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Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra December 13th 2015

We drove to Wadi Musa, the town outside of Petra, after leaving Wadi Rum taking the Kings Highway. The Kings Highway was built over the ancient Nabataean trade route that connected Egypt with Damascus, Syria and the Euphrates River in Iraq. It has been used by the Romans for military conquests, for the medieval crusaders , and for Christian pilgrims still to this day. There are several desert crusader castles that dot the winding route through the Jordanian desert that we planned on visiting during our trip north. After checking into our hotel, the Al Rashid ($50), we decided to check out some of the local sites around Petra. Wadi Musa "Valley of Moses" is the biblical site where it is said that Moses struck water from a rock for his followers and now is a ... read more
Attack of the cats
Typical Petra stairways

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra November 7th 2015

Geo: 30.1451, 35.3979Today, we checked off a long-time bucket list item and enjoyed one of our most anticipated days of the trip. We planned a shore excursion to see the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It seems like most of our fellow passengers were eager to go there, too, as there were twelve buses ready for us. Fortunately, they loaded the buses at about half capacity again so we had lots of room to spread out, and we did not have to keep up with a large group. There were only twenty passengers and one Seabourn crew member on our bus. Khalid led our tour showing us everything of interest on the two-hour drive to Petra, then guiding us through about half of the ancient city. We then had an hour and ... read more
Greeters in the Gulf of Aqaba
Eilat, Israel Borders Aqaba Making One Metro Area
Entry to the Site

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra October 12th 2015

Then the Lord said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will pass by. There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord—but the Lord was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire—but the Lord was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound(1 Kings 19:11-12). This is the passage that came to mind while sitting atop one of the highest points of the ancient city of Petra. Exhausted from the intense heat and long climb to this high place, where the ancient inhabitants of Petra came to meet their gods, I was confronted with a refreshing gentle breeze and reminded of Elijah's "light silent sound." Perhaps most ... read more
Petra from across the valley
Valley of the Crescent Moon
"Treasury" of Petra

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra September 28th 2015

28 septembre 2015 - Jour 5 Nous rejoignons notre guide du jour, Samir, à 8h à l'entrée du site. De là, nous faisons les premiers 800m à cheval, c'est inclus avec le billet d'entrée. Je pense que ça doit être l'influence d'Indiana Jones mais c'est franchement ridicule car les chevaux n'ont même pas de rênes, ils sont guidés à pied par les bédouins. En chemin nous découvrons une première façade et des cavernes taillées à même la roche. Les chevaux nous laissent à l'entrée du canyon long de 2km. A l'intérieur les couleurs sont incroyables et Samir nous explique qu'elles changent au fur et à mesure de la journée, selon la lumière qui entre dans le canyon. Les Nabatéens qui ont édifié cette cité étaient de fabuleux ingénieurs. Non seulement l'emplacement de la ville a été ... read more
Canyon de Petra
Qui est là?
Dans une maison

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra July 6th 2015

Tis morning we got up at 6;30 hadd breakfast and straight down to the bus for 5min ride to petra very expensive to get in 50 jodanian dina p/p about 100 aus but wouldnt have missed it unfortunatly it was spoiled by the continual harrassment of the horse donkey and camel ride salesmen and boys the first of which is just inside the gate where you are offered a horse ride to the entrance supposedly included they say in the ticket price but when you get there a tip is demanded of at least 20 jod, once you get off the horse and pay your tip you will be expected to take a donkey ride the rest of the way and if you decline they follow you all the way while continuing to sell their ride ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra June 5th 2015

We planned to rise early today, head down to Petra as soon as it opens thus missing the crowds and the height of the midday sun. Petra opens its doors to visitors at 6am but as breakfast is not served until 6:30am in the Rocky Mountain Hotel, we pulled up outside the Petra visitors centre shortly before 8am. Petra is one of the Modern Wonders of the Modern World along with the likes of the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. In fact some archaeologists rank Petra as the eighth Wonder of the ancient World, a truly justifiable claim in many peoples' eyes if not only for the 'how on earth did they do that' factor!! The fee for adults is 50JD. The pricing policy gets complicated depending if you are staying at least ... read more
Roisin at the entrance to Petra
Early morning stroll down through the Siq
Pooh in the presence of the Treasury

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra June 4th 2015

The breakfast at the Amman Airport hotel was a variety of breads, pastries, cereals, meats cheeses yogurts and the usual assortment of hot dishes that could pass as the quintessential English 'fry up'. The plan today is to pick up our hire car and drive down to Wadi Musa, the town that serves the historical UNESCO world heritage site of Petra. We took the hotel shuttle back to the airport and found the car hire stand without any difficulty. The assistant was very efficient and the charges were exactly as we had already calculated with no hidden ‘nasties' or pushy salesman technique. Roisin asked if there was an additional charge of an extra driver. ‘No madam. As you are married there is no extra charge'. He then added, quite out of character forcing a wry smile: ... read more
Children and goats go to market in Jordan!!
A typical Jordanian high street somewhere!
View of Petra from hotel balcony, Wadi Musa

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra March 10th 2015

Petra is cool. It was an accent city that was deserted and left to the Bediouns for many many years. Until an explorer tricked the locals into showing him the way into the secret city. As I walked trough this place I thought of him often seeing it for the first time! We got up early and had the whole place to ourselves, it was great! The city was a thriving living city and you can feel it as you walk through and see all the decorations and homes built into the side of the cliffs. It is also crazy how tall the walls are! The pictures can tell the story for Petra!... read more
The Monastery
The Siq to get to the Treasury
It's huge!

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra December 8th 2014

Near tragedy struck just after midnight, when I rose to write the previous day’s blog. I positioned the laptop at the desk, even placing a throw rug under the chair so my feet wouldn’t get cold on the stone floor. In the room lit just by the bathroom light I found the mouse, just where it was supposed to be, and also the adapter plug for Jordan (different than the European style Israeli plug). Actually, the two round prongs of the European plug without ground will work in Jordan, but the third prong for ground is different. When I went to find the power cord for the computer, it wasn’t where it was supposed to be. After searching everywhere, and waking Sharon so she wouldn’t miss out on the joy of searching everywhere, we gave up, ... read more
Hallway of our hotel in Petra

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra November 8th 2014

The second part of my trip to the Holy Land took me outside of Jerusalem to explore the rest of the country. Leaving Jerusalem as another terrorist incident occurred, I boarded my bus that drove eastwards towards the Dead Sea. Whilst Jerusalem and the area around was very hilly, eventually you get to a huge valley, marking the border with Jordan, which at the bottom is the Dead Sea. As you then wind down the hill side there are some plaques denoting the elevation. And it is not long before you reach the "0m - Sea Level" sign. Fair enough, except when you look out to your left, you see the valley continues even further. Then it goes down "-200m", and you're still barely half of the way down. Passing by the Masada, I eventually arrived ... read more
Ein Bokek
Dead Sea
Israeli-Jordanian Border

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