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This was our most laid back day in Jordan, fitting for a stay in a Red Sea resort town. We set off at noon for a half day of snorkelling on a local boat with a 2-man crew. They were both smiling, friendly and fun-loving, gently coaxing those new to snorkeling into the water to enjoy glimpses of colourful coral and fish.
As we cruised out …
... at our destination, the visitor’s center at entrance to the ancient city of Petra, and were introduced to Ali, our guide for the tour there. Petra, built by the Nabataeans when they settled in southern Jordan about 2200 years ago, is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. It was carved by hand into the native sandstone walls of a canyon and is basically hidden from sight until you are in the midst of it. The Nabataeans were a powerful kingdom that ...
... still standing. It also has a spot where you can stay and turn in a circle and see Amman for miles.
Of course we needed to finish off the afternoon with food so we headed to the Wild Jordan Cafe. It has a beautiful view of the city, organic food, and a wonderful Chai Latte.
Laura, Angela and Kati all headed out on the plane for different areas of the world. Melissa stayed behind to give us a few more days of companionship!
... deposited in a heap on the floor. Not ridden a donkey since. These donkeys here are the Skegness cast offs. You can imagine the state they're in.
Petra's been modernised since I last came. Gone are the manky Bedouin tent eateries and latrines. Now there are clean and wholseome restaurants and public toilets that are far cleaner than most public toilets in the UK - not that I frequent public toilets you understand.
Not particularly keen on climbing ...
We arrived in Aqaba, intending to partake in some snorkelling (diving being out of the question with my eardrum almost but not fully recovered) or just some beach time by the Red Sea.
Well, that went out the window pretty fast. At the hotel, a big gust of wind blew the door shut...on my fingers. Profuse bleeding on the floor commenced. My right ring fingertip was badly bruised, but my middle fingertip was a completely ...