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Category: Jordan

Photos from Madaba: remnants of 1 million mosaics
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Photos from Madaba: remnants of 1 million mosaics

Madaba is a town best known for its mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of The Holy Land. Traveling 30k’s southwest of Jordan, I stopped in to learn about its popular Saint George Church and hear some stories about its miracles. Within its crumbling floor, Saint George contained a treasure. The mosaic contains the earliest [...]

Siq al-Barid (Little Petra) in photos
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Siq al-Barid (Little Petra) in photos

While visiting Petra in Jordan, I had the opportunity to visit Siq al-Barid, or more affectionately known as Little Petra. You will need a vehicle to reach this site unless you’re into walking long distances.  Little Petra was a stopping over point for the Nabateans. Imagine how this place must have hummed with activity back then. Merchants, [...]

All that is Wadi Rum
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All that is Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is known as the valley of the moon. Its an appropriate name considering the area looks like something from outer space. A wide open space with towering peaks that stretch outward into the desert. You really could be on another planet. Petroglyphs from the Nabatean era adorn the giant walls. One of my [...]

Jordanian Playboy Mansion & an ancient hot springs town
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Jordanian Playboy Mansion & an ancient hot springs town

With overcast skies and a snapping wind, we bundled into the car and headed north. Laura and Ray had promised a day of surprises so I was not getting any clues as to where we were going, so the anticipation built up all morning long. Ray drove us confidently through small towns and occasionally the sun [...]

Bedouin Pizza (Araies lahma) recipe
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Bedouin Pizza (Araies lahma) recipe

Bedouin Pizza I had a memorable evening at the Petra Kitchen cooking school in Jordan. What I remember best about this making this treat was its crunchy smokey bite, you couldn’t eat just one slice. Create a taste of Jordan in your own kitchen, these pizza bites require few ingredients and are best enjoyed right [...]

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Jordanian Lentil soup

Taken from a session at the Petra Kitchen, this lentil soup recipe is easy to prepare any night of the week. I love lentils and I’ve got my own way of making it with chorizo but this was simpler.   What you’ll need: – 1 cup brown lentils – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1/4 cup [...]

Bedouin melodies at Petra by night

Bedouin melodies at Petra by night

If I close my eyes, I can hear the music so clearly I feel as if I have been transported back into time, and I get goosebumps still… When I arrived to Petra, I felt like I was alone in the crowd. As soon as the gates opened, people started flowing through but I immediately [...]

Oozie, a Jordanian dish made with love
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Oozie, a Jordanian dish made with love

Oozie from Jordan Some of my time in Jordan was spent with the most hospitable people, Laura and Ray from DiscoverJordan. Besides taking me around to see some of Jordan’s history, Laura and Ray kindly put me up at their own house. As a guest in their home, they made me feel very welcome and [...]

Diving into the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan

Diving into the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan

On a perfectly sunny day in Aqaba, Jordan, I set out to dive the Red Sea. I was on the Yasmena, one of the largest dive boats I’d ever been on. My companions were Brazilian Journalists headed out for a day of snorkeling. I was so excited for this dive I completely forgot to ask if [...]

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