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Amman, Jordan…oldest city on earth

We are in Amman, the largest city of Jordan, its economic and cultural center.  It is also one of the oldest cities on planet Earth, going back to the Stone Age.  We are talking about people living here 6500 years BC!  The houses are built on top of old ruins.

Old City of Amman

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Lawrence of Arabia in Wadi Rum

Light, camera, action!  You may not know Wadi Rum, but you might have seen it if you’ve been to many movies where there are miles of endless sand and strange, sandstone mountains in the background.  Wadi Rum means Valley of the Moon in Arabic.

Wadi Rum Desert

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Ever since I saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with Sean Connery and Harrison Ford galloping off into the sunset, I was yelling at the tv and saying “ I want to go there!”  It’s called the Treasury in Petra, and it has been on my bucket list since then.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from the 4th century until 106 A.D. when they lost their independence and the Romans conquered them.  The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs that moved their herds from place to place in search of food and water.  They settled in Petra, a beautiful area of sandstone mountains.

Petra caves

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