Posts tagged “museums

Amman-Jordan

Posted on January 31, 2012

I first visited Amman in the winter of 1980.  It was cold, wet and windy and the capital’s 500,000 inhabitants retreated behind the stark concrete walls of their houses and apartments that stretched over the hills surrounding the city. It was relatively small compared with bustling Cairo or Damascus and appeared to have little of their charm, intimate architecture or extensive historical heritage. There were just two international hotels, the Intercontinental and the Holiday Inn, and these were packed with consultants, businessmen and the occasional traveller. Look and you will find a mix of ancient and modern in Amman, Jordan Returning there in 2010, I was shocked by the scale and density of the city with its population now standing at over 2.4 million – almost half that…