Amman Jordan

The Roman Theater in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff
The Roman Theater in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff
I arrived in Amman, Jordan, on a tour two days before the war between Israel and Gaza broke out. You can imagine the shock that I was in when I got news of it. However, I decided to continue on the tour, and I was not about to turn around and go back to the States. I flew Turkish Airlines, which I totally don’t recommend, and to Amman at 1:30 a.m.
Turkish Airlines. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Turkish Airlines. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

I joined the other folks on the tour and took a room at The Prime Hotel until 11 a.m. that morning when we checked into The W Hotel.
The Prime Hotel. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The Prime Hotel. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

We checked out at 11 a.m. and then proceeded to The W Hotel , which was fabulous. Everything was excellent to extreme detail, and I just loved my stay there!
The W Hotel. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The W Hotel. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Welcome to The W Hotel. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Welcome to The W Hotel. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Donuts and pastries at The W Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Donuts and pastries at The W Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

We were totally wiped out but left the hotel after a quick unpack and took in the local sites. We visited Rainbow Street. There are many restaurants, cafes, and shops, and Rainbow Street is considered the heart of the Old City.
Rainbow Street in Amman Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Rainbow Street in Amman Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Then we wanted to go to the gallery area to see the art of the country, so we went to The Kalid Shoman Foundation and enjoyed Jordanian art, both old and new.
The Kalid Shoman Foundation in Amman Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The Kalid Shoman Foundation in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

We wanted to visit the famous Citadel from there, so we knew we had to take an Uber. Yeah, I love Uber! So much freedom! Love Uber! The Citadel, as shown in the image below, dominates one of the seven jebels —or hills—that make up the capital city of Jordan. It’s known locally as Jebel al-Qal’a. The site boasts the remains of a Roman temple, a Byzantine church, an Umayyad palace, and several other features of historical interest.
The Citadel in Amman Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The Citadel in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

From there, we took another Uber, and our driver was enthusiastic about driving around Amman and showing us the streets, the Amphitheater, and downtown. It was great. I was seeing Amman as a local. Below are some images that show you what the landscape of Amman looks like no matter which way you turn; only this one holds their famous Roman Theatre. The theatre was built between 138 and 161 CE, during the rule of Antoninus Pius, the Roman Emperor known to be one of the most peaceful Emperors in Roman history. The theatre can hold over 5,000 onlookers and is still used today!
The Roman Theater in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

The Roman Theater in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A view of Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

A view of Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Rolling hills of Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Rolling Hills of Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Towards the evening, after a day of Ubering around, we wound up downtown, and I couldn’t help but admire some of the women’s fashion in their local storefronts.
Women's Fashions on display in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

Women’s Fashions on display in Amman, Jordan. Photo by Sora Vernikoff

I enjoyed my day and a half in Amman. We left for Wadi Rum the next day, and it was time to continue our Jordanian adventure. Readers may also enjoy our reviews of Morroco and the SaharaA New Yorker’s Long Weekend in LondonAfrican Lion Safari and Niagara Falls, and Bar Italia Madison.

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