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Wadi Rum is one of those places you visit and then think about for the rest of your life. A place so stunning and bizarre it permanently etches its memory in your bones. I ended up there with no plans or expectations, and no clue what was in...
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The Dead Sea, which borders Israel and Jordan, is the lowest point on earth, sitting 1,410 feet below sea level, and continuing to drop as both countries divert water from the River Jordan. As one of the world’s most saline bodies of water...
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Take in views of a hot spring–fed waterfall, a dramatic ravine, and the Dead Sea from a resort that sits more than 800 feet below sea level. A cliff-top outdoor restaurant serves organic greens from the garden. Evason Ma’In, (800) 591-7480, from...
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Rainbow St., Amman, Jordan
A trendy yet relaxed rooftop restaurant and bar in Amman, Cantaloupe offers both indoor and outdoor seating, delicious food, unique cocktails, local and international wines and aerial views overlooking the citadel, nearby mosques and downtown...
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Levant
The sky glittered with more stars than I could ever imagine the night we camped in Wadi Rum, a desert valley in southern Jordan. I lay for hours watching the constellations trace a gentle arch overhead and losing count of shooting stars. I closed...
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The moonscape-style desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan is a remarkable destination for its strange plateaus and rock formations, but that’s not what created my moment of zen in the desert. I was standing on a rock quite literally in the middle of...
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Wild Jordan, Othman Bin Affan St 36, Amman, Jordan
You might not expect to find a fine restaurant at a nature conservancy, but the royally supported Wild Jordan Center’s café is a hit. It’s not just the healthy and sustainable Arabic and international foods that draw locals and...
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Ad-disi, قرية وادي رم، Jordan
Sometimes the room you sleep in isn’t a room at all, as was the case when I visited Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has captivated travelers for generations, perhaps most notably T. E. Lawrence, Lawrence of...