Bob and Sooz traveled to Jordan and Syria to see some of the best ruins in the world and eat excellent food. We traveled with Imaginative Traveler, the same company who took us around Tunisia in 2004.
Pigeons in a row, Amman Museum
Sponge Bob Square Pants, 4000 years ago
The Indian Chief, Wadi Rum
6000-year old sculpture
A hand surviving from a 30-foot Roman statue in the Citidel above Amman
Buying fruit in Amman
Frescoe in palace east of Amman
Datsun became Nissan in 1974...
Our guide, Mahmoud, ready for the desert
Dusk at Wadi Rum
Camels and tenders relax, Petra
The Hermitage in Petra, after a long hot hike
Aaron's mountain, near Petra
In Jarash, Jordanian bagpipe band co-opts one of our company
Waterwheel pump at Hana, on the road from Damascus to Aleppo
6,000-year old statue at the museum in Aleppo
What's left of Saint Simeon's pillar
The Syria crew at Saint Simeon's Basilica
Visiting a mosque in the prescribed costume
The women in the giant urn at Ugarit
The Theatre at Palmyra
Sunrise at Palmyra
Just before sunrise, the camel crew is already on duty
Doorframe through doorframe
Roman columns with the Citidel in the background
Roman construction, Palmyra
The Citidel overlooking Palmyra, built only 800 years ago
Syria keeps exceptional care of its cars. Here in Palmyra, the taxis formed a museum of Mercedes products from the 1960s.
Decorated 3-wheelers are common in Syria, as in Thailand.
Looking up to see Roman carvings in Palmyra, Temple of Bal
What we saw looking up...
The Bal Temple at Palmyra from the Citidel
Sooz made friends with the staff at the restaurant around the corner from our hotel in Palmyra and learned how to cook their Bedouin specialties.
Special clothes for women not fully covered and men in shorts.
People rest in the mosque.
Ladies wear special rented garb in the mosque.
Notes and photos from places around the world that have villages, ruins, and good food. And $35 hotels... Also, wilderness 4x4 camping and backpacking.