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Madaba, the “City of Mosaics”

Posted on 18 May 2012 by christie

Mosaic Floor Map

Mosaic Floor Map of "Holy Land"

Madaba, 30 km southwest of the capital Amman, was our first stop in Jordan. During our stay, the Jordanian people greeted us with openness and generosity. People were happy to help with directions, share a story or teach us about their country and traditions. The hospitality we received at the Queen Ayola Hotel was like no other we experienced during our 2012 travels. Well, we can’t forget about the wonderful Shan family at the Queen Inn Hotel in Inle Lake, Burma. Maybe we should start staying at hotels with “Queen” in their name. Our experience these first two days in Jordan really made us excited about traveling throughout the rest of the country.

Madaba City Views

Madaba City Views

The quaint little town of Madaba is known for its Christian Byzantine mosaics dating back to 200 AD when the Romans conquered Jordan. The town Madaba flourished for five centuries until it was devastated by an earthquake. It was abandoned until the late 19th century when the Christians from the south in Karak migrated to Madaba. Soon thereafter they found spectacular mosaics buried beneath the rubble. The discovery included the most famous floor map of the Holy Land found in what is today St. George’s Greek Church. Continue Reading

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Cat Tales: April 2012

Posted on 30 April 2012 by brett

Brett & Kevin 2008

Brett & Kevin (2008)

Where do we begin? Okay, deep breath. Here we go. April was to be our best travel month to date. We had toured the Villages of Northern Thailand where the local tribes still practice their long-neck traditions for tourists. We finally found children to give our writing books purchased in Luang Prabang, Laos during March. Spontaneously, we booked a flight to the Perhentian Islands at the Northeast Coast of Malaysia. Our idea was to rent a car and drive down the coast to Singapore for a bunch of business meetings. That quickly turned into a flight to Kuala Lumpur, then bus to Melaka, Malaysia for a few days before bussing to Singapore. The plan was super exciting with trips set for Bali, Lombok, Flores, Komodo and the treasured Maluccas “Spice Islands” in Indonesia.

And suddenly with one email on April 17th, life changed forever. Continue Reading

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