Summer 2018 will no doubt go down in history as one of our most memorable but now it is over, my thoughts have turned to all the sunnier countries I’d like to visit. I thought it might be fun to write a few posts about them as well as a roundup of all my current travel wish list destinations. So, here is my first post about a country that’s number five on my travel wish list, Jordan. It’s not an obvious choice, but none of them are!
Firstly, it’s one of the safest countries in the middle-east. That means you can enjoy the gorgeous climate and spectacular tourist destinations without worrying about your safety. If you don’t want to travel to there for a longer trip, there are plenty of cruise lines who have ships sailing in the area and dock at Jordanian ports. It has a wealth of historical attractions that you can visit, including Petra and in Amman, the Citadel and the Roman Forum. There’s also Iraq al Amir, which is around 24km south-west of Amman, the capital.
The Dead Sea
For years I’ve been using beauty products that feature Dead Sea Mud. The beauty benefits of this highly concentrated product are renowned the world over. The mud has highly concentrated levels of salts and minerals that will nourish and heal your skin. It has particularly high levels of calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. If you visit Jordan, you can go see The Dead Sea and float in it. I had two years of swimming lessons and still can’t even float, so I’ll be interested to see if it’s true for me too.
Petra, The Rose City
My husband is studying to be an archaeologist so any trip to Jordan will involve Petra. It’s a famous archaeological site in the southwestern desert, nicknamed the Rose City because of the pink sandstone cliffs. It used to be the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom and can be accessed via Al Siq, a narrow canyon with tombs and temples aplenty. One of the things I’d love to see most is Al Khazneh, a temple known as The Treasury. If you look at the image below, you’ll see some fabulous detail carved into the structure. It really is gorgeous.
Amman, The Capital of Jordan
While Amman is a modern city, unlike Petra, it has a huge amount of value of those interested in history too. The historic Citadel on top of Jabal a-Qala’a hill has the impressive pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules. There are plenty of other Roman sites in the city too, including an amphitheater built in the 2nd century AD which seats 6,000. I’ve heard they still offer events in this amphitheater so maybe I’ll go and my trip will coincide with a show there. Wouldn’t that be cool?
Have you ever been to Jordan? Share your memories in the comments!