Most of you reading this have probably heard of Macau as it’s famous for a couple of reasons. First, it’s similar to Hong Kong in that it’s a former European colony (Portuguese) that was returned to China in the late ’90s and today functions as a special administrative region of China. Second, it’s known as the Las Vegas of Asia and gambling here is big business, and I mean BIG. For instance, the casinos in Macau brought in an estimated $28 billion (USD) in 2017, compared to the $11 billion by casinos in Las Vegas that same year. Third, and most relevant to this post is that the tiny territory of 33 square kilometers (12.7 sq miles) received an astounding 35.8 million visitors in 2018 placing it among the top destinations in the world.
Surprisingly this is our first post about Petra. We’ve covered quite a bit of the rest of Jordan as you’ve probably seen, but I felt it was time to post something about Petra, especially as tourism to the site continues to grow month over month. The world famous Nabatean city of Petra is, of course, the biggest single draw to Jordan, and rightly so as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This makes Petra a must-see for anyone traveling to the Middle East let alone just to Jordan.
Jordan is much more than Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea or even Jerash. In fact, a large swath of eastern Jordan is dotted with several well-preserved castles all easily seen on a day trip from Amman.
A major perk to living in Washington, DC is its proximity to beautiful countryside in surrounding Maryland and Virginia. This always makes for perfect weekend getaways! At the tail-end of summer, we were in search of a getaway to round off the season and what better way to do that than with a couples trip into the Virginia countryside.
We all know so much about Jordan, but how well do we know its capital Amman?
You are probably curious as to who on earth John Murray III is and why should we pay tribute to him. John Murray III is the grandson of the famous English publisher John Murray I (John Murray & Sons of London Publishers Ltd.) who published the works of Jane Austen, Charles Darwin, and Lord Byron, just to name a few. John Murray III is the focus of this post because of the enormous impact he has had on modern day travel.