Petra, the jewel in Jordan's crown


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March 17th 2017
Published: April 8th 2017
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Having been fortunate enough to have visited most of the world's great tourist attractions over the years, Petra had risen right to the top of my 'bucket list'. My concern was whether the expectation had resulted in perhaps my 'lifting the bar' a bit too high. It hadn't! Petra was without a doubt the highlight of my trip. As predicted, the southern border crossing from Eilat in Israel to Aqaba in... Read Full Entry



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8th April 2017

Petra is a marvel
Every inch is amazing.
8th April 2017

Petra
Yeah, you might have gathered it runs pretty high on my list.
8th April 2017

Excellent Petra pics!
Hi Joan and Neil, I would absolutely love to visit Jordan, a friend of mine has been spending some time thre and I hope to get there with her sooner rather than later. You spoke of there being thinner crowds due to the neighbouring conflicts; did you discuss this with any of the locals in the tourism industry? They must be feeling a some of that hit. awesome photos, you made me want to explore even more! Cheers, Emily
9th April 2017

Petra
Hi Emily, The only ones we 'discussed' this with were a couple of the local Bedouin on site, who acknowledged the numbers were down but didn't go into detail. On the basis that my mother told me to never discuss politics or religion with strangers (and to say the Middle East is being screwed up by both would be an understatement!), we didn't really move beyond that superficial stage. If I can help in any way with future planning, feel free to get in contact. You should consider Oman - did you read my 3 blogs on there? Cheers, Neil
9th April 2017

I've enjoyed Following your travels...
and look forward to more from Western Australia.
10th April 2017
Close up of the other three Tombs

Petra
High on my bucket list as well. Nice to see some great pics of the less seen tombs as well.
13th June 2017

Excellent narrative and photos-big nostalgia trip for me
Loved reading this--brought back my own memories of this fantastic place. We did meet Marguerite on our visit as our group of 5 included 2 Kiwis who actually knew or were friends of Marguerite's son. I bought her book as well and found it quite interesting reading. We had fun with the carriage guys and donkey guys and horse guys who kept telling Kurt he should ride. He didn't go up to the monastery but he did manage the walk down and back--a bit slowly, You are certainly right the topography did remind me of the Bungles and also of some spots in the U.S. Southwest.
16th June 2017

Petra
Thanks Faith. Trust all well. Look forward to catching up in January.

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