1. Memories of Jordan

The Dead Sea, Jordan — 25th October 2012

The sun sets as I relax at a hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, which borders Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. The surface of the sea and shoreline are 423 metres below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land.

Today I'm starting a brief series on my last holiday abroad (without twins!) as a general personal pick me up as we approach the autumn and winter months ahead.

After the excellent summer we have enjoyed in London draws to an end, I recently began reminiscing about a trip I made to the beautiful and historic kingdom of Jordan in Western Asia last year. That meant memories of overeating, sleep and wine (cue the violins).

I used to travel a lot before having children, but Jordan had never been on my personal radar until a friend suggested we visit the country for a few days sunshine. We loved it. I was lucky enough to spend five nights at the Kempinski Hotel, Ishtar and I took this photo after floating for 30 minutes in the Dead Sea, one of the world's saltiest bodies of water.

At the beach, bathers smother gooey black mud (with reputed health-giving properties) all over their bodies before hobbling into the body of water with 33.7% salinity.

I just watched!