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Taking Stock of 2017:

Sunset in Civitavecchia, Italy (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

The Good, The Great, and the Bittersweet As I write my last post for 2017, it’s 26˚F outside. There’s no snow on the ground, but it’s bloody cold! I’m sitting in the comfy recliner in my warm office, wrapped in a cozy blanket, lap desk and laptop resting securely on my knees. In an odd […]

Middle East / Travel

The Stunning Mosaics of Madaba:

Greek Mosaic Preserved in the Madaba Archeological Park (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Revealing Jordan’s Treasures in Tile and Glass The day was picture perfect. The sun was a warm yellow orb against a clear blue sky. The temperature was mild with a soft breeze. But what Simon, Otto and I were about to discover in the central Jordanian town of Madaba, made this glorious meteorological event pale […]

Accommodation / Middle East / Travel

Let Candles Hotel Light Your Way to Petra:

Candles Hotel in Wadi Musa Close to Entrance to the Petra Historical Site (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Homey Refuge Amid the Ruins of Jordan’s Glorious Past Driving from Amman, with several not-to-be-missed stops along the way, Simon, Otto and I were headed for our long-anticipated visit to the magical ancient city of Petra. But by the time we arrived in the charming restored historic town of Wadi Musa, all we wanted […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Middle East / Travel / Travel Tips

Your Jordan Pass:

View of Part of Amman from the Citadel

Opening Doors to Jordan’s Rich Past and More. As we recently discovered, Jordan is a sparkling jewel among nations. From a historic, cultural and culinary standpoint, it hits all the high notes for me. And the people are among the most friendly and kind you’ll find anywhere. Now, in case I was too subtle, I strongly […]

Middle East / Travel

Early Impressions of Jordan:

Forget What You Think You Know, and Follow Your Senses When we told family and friends we were planning to visit Jordan, the reaction was mixed. “That sounds amazing!” “Are you sure?” ”Muslims think dogs are unclean, so you will have trouble with cabs, restaurants and accommodations.” And last, but not least, “Are you crazy?” […]