Goodbye Petra – Hello Amman

by Steve
Petra - Monument

Today we said goodbye to Petra as we headed north to stay in Amman for the next four nights.  Our weather, except for the rain on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, has been very good…….until today!!  It was rainy.  There was fog.  And it was cold!!  But fortunately it was a planned travel day and didn’t alter any of our plans.

Capitol City of Jordan

The city of Amman is the capital of Jordan.  The city was originally built on seven hills, the same as Rome.  Going back to the 13th century BC, Amman was the capitol of the Ammonites, an Iron Age Semitic speaking nation.

After that, there was Alexander the Great who left his legacy in areas surrounding the city.  And then of course there were the Romans who conquered this area in 63 BC and ruled for the next four centuries.  In fact, Jordan is known for having some of the best Roman ruins outside of Rome.

Our plan is to visit some of these ruins as well as having a couple day trips to towns outside of this city of approximately 4 million people.  Weather, based on the forecast, will determine our itineraries.

I again want to wish all of you a Happy New Year and the best for 2018!!

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Norma Burkholder Brown West High Class of ‘68 January 20, 2018 - 5:12 am

Love your History thru Travel site! You two are very talented, as well as adventurous in a very good way.

Steve January 20, 2018 - 8:39 pm

Norma, thanks for the comment. Sharon and I are both are very fortunate to be living in Europe and to have lived abroad for the past 8 years. But I’m even more fortunate now because I’m lucky enough to be living here AFTER retirement and Sharon encouraged me to do this traveling. The blog has been a lot of fun to do. It will always be a work in progress. Please encourage other people to follow along. Again, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.


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