Friday, July 29, 2011

Amman Beach, Dead Sea

Dead Sea is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west.
Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, the lowest elevation on the Earth's surface.  With 33.7% salinity, it is also one of the world's saltiest bodies of water.
This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name.

Pictures were taken on July 23, 2011

Entrance fee was 15JD per adult which included the use of swimming pool,
showers and their changing rooms.
However, the showers/changing rooms were quite unsanitary.
If you are planning to spend a full day in the Dead Sea, pay an extra 10 JD
and go to O Beach or the Dead Sea Spa.

It is nearly impossible to sink in the hypersalinated waters.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Great Sphinx of Giza

Among the marvels of Egypt perhaps the Great Sphinx of Giza is second to none.
The mysterious colossus with the head of a man and the body of a lion is not at all uncommon in Egyptian architectural adornment, but the Great Sphinx fills the observer with wonder and awe
by its gigantic and monumental proportions. Sphinx is the largest monolith statue in the world,
standing 73.5 metres long, 6 metres wide, and 20.22 m  high.

Pictures were taken on July 19, 2011