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Jul 18, 2006 - Petra

Following an armed police convoy we drove through the mountainious desert of the Sinai to the port town of Nuweiba and the caught the slow boat across the Red Sea to Jordan. It was classic local transportation, we were told it was only 2 hours... 8 hours later we arrived. Out of 1,000+ passangers, John and I were the only white faces in a sprawled mass of Middle Easterners, needless to say I drew a lot of attention, but it was a good experience. Sweating and cramped with no concept of personal space, everyone sharing food and drink. At one...

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So Many Roads...

Jun 30, 2006 - Jordan

The main reason we went to Jordan was to see the lost city of Petra. As lovers of ancient ruins, it was a must see for Angie and I. I first saw Petra as a kid in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." It looked like the most amazing desert discovery in the movie...and it does not disappoint in real life. Petra is an ancient pink sandstone city that is located in southern Jordan. We entered the ruins via horse drawn carriage down the 3 kilometer tunnel that leads to the ancient city. The first building (and most spectacular) was the Treasury....

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May 18, 2006 - Petra, E-PE-TÁ-CU-LO!

O despertador perdeu a briga justa que travamos e acordamos 1 hora e meia mais tarde que o planejado. Tomamos nosso café da manhã de pão sírio com geléia e antes de seguir até Petra, paramos em uma padaria para garantir nosso almoço nas ruínas - uma ótima experiência, pães sírios (aqui jordanianos), muitos doces e todos os tipos de esfihas. Para entrar em Petra, você percorre uma passagem que sangra a rocha vermelho e rosa que caracteriza o local. O percurso sinuoso tem 1,2 km que pode ser feito a pé, de charrete, cavalo ou burros, andamos...

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May 12, 2006 - Petra & Wadi Rum, Jordan

When planning my trip, Jordan was all about Petra. Infact I have to have to say Petra was really the reason why the Middle East crept on to the itinerary. But on the safari in Africa John said to me a trip to Jordan without a visit to Wadi Rum was bordering on criminal...he was right. Not knowing much and with the sun quickly going down, I was blindly led to the town of Wadi Rum by a cab driver I found once I finished the ferry ride from Egypt. After five minutes in a hut negotiating with an imposing 6 foot (and plenty of change) man in...

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May 11, 2006 - Petra

I think we are staying in Petra, although it could be called Wadi Musa and Petra might be the ancient city they discovered afew years ago that the Nabateans lived in about 6000 years ago. We are visiting it 2moro. Petra is the place of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, its a city carved into the rock face and is really amazing. The Byzantines and the Romans added their bit to it, so its an interesting mix of monuments and buildings, but mostly it has heaps of tombs. Spent the whole day there but it takes afew days to see everything unless...

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May 2, 2006 - Petra

We got up at 2:30am, got dressed and went to the airport. Got to Aqaba, on the bus by 6:00, and to Petra by 8:00. (Got a little sleep on the bus.) We had breakfast at our hotel and took the bus to Petra. I was last there in 1975 and Norm has never been there. When I was there, you had to ride donkeys in, but today, they have dug down to the Roman road, widened it a bit and only let horse-drawn carriages in to the Siq (the narrow gorge that leads to Petra). After that they have horses, camels and mules to take you the rest of the 2 1/2 miles...

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Apr 10, 2006 - Petra... and Indiana Jones (Peltekian)

Written by Sophie Today we visited to the place where the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was made. We were taken by horse driven carriages through a gorge into the entrance to the city. This is an amazing place with lots of tombs and whole building curved up in the rock. We climbed to the top of the hill overlooking the Valley. We could see all of Petra. We also saw a ruined theatre and it was amazing. Then we drove to the famous sea port on the Red Sea called Aqaba. On the way, Dad and mom told us all about Lawrence of Arabia....

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ARE WE THERE YET?

Mar 27, 2006 - Jordan

Crossıng from Egypt ınto Jordan we had two optıons. The fırst would have cost 35US takıng a ferry from a town two hours North of Dahab to Aqaba Jordan. Indıgnant that the ferry company was makıng a kıllıng fleecıng toursısts who wanted to avoıd gettıng an Israelı passport stamp(essentıally an ınstant ban on entry to most mıddle-eastern countrıes) we decıded to take the more complıcated route through Israel. We would be goıng through arguably the toughest securıty ın the world twıce-but then at least we wouldn't be supportıng a tyrannıcal...

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Jan 6, 2006 - Petra, Jordan

Petra is absolutely spectacular - as good if not better than most of the Ancient Egyptian sites. More info of my experinece coming soon... Petra History (from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra%2C_Jordan ) ================================================================================== "The descriptions of Strabo, Pliny the Elder, and other writers identify Petra as the capital of the Nabataeans and the centre of their caravan trade. Walled in by towering rocks and watered by a perennial stream, Petra not only possessed the...

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Dec 10, 2005 - Petra

Wadi Mousa is the town that has sprung up entirely because of Petra and is a town full of hotels and all the services that go with a tourist attraction- several of the large hotels were closed because of the downturn in tourism since 9/11. In the evening we were taken down to see "Petra by night". A 1.2 km walk took us down through the candlelit Siq (canyon) until we reached the oh so famous Treasury. In front were placed hundreds of candles making it a really beautiful sight, and we sat down in time to hear a Bedouin play a type of violin....

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Nov 10, 2005 - Petra

NOV 09 - PETRA WHERE THE HOTEL CHALLENGES MY INGENUITY & WE VISIT THE ROSE-RED CITY Our hotel is great on the surface but in common with almost everywhere we have stayed it has almost no lighting levels in the room, no heating and only one power point from which to charge the various things I have to charge. This is in the bathroom (where else) and about 4 feet off the ground. In order to charge the i-pod I have to get my Practical English Usage book and stand it on end and then perch the i-pod on top. The cable is just about long enough. I...

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Oct 30, 2005 - Wadi Rum - Bedouin Desert Camping

Wadi Rum - Bedouin Desert Camping After our memorable days visiting Petra, Mohammed our driver and guide for the next 24 hours picked us up at the Marriott hotel in Petra in his black Toyota 4x4 truck. We said good-bye to Eric's brother Stephen as he made his way back to Eilat and then onwards home to Montreal. Eric and I continued on to have our 24 hour desert experience and camping at a traditional style Bedouin camp in the area known as Wadi Rum. About an hour from the hotel in Petra our driver and guide stopped and proceeded to let...

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