Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

It took all of 8 seconds for Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea to line up a welcome team for my husband and I.  The personal and warm welcome—the best I’ve had from a hotel—was but a start to an overall exceptional stay.   I almost had tears of joy at the gate of Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. …

Why you must drive in Jordan

We just got back from a quick trip to Florence, Siena, and Pisa and in going from one city to the other we were able to get a glimpse of the famed Tuscan countryside.  The green rolling hills were picture-perfect and we’re now planning a return trip that will be focused solely on the smaller …

Mövenpick Resort Petra

After driving for 4 hours from Madaba—almost half of which was through extremely dark, winding, cliff-edge mountain roads—arriving at the Mövenpick Resort in Petra was a very welcome site.  We picked the Mövenpick primarily for two reasons: Location: It’s right across the entrance to the ancient city of Petra.  Getting your tickets to the site …

Jordan Day 3: Dead Sea Relaxation

In my books, floating in the Dead Sea is currently right up there with the experience of seeing the aurora borealis—if not tied for first place, then it sits at a very close second.  Floating effortlessly is so magical—I did not want it to end.  And now, I’m already planning to go back. ROAD TO SAUDI ARABIA …

Jordan Day 2: Treasures of Petra

I wanted to go to Jordan because of Petra.  Full stop.  Everything else we saw and did were listed under ‘non-mandatories’ during my initial planning.  Looking back, of course, I feel very foolish for even entertaining the thought of missing the Baptism Site or the Dead Sea.  In my mind, Petra was our holy grail. …

Jordan Day 1: The road to Petra

Our first day in Jordan featured 350km of driving through Jordan’s desert and mountain roads.  Along the way we stopped to see a number of special sites, had the best falafel in the world, and pulled over to catch a beautiful sunset. WHAT’S THE PLAN, YOUR MAJESTY? guf·faw /gəˈfô/ a loud and boisterous laugh.   A …