Promising Petra..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Petra.. One of the greats.

Well after a wonderful couple of days in Wadi Rum it was off to Petra which has to be one of the finest archeological sites in the world. It was a tough decision to spend as much time in Jordan as we had to but being able to see Petra again and to also have Kat see it for her first time made it all worth it (almost).

Petra was chosen as the capital of the Nabateans because it was located in a valley surrounded by sandstone mountains. There are many ways to get into Petra, but none of them are easy, and if the valleys are sealed, it is almost impossible for anyone to enter. The main entrance to Petra is a narrow gorge called the Siq. The Siq and the temple at the end of it (the Treasury) were popularized in the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. A great movie by any measure.

Soon the hills fall back on either side and leave an open space about a 2 KM's long. On the slopes was the actual city, temples, tombs, palaces, baths and private houses, with a fine paved street following the line of the stream, and bridges reaching across at intervals.

From the open space of the town site, valleys go off in all directions, and hours could be spent wandering up and down these narrow ravines. They are lined on both sides with houses and tombs, of infinite variety and size, and at every turn another sight catches your eye, natural and man made. Occasionally flights of steps will be seen winding their way up the sides of the mountains, paths up which the worshippers climbed on their way to the place of high sacrifice.

We spent 8 hours walking in and around Petra and it was tough work. Not as tough as being chained to a desk like most of you poor suckers but tough nonetheless so I'm sure you'll sympathise with us. I fried my rather large forehead something chronic and Kat again had to give me a lecture on being 'sun-smart'.

All in all it's an eye-opener and a half of a place and certainly worth the visit despite the AUD$50 price tag per person.

Well that's it for Jordan. From here we went back to Amman for a couple of days and then flew to Pakistan so our next pod will be from Peshawar, Pakistan.

Hope you're all well.


Nath and Kat.
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