Jerusalem, Part 2

We return to the Jewish quarter with our passports and after a few phone calls we are finally granted access. It is much quieter and less crowded than the Arab Quarter of the city. There are European and American cafes boasting bagels and burgers. There are kids on field trips perusing the sites with their…

Jerusalem, Part 1

Some cities just illicit strong emotion and a sense of reverence, Jerusalem is one of them. One of the oldest known human settlements dating back to 4500 B.C. It is a place of pilgrimage and worship for Islam, Judaism and Christians alike. We enter through the West Bank from Jordan and our first stop is…

A Journey to the Holy Lands

We managed to avoid the travelers’ diarrhea until today, the morning we set out for Jerusalem. A nasty little bug is having a hay day. The twins were restless all night with stomach pains and Emma wakes up complaining of dizziness, the vomiting starts shortly after. My husband has been making comical dashes to the…

Wadi Rum, A Night in a Bedouin Camp

I’m intrigued by the native people of these lands, the Bedouins. I’m not sure why, maybe just some deep limbic nostalgia for a simple and true way of life. The Bedouin are the semi-nomadic tribal people who have inhabited the North African and Arabian deserts for thousands of years. They herd goat, camel and sheep…

Aqaba, The Red Sea

The Arab World was ruled by the Ottomans until they were defeated in WWI. It was then divided and these countries were carved out by the French and English who then occupied them until the next Great War. As many as possible were given access to the seas, either the Mediterranean or Red. Syria and…

Petra, Jordan

We set off on a road trip heading south toward the Red Sea. Once we leave Amman it is desert as far as the eye can see. We have the Arabic tunes and AC blasting. Bedouin tents are the only change in scenery, the black, camel hair tents stand out against the sand and the…

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth sitting 1400′ below sea level. It’s a 40 minute drive from Amman so we head out for an afternoon swim and picnic. As you descend into the valley the landscape changes drastically, for these are the fertile lands of biblical fame. Fed by the Jordan River…