Monday, 6 May 2013

A journey back in time... the days of the Crusades.

Hello everyone, hope all is well with you and yours.  Sun is shining again this morning, which is such a bonus.

A few weeks ago, while I was on a bit of a break from blogging, I was lucky enough to return to what I think is one of the most amazing places on earth - the beautiful Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  I just love it so, so much.  The people are so welcoming, the hospitality offered to visitors is humbling.  And the places you can visit - it is like being in a history book!!  As a child I loved to read stories about the Crusades, Knights, etc and when in Jordan this time I insisted upon visiting this place:

The Crusader Castle of Kerak.

It is AWESOME - the sheer size of the place is staggering.  Have any of you seen the film Kingdom of Heaven starring Orlando Bloom?  Well, this is the real castle where a lot of the film is set. 

A few glimpses of the sheer majesty of the place:

I love this view through the archway.

So amazing to think that the people I have read about in history books would have looked through the same archway.  Imagine all the things that would have run through their a little girl I used to hear the stories about this part of the world and dreamed that one day I would be able to visit.

There are three layers of underground passages to explore, it is staggering how these were built over a thousand years ago.  And even more staggering that the building has survived so well.

Of course, all this adventuring makes for a healthy appetite, here is a little something I cooked up for us when we got back to base:

This is a dish called Maqloubeh, it is rice, chicken, aubergines and potatoes with loads of spices (I made my self a meat free version as I'm a vegetarian).  There were no leftovers so it must have been OK!

Hope to be back again soon with some more photos of my trip.



  1. Great to catch up with your news - your visit to Jordan looks impressive.

    S X

  2. Such beautiful photos, thanks for taking us along.

  3. I like the look of that dish, have you got a recipe?
    thanks for the comment on the overlocker, can you believe it? I am still reeling. I don't think the girl really knew what it was or I'm sure she wouldn't have let it go for that price, still I didn't mind. lol

  4. What an ancient place.. how far is it from where you live? I'm still recuperating from our trip around the Hood River Valley... ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Good to hear from you again! A long weekend is wonderful when you work full time, just an extra day off makes such a difference. Jordan looks amazing.

  6. I have tried to imagine what it would be like to live in a castle and have concluded that I am more of a cave dweller or perhaps I would do well in a little nook in an underground passage. Thanks for sharing such an amazing place with us Helen!

  7. Sounds like an amazing trip - thank you so much for popping into my blog it's always lovely to have a new visitor. Hope you have a lovely sunny week.
    Sue x


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