There was Petra in some movie (and it wasn’t the Indiana Jones III) when I saw it for the first time. I was sure that it was just another movie set, because “there is no way that this really exists”. Well, you can get the picture of how surreal the sight is, even in person! (more…)
When traveling to Jordan, one of the stops to do is certainly the capital Amman, probably different from what you might expect. This is one modern city with the usual traffic jams (Arabic style!), cozy hotels, nice walkways, shopping malls with everything from Starbucks to Prada. The country is populated by Arab Muslims and it is considered to be a bit wealthier than most in the region, but still not nearly as rich as the Gulf monarchies. Never the less, the situation changes as soon as you move away from Amman when the country gets to look dry and empty, and its population pretty poor. (more…)
You will get the picture of how impatient I was to visit Jordan if I tell you that I was actually waiting for few years for the trip to take place. I knew that I shouldn’t travel on my own, not around Middle East and not for the first time at least, and local agencies back home were still not doing trips to Jordan. After I have seen photos of Petra, I have read all I could find about this ancient city, and I was just waiting for the opportunity to pop up! (more…)
The time has come to travel to one spectacular country in the Middle East, the one that hosted Lawrence of Arabia once, but Indiana Jones as well!
The jewel of rose-colored sand and hidden ancient towns that offers a modern city experience with business districts and shopping malls, but also – Bedouin tents and camel rides.
And that’s not all! One of the best preserved Roman cities is here. The place where Jesus was baptized is here! (more…)