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Month: September 2016 (page 2 of 2)

Abraham Path, Ajloun to Orjan Valley

We started our trek at the visitor center of Ajloun Castle whrere we also met our guide Eisa (Jesus).

Our group with Ajloun Castle in the background.

Our path was leading us through olive tree gardens and desert forests of wild pine trees, Kermes Oak trees and wild Strawberry trees. The ground covered with rocks and dry, red soil required to be attended to with each step.

A forest of dry thistles with a view to the Jordan Valley and the West Bank.

A Wild Strawberry Tree

Our first longer stop was at Mar Elyas, a now deteriorated church dedicated to the prophet Elias. He was born in the closeby village Lisbit nearly 3000 years ago.

View from the apsis of the church to the west entrance with a sophisticated water collecting system. The tree in the front is covered with wishing bands.

Mosaic of the church floor.

The Jordan police is known to be very friendly. They invited us for tea.

Mosque dedicated to Elias.

Near Orjan village we passed orchards of 2000 years old olive trees planted by the Romans. Some were even older.

Several thousands of years old olive tree.

The sweet smell of figs filled the air in the valley near Orjan. A well provided plenty of water for the fruit orchards.

We stayed overnight in the house of Eisa. His wife cooked delicious food for us.

Walking the Abraham Path in Jordan (Jordan Trail)

The Abraham  Path is a new long-distance hiking route following the footsteps of Abraham across the Middle East. The 400km route starts in Turkey and ends in Israel. I am very happy that I can walk the Jordan part of the trail with my son Lorenz and his wife Ale.

The trail starts in Ajloun, an ancient city one hour car drive north of Amman.

  • The castle of Ajloun was built by the ruler Saladin in 1164 as a defense against the crusaders. One of the famous crusaders was Richard Lionheart who was injured when he attacked the castle.

Entrance to the castle

Fantastic cupola withstanding 2 serious earthquakes

The castle is very spacious and has 9 cisterns for water supply.

Saladin’s logo- a flower and a sword.

We are staying overnight in Eco Camp, an eco- friendly lodge and organic farm. The hospitality is incredible and the food delicious.

Tree house on the farm

These two goat babies were born today

Preparing dinner for us and for the two families living there

The red wine was produced in the farm. The meat was wrapped in bread and served in the plastic bag to keep it warm.

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