Art Space, A Good Cup of Coffee & A Beautiful View Overlooking the City…

Art Gallery Cup of Turkish CoffeeI found my new favorite place in Amman. It wasn’t my first time to visit The Khalid Shoman Foundation “Darrat Al Funun“, but it was my first time to enjoy a great cup of coffee, zaatar sandwich and tranquility there. I didn’t know they had a cafe running, this place is incredible. Art exhibition and cafe in Amman JordanSeriously what more one can ask for?

A great location; in one of the oldest and most authentic areas in Amman. Al Webdeh, which I have previously written about and shared some photographs of my explorations. But seriously this area is the gem in Amman, you can never go wrong by just going there, exploring and discovering shops and exhibitions like Darat al Funun.

Beautiful architecture, large building, multiple gardens and exhibition rooms. This art gallery is like a dream land for all artists. all in one space to anyone seeking inspiration, and a close-by getaway from mental and physical traffic. A statue of a man overlooking Amman Jordan

Emily Jacir is one of the artists exhibiting until April 23 2015. The artist has shown extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and Arab world since 1994. She is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lionn ath the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Clause Award (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize (2008); and the Herb Alpert Award (2011). “Information is from the Darat al Funun program”.

The following are from Emily Jacir installation of photographs taken by cell phone. 2010-2012, ex libris addresses the looting, destruction, and restitution of books. This work pay homage to the approximately thirty thousand books, belonging to Palestinian homes, libraries, and institutions, that were looted by Israel in 1948, six thousand of these books are kept and catalogued in the Jewish National Library Jerusalem under “A.P.” (Abandoned Property).

Then, I discovered the library. What a world of its own. I can camp there in between the books, and just indulge in art, culture, and historic books. I started imaging myself going again to work, read, and fill my imagination with the goods and getting lost with where to start from.

And the best part about it all, is the cup of coffee, overlooking beautiful Amman, breathing the freshest air, listening to the sound of the water fountain, and enjoying the moments of life. It takes you back in time, back to the 40’s and the 50’s.

Where is my next best favorite place in Amman? Any recommendations?

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Did you know that John the Baptist “Prophet Yahya bin Zakaria” was beheaded in Jordan? Learn more about Mukawir and the hilltop of Machaerus قلعة المشناقى

Mukawir, also known as the hilltop of Machaerus or in Arabic قلعة المشناقى

Sand, Neutral, Fresh Air, Nature, Desert, John the Baptist, Biblical, History, Ancient, Salome, Roman, Palace, Hadrian, Dead Sea

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress Black and white The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress Rainbow sunset

Mukawir is a historic attraction in Jordan that is about one hour and a half drive from Amman, around 30 to 40 minutes from Madaba.

On the way to Machaerus Mukawir Jordan قلعة المشناقى الاردن

On the way to Machaerus Mukawir Jordan قلعة المشناقى الاردنI advice you wear something comfortable and somewhat conservative, comfortable sports shoes, and go by car or taxi. It is around 20 minutes walk up the hill or around 35 minutes if you are taking photographs on the way.

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir FortressMukawir Fortress was built by Alexander Jannaeus in the first century BC and is a religion biblical story of Salome the dancer who danced to Hadrian to get John the Baptist “Prophet Yahya bin Zakaria” beheaded. It was said the John the Baptist was imprisoned for 2 years and then beheaded. In 70 AD, the fortress was destroyed by the Romans while under the emperor of Titus.

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

There is not much to see, but it sure is worth the visit, the colors of nature, and the fresh air is just sensational, the walk up is very easy and takes very little time, it is not so busy and not visited much so usually serene and calm.

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir FortressThe historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir FortressThe historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress

My favorite part of Mukawir is the view that over looks the Dead Sea and Palestine, it is breathtaking when the sky is clear, and I would defiantly advice you go right before sunset because the view is just magical and worth staying for.

The historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress Sunset

Sheep PortraitThe historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir FortressThe historic ancient attraction in Jordan of the Mukawir Fortress Sunset

I spent around 5 hours total including transportation and had a wonderful time taking photograph and meditating on the hilltop overlooking the sunset.

All photographs are unedited and taken with a Canon 70D

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Photograph idea by my friend Mohammad AbdelLatif – Canon Timer

Why WadiRum is one of the most magical places on earth. Click here to learn more.

Why WadiRum is one of the most magical places on earth. Click here to learn more.

Morning Diary Day 9 – Shmisani; and what used to be the happening area in Amman

Tuesday, September 23 2014

Shmisani – Amman – Jordan

A trip back into my childhood, when I used to go to the park run in circles and run to play games. Childhood memories are so innocent, pure and beautiful. They take you into the memory lane of nothingness, when life was all about wide open eyes of wonder, and laughter to anything that looks like fun. Around 20 years ago, Shmisani was the place to be. Today Shmisani’s atmosphere of full of life no longer exists, people live there but drive their cars to different areas to have coffee or chill… Memories always remain.

Here is one of my very favorite songs: Paper Aeroplane by Angus & Julia Stone

 

Morning Diary Day 8 – Jabal Amman; you are breathtaking

Sunday, September 21 2014

Amman – Jabal Amman – Part 2

From last Thursday’s diary I continue with this beautiful morning, stumbled upon beautiful places, and beautiful people. There is nothing more beautiful than art. Emphasizing on the natural beauty that exists, or beautifying your surroundings. Earth colors are welcoming, they are refreshing and warm. Our authenticity is our beauty and our weapon. Don’t let it fade, and don’t destroy it, instead be aware and proud of it. Here are my findings from Jabal Amman, beauty and art in everything I encounter. All my pictures are taken with my Canon 70D.

I have stumbled upon this awesome song that I would like to share with you; alec troniq, mind doodle.

Morning Diary Day 7 – Experience an authentic urban lifestyle in Amman

Thursday, September 18 2014

Amman – Jabal Amman – Rainbow | Part 1

What a lovely day. So this is not the first time I cover Jabal Amman on my blog, seriously you can never get bored with this incredible area. I went for an early walk with my friend Amira and we stumbled upon the most beautiful houses, scenery and gardens. A life full of opportunities and surprises only when you are open for them. I suggest you try to walk down the corner after Falafel Al Quds towards downtown area, you will find 7iber building on your right which is a must see, and if you wish to have a tiny little urban office or share one you can try it out, it is defiantly an experience worth living.

A great song I stumbled upon Simpre Me Queddara by Bebe

In love with my Canon EOS 70D

Morning Diary Day 6 – Deir Ghbar Abdoun Amman Jordan

Wednesday, September 17th 2014

Amman – Deir Ghbar – Abdoun

There is something about sequence that just attract me, the way the trees look, or windows, houses and even the tiles. I just find something so inspiring about them, as well as color combinations that most probably happen coincidentally. I also think the sky looks phenomenal when it is cloudy, truly walking around your city is a different experience.

In Jordan, we are mostly in our cars driving around. I suggest we all try to get out there by foot, you can meet new people, breathe fresh air, and enjoy the little details around the houses and gardens. Today, I had my earphones and chose one of my favorite playlists on 8tracks. I truly lived a fairytale walking over earth, listening to great music, and taking pictures with my Canon EOS 70D of just anything that attract me.

Sunset Diary – Amman Suburbs

Part 2

September 15 2014

In the suburbs of Jordan between Dabouq Amman and Salt

Watching the sunset anywhere around the world is just sensational. Here is my second part of my weekend spending in the suburbs of Jordan “Sukhtian’s Residence”. Beautiful atmosphere, great weather, fun people, and blessed evening of sunset romance, sightseeing and a great arabic song to listen to.

Some photo credit go to Shaker Al Zaben and Yazan Ashkar