On my first day in Jordan, I visited a few of the famous ‘desert castles’ found in the desert east of Amman. While not really castles, these centuries old buildings were used as retreats, baths and meeting places for Umayyad leaders. After spending the morning exploring the castles, we drove back to Amman for lunch and touring. I soon learned that not only is food important in Jordan, it’s really good as well. After our feast we ascended the Amman Citadel for stunning views of the city.