Trip Start Nov 10, 2011
33Trip End Dec 03, 2011
LIttle Petra is an unexpected treat -- as we would learn the next day, this beautiful area, not frequented by tourists, looks very much like Big Petra. It is small and can be viewed in under an hour. By this point of our trip, Tom and I had bonded with Samir, or he had bonded with us. Tom and I are the only married couple on the Jordan leg of our trip, and he and Samir are the same age. Although we have only known Samir for a few days, we both feel as if he is a friend. It will be sad saying good-bye to him.
Thus, we were the adventurous ones who climbed the embankment to view the spectacular sight of Little Petra with Samir where he took pictures of us in the twilight of the sunset
As we entered Little Petra, the Bedouins were setting up a tent for dinner -- probably for a group of tourists.
Al-Beidha, or Little Petra, was one of the main commercial areas of Petra, the entry and exit point for the trade routes to the north and northwest. Here the caravans from the Negev, Gaza, Askalon, Jerusalem, and the Phoenician coast would arrive and settle for awhile to engage in trade. There camels and donkeys roamed in the area near the cistern. The merchants probably stayed in the cool seculusion of the Siq al-Barid, the cold gorge, whose entrance is at the end of a narrowing of the valley.