk along the Dead Sea and find 3D pinwheels….:)
Well that’s all for now folks… I am going to keep relaxing, and of course do a bit of stitching with all my colors of the rainbow 🙂
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