Driving through the towns and cities, I noticed the storefront signage. I found the characters and fonts visually interesting as patterns. I have no idea what these signs say, some are in Arabic and others in Hebrew.
We visited markets in both countries. Some markets were modern with food, cosmetics, hardware, clothing, and places to eat – just like our malls. And they had modern malls as well. Other markets were traditional markets that carried mostly food items. In some markets we discovered tourist souvenirs.
We visited this modern market in Jerusalem where our guide took us on a tasting tour.
Here we are being giving samples of various spice/herb mixtures by an enthusiastic salesman.
This is a traditional shop in Jordan with narrow aisles.
This is where I discovered at lot of tiny eggplants.
We tried jack fruit. Smelly, but a mild, sweet flavor.
We saw lots of candy shops with bins of brightly colored gummy treats. They all looked like they would taste the same.
And lots of spice and herb shops with huge bags filled to the brim. I don’t know how they can sell that much product! Betsey and I admired the pyramid of herbs in this fellow’s shop. If I lived there I would probably buy from him just because of his display skills.
More for sale.
Many flavors of halva.
Other merchandize included yarmulkes in many styles. You can get one with the insignia of your favorite sports team, Disney character, or political saying. Notice in upper right, there is a “Trump, Make America Great” yarmulke!
There were candles and ceramics galore as well as jewelry.
And scarves, including lots of keffiyeh in a variety of colors.
Next, some of the people we met along the way.