Where in the empire have I been?

At the height of its power, the ancient Roman empire stretched for an area of nearly five million square kilometres all around the Mediterranean sea and in the UK. The common thread that connected all these diverse places was Roman imperial rule. The first ancient Roman monument I visited were the Roman baths at Bath,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

And after a very long time, I’m participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is about sharing a glorious vision of Mother Earth.

U for Umm Qais, Gadara of the Ancient World

First of all, here’s a big round of applause to everyone who has made it to the final week of the A to Z Challenge. Just this week folks and then we’re done! I know I haven’t been regular commenting or visiting- just keeping up with the blog posting is keeping me busy. Getting to…

Q for Qasr Amra, Jewel of Jordan

I have a fairly simple rule about having a theme for the A to Z Challenge every year. If I cannot think of a post for Q and Z I abandon the theme. Thankfully this time I have a lovely post for Q! Qasr Amra is a desert castle that is located about 80km from…

N for Nabatean Petra

The Nabateans were an Arab tribe who were originally believed to be nomadic but later settled down in parts of Jordan. Petra was their capital city- it sat on an important route on the trade network that connected the east and the Mediterranean. Petra had been inhabited by another group of people called the Edomites…

J for Jerash, Jordan

Jerash is an ancient town located in Jordan. Its ancient name was Gerasa. It was the site of ancient human settlement as early as the 2nd millenium BCE. Jerash, however, reached the height of its prosperity under Roman rule in the first and second century CE. The city suffered a massive earthquake in 749 CE…

C for Columns

Columns form an important part of architecture- both structurally as well as for decoration. Whenever we think of the ancient world we often think of building facades with imposing columns, halls decorated with ornate or fluted columns rising to the sky. I wonder whose idea it was first to put up the first tall, massive…

There’s Something About Petra

I was making my way to Hyderabad airport yesterday when I saw a huge hoarding on one side of the road with a magnificent image of the Treasury Building in Petra, Jordan. This hoarding was of course put up there by Visit Jordan and yes you should visit Jordan, read why. But looking at the…

En route to Petra from Wadi Rum

We were driving from Wadi Rum to Petra when our driver Shadi stopped at this really scenic place overlooking the Jordan valley. It was one of those perfect moments- I may have enjoyed it a bit more if I hadn’t been frozen overnight at Wadi Rum đŸ™‚ LOL