Jordan_ Aqaba… where the ocean meets the sand

Jordan is desert. Well… there is the Dead Sea, spectacular and beautiful, and oversaturated with salt. Breathtaking nature, but harsh environment for life. But that’s not all Jordan has to offer – there is one small edge, where Jordan reaches the Red Sea shore. It’s Jordan’s very south, the bay of Aqaba. It’s where the…

Jordan_Kerak Castle and Dana Biosphere Reserve

First year in Jordan was like a continuous road trip throughout the country; in my opinion the best way to get to know the culture and to explore new places. One of the most exciting ones was the trip from Amman to Kerak Castle with an overnight-stay in Dana – the good part was definitely…

Portugal_Lisbon: City of Colourful Tiles

Lisbon, nowadays everything else than unknown for a short city trip in Europe, pretty ‘en vogue’. A must visit when in Portugal – and I truly can’t deny that. We spent three nights in Lisbon and I could have spent few days more so easily. It wasn’t a surprise that the city amazed us from…

Portugal_Countryside: Òbidos – Medieval Town and a Portuguese Vineyard

As mentioned in my last article ‘Portugal_Atlantic Ocean: Algarve and North Coast – Praia de Mira’ we spent the next few days in Portugal’s countryside. One place I didn’t like to miss was romantic medieval Òbidos, which I stumbled over by watching the impressive images in social media by road.memories. To absorb the according feeling…

Portugal_Atlantic Ocean: Algarve and North Coast – Praia de Mira

Finally, after months of planning our trip to Portugal we arrived at Lisbon Airport. Well… our first target wasn´t as planned, small Algarve’s coast village ‘Albufeira’, but instead, we ended up at the baggage ‘lost and found’ unit of Lisbon Airport. We tried not to lose our mind (in addition to the luggage) right from…

Jordan_Umm Qais and the Sea of Galilee

Umm Qais or Umm Qays is a town in northern Jordan known for the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Gadara. By the way – ‘Umm’ means ‘Mother of …’ and ‘Abu’ means ‘Father of …’. In Arab culture it’s tradition that mother and father get named after the first born – so if the child’s name…

Jordan_Madaba: City of Mosaics and a Story about a Rug

As you may have noticed from some of my other blog articles, Jordan has plenty of religious and historical places to uncover.  Just to mention some: there is Mount Nebo, the peak where Moses finally found the Promise Land, the Baptism Side, where Jesus was baptized by John, but also many other places with stories…

Jordan_Ma’in: Hot Springs – Wellness Oasis in the Desert

Two years ago, when Stefan (my husband) and I were exploring Dead Sea area, we discovered plenty of steep Wadis, beautiful canyons down to Dead Sea. Among the most impressive ones: Wadi Ma’in with its Hot Springs. That time we only spent a couple of hours there to catch a glimpse of the waterfalls and…

Lebanon_Beirut: Street Life and Lebanese Food Style

Actually, Beirut was never on my bucket list, but since living in Jordan, where it is just an hour flight away, I got curious. After almost two and a half years I did it. Finally. I heard many different stories about the city – that it should be more western and mixed of cultures than…

Jordan_Wadi Rum: Hike to Jordan’s Highest Mountain

After our first day Jeep tour, find the story in my last article ‘Wadi Rum – A Bedouin Lifestyle’, the second day started with traditional Arabic breakfast (hummus, lebaneh, zaatar, etc.) totally what I needed before the hike. Musa, that’s the name of our Bedouin guide, picked us up with his ‘Monkey’, a very cool…

Jordan_Petra – 800 Steps and a Love Story

Can you imagine packing your things and living from one day to the other in a two thousand-year-old cave? This is the story about the life of Marguerite van Geldermalsen a New Zealand-born nurse who fell in Love with Mohammad Abdallah Othman a Bedouin who lived in Petra. Last time I visited Petra, it was…

