Making Mosaics in Madaba, Jordan

I adore mosaics. Any time during my travels that I found there is a mosaic nearby, I go see it. This ancient form of art dating back to the 3rd Century B.C. sure can’t be found anywhere in my modern-day home country of the United States, but happily I see mosaics frequently amidst the thousands-of-years-old […]

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How to Travel Overland from Jordan to Egypt

Traveling from Jordan to Egypt and back need not involve flying. While the two countries are not connected by land, they do have two geographic commonalities: Israel and the Red Sea. Traveling from one country to the next via land or water is not only cheaper than flying – it is quite easy. I recently […]

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“Come With Me to My Mother’s Cave, for Tea”

Have you ever met anyone who lives in a cave? I’ve met two. In January of this year, when I was touring through Jordan courtesy of the Jordan Tourism Board, I spent one day exploring the ancient wonder that is Petra. It was after I’d climbed back down the 800 steps which lead up to […]

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Climbing 800 Steps to Petra’s Monastery

Petra is one of the greatest must-see’s of the Middle East and, in fact, the world. What fascinates me the most about this ancient Nabatean city carved into the mountains of central Jordan is not the fact that it was built in the first place, but that it was forgotten about for hundreds of years […]

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Petra, Jordan – Worth the Time and Money? Definitely.

Where did the ancient city of Petra come from? It is believed that it was created by the hands of Nabateans, who carved their city into the mountains of Jordan in approximately the 5th and 6th Century B.C. then lived there for several centuries in numbers upwards of 20,000 before moving on for unknown reasons. […]

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How to Travel By Ferry from Egypt to Jordan

Egypt and Jordan aren’t connected by land, but this doesn’t mean that you have to fly if you want to travel from one country to the next. Just last week I traveled by ferry from Egypt to Jordan. When I returned to Egypt, I traveled overland from Jordan through Israel to Egypt and will be […]

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Wadi Rum, Jordan Through the Eyes of an Anti-Desert Person

I am not a lover of the desert. However, I have actually managed to fall in like at first sight with Wadi Rum in southern Jordan. Translated into English, Wadi means valley and Rum means high place. This aptly named Valley of High Places has the most interesting formations sticking out of the sand which […]

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First Impressions of Amman from a Jordan Sceptic

I have a confession. Although I love the Middle East, I was never very interested in visiting the country of Jordan. Lacking the ancient history of Israel and Egypt and the uber-wealthy cachet of the Persian Gulf, I didn’t understand its appeal. The past few years, though, I’ve spent so much time in so many […]

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