Postcards from Jordan

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

Alas, our time in Jordan sadly had to end.

What an incredible nine days we had – camel trekking, playing in the Dead Sea, crying at some sights and almost fainting on the way to others. We came away completely humbled by the intrigue of biblical stories, and even a little more in love (if that is even possible 🙂 ).

But the best part? We gained new perspective. On the country’s fascinating history and its role in a troubled region. We are so happy to be able to personally report on what an extraordinary kingdom it is, one that is easily explored without fear for safety (except for that of our bulging waistlines). One that should be soaring to the top of your must-see list.

If it isn’t already, that is. But just for added persuasion, we are bringing you our favorite photos, postcard-ready for you to send home when you get there.

The King Abdullah Mosque in Amman is easily recognizable with its blue domed top. Inside it also contains an Islamic museum.

Blue Mosque Amman

Jabal al-Qal’a (the Hill of the Citadel), in the middle of the capital city Amman, was occupied as early as the Neolithic period. The ruins on the hill are largely Roman.

Citadel, Jordan

The ruins of Jerash, massive and sprawling in the northwest corner of Jordan, carry markers of civilization dating back 6,500 years, but (of course) are dominated by the remains of an ancient Roman city.

Jerash, Jordan
Jerash amphitheatre, Jordan
Jerash ruins, Jordan

Just in case you haven’t had enough of Petra yet, there is always another vantage point…

Treasury, Petra, Jordan
Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan

Dramatic desert landscapes and cute fuzzy camels? Perhaps this was our favorite stop of them all…

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Pete may have found happiness on the Dead Sea, but I kinda liked it as well. 🙂

Dead Sea, Jordan

Some sights will forever stay with us as hallmarks of Jordan.

Mosaic, Madaba, Jordan

This photo by Mary Chong of Umm Qais, Jordan, also has us aching to go back.

And in case you missed it, here is our summary of Jordan via video.


Many, many thanks to the Jordan Tourism Board for this exceptional journey.

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  1. Wow… these are amazing. Seriously that word doesn’t even come close to how amazing these really are. They are beautiful. I love sending postcards home from most of the places I visit and always have a hard time finding good postcards. If visited Jordan and saw any of these I would snatch them up in a heart beat and send them home.

    I’m in Egypt at the moment and debating if I should go to Jordan or not… and I think y’all may have just sold me. I have to think about it long and hard… ugh.

    1. Thank you Jaime. We send postcards home as well to both of Dalene’s grandmothers. To date they have received every single one, except for the ones from Jordan :(.

      Funny, it’s your posts and photos that have convinced us that we want to make it over to Egypt 🙂

    1. Thanks Chad. All the Roman ruins in this region started to make sense to us when we were in Turkey. It’s quite amazing being able to touch them in person.

    1. Thanks Hogga. That thistle was growing everywhere. I thought it was such a beautiful, yet ugly and scary looking weed.

  2. Very cool. This whole series made Jordan look like a good place for anyone to add to their list of travel wishes! Great pics, as always. 🙂

    1. Thanks Cynthia. The kingdom of Jordan really has so many sights to see and things to meet any adventurer or vacationer’s demands. Such a wonderful country.

  3. Fantastic photos! We will be visiting all of these sights next year in March (including a 4-day camel trek in the Wadi Rum) and this makes me even more excited about our upcoming adventure. Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

    1. Thanks Marie. It’s my first time playing around with tilt-shift. I thought about doing it when I climbed up to get the shot and I’m happy it turned out.

  4. My husband and I recently traveled to Jordan – and yes, we too fell in love with it. Such an amazing beauty and history it has and wonderful people, too. Your photos are incredible.

  5. Gahhh, LOVE. All of them. I can’t even choose a favorite.

    Jordan has been high up on my list for quite some time now. I really do need to get there soon.

    1. I’m in the same boat. It was tough to decide on a favorite, but mine had to be the silhouette of the camel. I hope you get there!

    1. That camel was the best poser. He just kept chomping away and staring straight into the camera. It was especially funny when the baby tried to come and steal the food out of his mouth.

  6. Great pictures, but you don’t really need me to say that. I really love the way you make your shots into postcards. It somehow gives a shot enough of a context to make even more of an impact.

    1. Ssssshhhh. It’s a secret….

      Just kidding. Yes, we are home for a rest mid-August for about a month or so, then the future is unknown… Will you be back in town?

  7. Amazing as always. But, what is in the big pot? Spices?…but if so, what are the glass looking beads in there?

    Hope that isn’t a nerdy question. 🙂

    1. Not a nerdy question at all Kay. We believe it was a type of frankincense. It is used as incense and the aroma was so nice.

  8. The Monastery at Petra picture is awesome, but it kind of looks like a model that you set up in your garage. Are you sure that those aren’t little green army men standing out front of it?

    1. Uh oh. Somebody has outed us. We never went to Jordan. We built this model in a garage and hired some camels from the zoo. Shit, I knew it would be you Steve 😉

  9. Gorgeous photos! I love postcards, and I still send them to friends and family when I travel. I always buy a couple for myself too, one of the few souvenirs I actually buy. I’d definitely buy these if I saw them there.

  10. Completely enjoyed my virtual Jordan trip with you!! And this is a fantastic way to depict it, amazing shots.
    Wish you a wonderful week ahead:)

    1. Thanks Samuel!! That reminds me, I have a shot to get to you for your Smiling Faces site. You accepting guest posts?

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