Morocco_Atlas Mountains: Ouarica Waterfalls

Certainly, Morocco has much more to offer than the small hideaway alleys and crowed markets of Marrakech, even though so breathtaking adventurous and colorful. The white snow covered mountaintops of the High Atlas caught my attendance already when the airplane approached Casablanca runway. Watching from the plane’s window, I was losing some of my thoughts…

Morocco_Marrakech: Lost in Medina

Marrakech… another bucket list goal. I was so excited to finally visit Morocco that the last two days before vacation became an insomnia. Starting from Amman I had a stopover at airport Rome Fiumicino. Duty free shopping, slices of Italian pizza, four or five espresso and one crema later, the connection flight to Casablanca started…

Jordan_Down to the Jordan River

Jordan has only few rivers, but a real famous one: Jordan River.  Jordan River springs at Tiberias Lake, the ‘Sea of Galilee’, and runs along Jordan Valley into Dead Sea. The river is short but long in history. And so the story of the Baptism Site. It is right at the border between East Bank…

Jordan_A Muddy Day @ Dead Sea

Visiting the Dead Sea was always a dream of mine. Just 50 km from Amman, reaching the earth’s lowest elevation on land, about 400 meters under sea level. Because of the high salt content there is no sea life and also you won´t see any else action on water. So… it is quite a perfect…

Jordan_Mount Nebo with View to the Promised Land

Mūsā, the taxi driver who brings us home from the 8th circle after typical Saturday’s shopping tour, once again tells us the story of his name’s fame. I have to admit it’s not the first time listening. Mūsā, or Moses, the man who found the ‘Holy Land’ while standing right at the top of Mt….

Jordan_Wadi Rum: A Bedouin Lifestyle

We were ready. We started with a backpack filled with adventure, a toothbrush, a fresh shirt and some underwear. We took the first bus in the morning from Amman to Aqaba. For us it seemed to be the most convenient and stress-free way to reach our destination. After four hours bus ride through the impressive…

Italy_Spiritual Pathways of Francesco of Assisi

While strolling through narrow alleys and medieval piazzas of Perugia, rewarding myself with great Italian food, I had to confess that some thoughts were outside of Perugia’s heavy town walls, especially knowing that Assisi wasn’t far. So I decided to track some of Francesco’s trails for a day leaving the town. It was a half…

Tel Aviv_Lively Spot at the Mediterranean Coast

Heading to Tel Aviv by hired car. Just a drive of approx. 1 ½ hour from Jerusalem towards the Mediterranean Sea. In my imagination, Tel Aviv was always a city full of modern, but ugly skyscrapers. But it clearly isn’t. Yes, there are a lot of skyscrapers, one can find them unpleasant, but alternated by…

Italy_BACI(S) from Perugia

Perugia isn´t necessarily one of the most famous cities, but definitely worth a visit. Perugia – a medieval city with good potential being the location of the bestseller ‘The Perfume’ by Patrick Süskind – (which is, by the way, one of my favorite books). A hundred of stairs guiding you through the city up to…

Jordan_Christmas in Amman

Coming from Austria, where everything shines and blinks starting by October, I wasn’t expecting much of that Christmas spirit in a Muslim country. I was surprised that around the Second Advent shopping malls and foreigner populated restaurants and bars begin to decorate for Christmas – just as in Europe. For an Austrian, three weeks before…

Jerusalem and a Trip to Bethlehem

Ancient city, melting pot of different culture’s history, art and lifestyle. Undoubtedly, Jerusalem became one of my favourite destinations. Living in Jordan, it was only a matter of time to visit it. But honestly, after the many stories about everlasting and kind of strange procedure at the border crossing, I wasn´t that keen on leaving…

Jordan_Introducing Amman – City of 19 Hills

…even though once built over 7 hills… It started 2 years ago as an adventure. Now, Amman has become my new hometown. Where mosques are built next to churches, a westernized city with an authentic Arab charm. With this I like to show you some of the most beautiful places that I explored, starting in…