Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort, Aqaba
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... area from Jordan to Damascus. They controlled the spice, frankincense and silk trade routes in the area, charging caravans tolls for safe passage. The city they built was eventually abandoned as they lost power when trade routes changed. Petra was basically “lost” by the 14th century and remained so until it was rediscovered by a Swiss traveler named Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812.
After walking through the visitor’s center, we began the walk to ...
Had an early start to the day so Len and Bruce could head back into Petra for the long trek to the Monastery which is at the far end of the ruins and up 800 steps carved into the rock face. We attempted to take donkeys to ease the journey but alas decided we would be more exhausted trying to stay on the beast than if we climbed the steps ourselves. The journey and the destination did not disappoint as the views from the climb ...
... will be said about that tomorrow. As for today, it seems we are going very slowly, the channel is quite narrow, and for the first time we are seeing offshore oil platforms, but none are so close that we can photograph them.
A quiet afternoon is spent reading, relaxing and drinking tea. However there was drama to come. During the course go the voyage we have become accustomed to the regular fire ...
... was questioning her on her dodgy knowledge of UK geography!!!
So far we had walked down the ring road to the waterfront so we decided to walk further in to the town to what was labelled as the town centre. We wheedled our way through some back streets. There were narrow, uneven roads. Many of these roads saw lots of activity and trade. These souks were quite evidently for locals selling everything from fruit and veg to furniture. Many of the tradesmen gave us a friendly ...
... for 2-3hrs in the heat or wanting a flea ridden donkey ride, so give the Monastery a miss. Retreat back to the Treasury and the sun is now illuminating the entire facade for that Kodak moment.
Surprised by the number of tourists now. Earlier they'd been few and far between but now the coach loads are arriving from Amman & Aqaba. Not seen this many tourists since Istanbul which seems an age away.
On the return, see the 12 year old postcard seller ...