Ancient Cities of Jerash and Amman Citadel

The day after I explored the modern and contemporary art of Amman, I went back in time to explore the historical ruins of Amman – Jerash and the Amman Citadel. Jerash is located 48km north of Amman and is now the second-most popular tourist attraction in Jordan, after Petra, due to its ancient sites as one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities of eastern Mediterranean. Based on archaeological evidence, Jerash was inhabited since the Paleolithic and Neolithic times (that’s 18,000 years ago!) but this fertile valley attracted settlement in 3rd century BC and was declared as one of the Decapolis cities (“ten cities”

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Reviewed: Toledo Hotel, Amman

It can be disconcerting when arriving in a city or country never visited before to find your airport pick-up from the hotel did not arrive on time. I have had my share of such experiences. Thankfully, that didn’t happen when I arrived in Amman. The moment I exit from the airport, I was grateful to see my name on the placard held by the driver sent by Toledo Hotel – nothing is ever more reassuring than that. The arrival experience continued to be pleasant the instant I stepped into Toledo Hotel, the hotel that I stayed for two nights in Amman.

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Artsy Amman

An interesting observation of the questions asked of me when I returned from Jordan. Apart from “Is Jordan safe?”, the ones I found amusing were “Did you go to Petra, is it like in Indiana Jones?” , “You went to Jordan? Oh my god, Petra!!”, “How was Petra?”, “I hope you went to Petra!”. Of course I went to Petra, it would be a travesty if I didn’t! I appreciate your questions and am more than happy to share with you about my thoughts on Jordan…and Petra. But nobody has asked me about things to see and do in the

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Images of Jordan

I have just returned from Jordan, an Arab kingdom bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, and Israel and Palestine to the west. In the midst of surrounding turmoil, not surprisingly, people have the misconception that Jordan isn’t a safe country to travel to. Similar to my Iran travels last year, many friends were curious and have asked me, “Why, Jordan?” Well, here’s something personal to share. The country Jordan was introduced to me 5 years ago by my ex-boyfriend who was living and working in Qatar, and Jordan was

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