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Jan 17, 2020 - Petra!!!

I didn't think it could be done, but we saw plenty of Petra in 3 hours! We left the hotel at 7am, drove 4 hours, including a rest stop at my favorite gift shop, saw Petra, had lunch, and then drove 3 hours to our hotel on the Dead Sea. It was a long day, and we walked at least 5 miles. I am satisfied that we saw the essential elements of Petra. The crowds were small, the street vendors were relatively low-pressure, and the weather was perfect. The best part of the experience was watching Kulaea ooh and aah. For the better part of the walk...

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Holy Land 2020

Nov 28, 2019 - Mount Nebo visit • Explore Madaba

While today was a mostly driving day, we made some interesting stops along the way. We drove hair pin turns to the top of Mt. Nebo, the spot where Moses supposedly viewed the Promised Land before he died nearby at the age of 120. The site certainly had a great view as promised, but since we also visited Moses’ death site in Palestine, who knows? Our guide said that there are a number of sites where Moses died, and that may have been done on purpose to keep grave robbers from making off with him. The site has been purchased and administered...

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Nov 28, 2019 - back to Petra again

We visited Petra from a cruise ship in 2017. While it was a thrill to see this World Heritage site, it was a frustrating day. We drove two hours to get there, ran half way in to see the Treasury, and ran back out again. It was overrun with people: many were our fellow passengers. We were thrilled that Petra was on this itinerary and we had a whole day to see it properly. Our hotel is right across the street and we entered the grounds when they opened at 7am. The most picturesque part of Petra is in a slot canyon and the colors on the...

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May 13, 2019 - One day in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan

Monday 13th May 2019 Day 17 Petra visit, ship in Aqaba, Jordan 𯇯𯇴 This morning we were up at 6am for our day trip to Petra, the ancient city of Jordan. After breakfast we checked in at the theatre and waited our turn to be called to the bus. There were 28 tour buses of about 50 people going today, so it was busy. We were on Bus 22, so we were underway from the dock around 9:15am, heading out from Aqaba. Once out of the city, the landscape becomes very mountainous and rugged, no green anywhere, just brown hillsides, sometimes scarred...

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Nov 25, 2018 - Petra...Extraordinary!

We started out at 8am into a nice day...finally! We walked along the ‘Siq” for a mile or so until we could see ahead through a crack in the massive sandstone wall...a sliver view of the The Treasury. A truly magnificent sight when you pass through the crack into the plaza and see this building. Petra was the seat of the Nabataeans over 2000 years ago. The area is huge and we walked a total of about 14 miles...5 of it straight up to The Monastary (over 800 stairs) and then down again. My knees are killing me! My photos cannot depict the...

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Jordan and Oman 2018

Sep 30, 2018 - Petra

September 30 was the highlight of the Jordan part of our trip. We went to Petra, the red city of the Nabateans that was later taken over by the Romans around 106AD. The Naboteans were traders, a nomadic tribe (we think) that settled down in Petra to run the trade from the caravans that brought frankincense, myrrh, and other goods from east to west. Brown University has an ongoing project at the site; in 1985 the remaining people in the site moved off and Petra became a UNESCO site. It is breath taking!

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2018 Adventures

Mar 24, 2018 - 1st report from Jordan

Thursday March 22 Well it was great to spent time in Business Class Sydney to Doha in Qatar on a flat bed. And before that in the Qantas lounge having a glass of wine and some food. Got a fair bit of sleep. Transfer at Doha was a fiddle - through security even taking off my watch, then going to transfer desk then through security again. A short wait to the connecting Royal Jordanian flight to Amman, the capital of Jordan which is only just over an hour. Even so it will be good to get to my hotel. Today is the joining day for the Discover...

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Feb 16, 2018 - Petra

Today we do Petra! Staying at Movenpick Petra is very convenient - we are right across from the visitor center. Dressed warmly as the forecast is for a cool day (high of 58) we leave the ticket booth for the 700 yd walk past the horses to the beginning of the siq. Our guide, Khaled, explained the history of Petra and the many peoples that have occupied Petra possibly as early as 4th century BC as the Nabataean kingdom. Nabataeans were Nomadic Arabs who invested in the proximity of Petra to the trade routes establishing it as a regional...

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Apr 25, 2017 - Petra

Jordan has one of those locations which always puts it in the middle of the action. We docked today in Aqaba after sailing most of the night down a narrow fjord jutting off from the Red Sea. In the clear, bright air we could see three other countries: Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia. Eliat was so close, we could have jumped in a small boat and been there in 15 minutes. The Israelis have built a wall to keep out the Palestinians, but this did not appear like a secure militarized border from where we were docked. For many years Jordan has worked...

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Jan 25, 2016 - Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan

This is definitely the low season for visiting Jordan. Not only has political unrest generally in the Middle East discouraged tourism, it is also cold. Undeterred, a tour group of about 30 Malaysians, bundled up in warm pashmina scarves and coats, bustled around our Movenpick Resort Hotel in Petra. Using my trusty walking pole, I gathered myself up and joined Barry for our hike into the valley of Petra. We literally walked across the street from our hotel to the park entrance. Majdi told us that the first builders of the funeral monuments...

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Jan 12, 2016 - We made it to Israel

Today we left Petra and started our trip towards Israel where today we will cross the Border. First we made a stop off at Wadi Rum where we rode jeeps through the Desert. The views were totally amazing. We then had the option of riding a camel, which Andrew and I both did. What an experience. Cant say it was the most comfortable ride but certainly a memorable one. We then stop of at a Bedouin Tent where we had some amazing tea. After a quick toilet stop we boarded the Coach and continued towards the Border. At the Border we had to leave the...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Petra is Amazing

What a whirlwind!!! After leaving Amman we travelled by bus to Madaba where we experienced driving like no other. We have a Coach and the driver is absolutely crazy a long with every other driver on the road. At Madaba we went to St George Church and saw some amazing mosaic floor from the 6th Century. We then drove to Mount Nebo where God showed Moses the promised land and where Moses died. From Mount Nebo you can see the Dead Sea, Jericho and on a clear day you can see Jerusalem, though we couldn't. Was quite a majestic place. We then...

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