June – August 1990

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Intro

Prior to this trip in 1990, I had been on three others.  In 1982, at only 3 years old, I took my first international trip to visit family in Jordan, with a stopover in Copenhagen, Denmark.  In 1984, I visited Jordan for the second time.  And in 1987, at 8 years old, I visited Jordan for the third time, and my family in Syria for the first time.

Since I was so young and these 2-3 month summer trips were primarily to spend time with family, I really consider this 1990 trip to be the first one where I was engaged and interested in “traveling” and seeing sights —  I can vividly recall my anticipation at the thought of seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time, and my wonder at seeing the skyline of Frankfurt from the airplane window.  

I remember being on the plane, drawing a map of where we were going for our extended stopover in France and West Germany.  Fun memories include visiting the “Grey Poupon” building in Dijon (and re-enacting the infamous commercial – hey, I was 11!), and getting my first sip of alcohol (champagne!) in Champagne.  And interestingly, West Germany is the only country I have visited which has changed its name — just barely, as West Germany officially reunited with East Germany on October 3, 1990 — two months after we had left!

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Frankfurt, GermanyJune 25, 1990June 25, 1990
    2Amman, JordanJune 25, 1990June 28, 1990
    3As Salt, JordanJune 28, 1990June 28, 1990
    4Fuheis, JordanJune 28, 1990June 28, 1990
    5Amman, JordanJune 28, 1990July 4, 1990
    6Ramtha, JordanJuly 4, 1990July 4, 1990
    7Daraa, SyriaJuly 4, 1990July 4, 1990
    8Damascus, SyriaJuly 4, 1990July 10, 1990
    9Sednayah, SyriaJuly 10, 1990July 10, 1990
    10Damascus, SyriaJuly 10, 1990July 19, 1990
    11Daraa, SyriaJuly 19, 1990July 19, 1990
    12Ramtha, JordanJuly 19, 1990July 19, 1990
    13Amman, JordanJuly 19, 1990July 26, 1990
    14Jerash, JordanJuly 26, 1990July 26, 1990
    15Amman, JordanJuly 26, 1990August 6, 1990
    16Frankfurt, GermanyAugust 6, 1990August 7, 1990
    17Heidelberg, GermanyAugust 7, 1990August 7, 1990
    18Wiesbaden, GermanyAugust 7, 1990August 7, 1990
    19Frankfurt, GermanyAugust 7, 1990August 8, 1990
    20Paris, FranceAugust 8, 1990August 9, 1990
    21Dijon, FranceAugust 9, 1990August 9, 1990
    22Beaune, FranceAugust 9, 1990August 9, 1990
    23Paris, FranceAugust 9, 1990August 11, 1990
    24Caen, FranceAugust 11, 1990August 11, 1990
    25Pointe-du-Hoc, FranceAugust 11, 1990August 11, 1990
    26Omaha Beach, FranceAugust 11, 1990August 11, 1990
    27Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, FranceAugust 11, 1990August 11, 1990
    28Arromanches, FranceAugust 11, 1990August 11, 1990
    29Juno Beach, FranceAugust 11, 1990August 11, 1990
    30Paris, FranceAugust 11, 1990August 12, 1990
    31Versailles, FranceAugust 12, 1990August 12, 1990
    32Paris, FranceAugust 12, 1990August 14, 1990
    33Reims, FranceAugust 14, 1990August 14, 1990
    34Paris, FranceAugust 14, 1990August 16, 1990
    35Frankfurt, GermanyAugust 16, 1990August 16, 1990

    Featured Image

    Heidelberg, West Germany

    The famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle’s Gate Tower was one of the major highlights on a day cruise of the picturesque Rhine Valley from Frankfurt-am-Main. This is also one of the few pictures of me in a country which no longer exists – West Germany! (Technically, of course). Haha look at me, I’m 11 here! Crazy.

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