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Mar 2, 2008 - Petra, Jordan

Petra, where do I begin? I am at a loss for words. Petra absolutely amazed me. Again, the pictures do not do this place justice. You walk down a narrow winding valley to enter into Petra. You are surrounded by sandstone walls that reach towards the sky, letting in only a touch of sunlight. As you continue down the gorge you start to see little shapes in the rocks...they are only the appetizers. You start to see doors, stairs, and what appears to be statues...but you're not quite there yet. As you near the end of the tunnel, it slowly...

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Oct 30, 2007 - Half way through Jordan

We have been keeping very busy since Madaba and have just found internet here in Wadi Musa, next door to Petra. We headed North and hung out in Jerash for a night where we explored the ancient Roman ruins and watched a Chariot race and Gladiator fight. It was put on special for the tourists but still interesting to see and hear the ancient stories. From there we came back south stopping at the Dead Sea for a swim, even though I knew we would float because of the high salt quantity it was still amazing. We found our own little private beach...

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Sep 13, 2007 - Petra!!!!

9/13/07 Greetings from Petra, Jordan WOW!! Petra is an amazing place! Yesterday, we spent from 7 am until 4 pm exploring this fantastic site. Every place one looks, one sees something fascinating. All of these tombs have been carved into the sandstone, including the ornate facades. They started at the top and carved into, and down, the mountain. You walk through a narrow gorge of about 3/4 of a mile and suddenly "The Treasury" appears and is absolutely breathtaking. This route was on the Silk Road and also the Spice Road and dates back to...

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Jul 24, 2007 - The Salty Dead Sea and Awe Inspiring Petra

From Amman our bus took to the King's Highway in the direction of Petra, first travelling through the fertile Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea. I was pretty excited about visiting the Dead Sea - at an elevation of 400m below sea level, this is the lowest place on earth! The easiest way to visit the Dead Sea in Jordan is through one of the swish hotels that line the shore. These each have a piece of beach front so you can have a float, and most sell a day pass that gives you access to their regular pools so you can have a bit of a proper...

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May 5, 2007 - Petra Rocks

Copyright 2007 David Rich 1200 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com 1 Jordanian Dinar=$1.40 US P E T R A R O C K S I've often puzzled over which is the world's most fabulous archaeological site. Of course, superlatives such as most fabulous, best, and crème de la crème may depend mostly on taste, or lack thereof. But still, without diverting to definition, I throw out the gauntlet for the debate to begin. For me the best of the ancient best is Petra in Jordan, hands down the most photogenic, colorful and extensive on the planet, its Treasury first...

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Apr 28, 2007 - Petra

I arrived in Petra fairly late from the Ferry in Aqaba. I'm currently traveling with another traveler from USA. Had an interesting conversation with one local when he asked where we're from. Apparently he is not a big fan of the USA (story for another time). Suffice to say, I think it will be best if say were both from Canada. So far I've found people in Egypt and Jordan just love Canada. Their initial response after telling them I'm from Canada is "oh.. Canada Dry". Is this our contribution to the world?? Visted the ancient city of Petra...

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Jan 14, 2007 - Indi!!!

Great! Boiled eggs, white goat's cheese, instant coffee, and pita bread for breakfast - again! I know, I know. It sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Well hell ya! And it was for the first 16 times, but it's getting a little old now. I suppose I can't knock it too hard - it's included with every hotel, so there's no extra meal to buy, but I have run out of creative ideas on how to arrange those items differently so that I at least FEEL like I am having a different culinary experience. Now if I spread the cheese with my left hand this time,...

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Nov 25, 2006 - JORDAN: Petra

Jordanian public transport was against us again when we tried to move from Madaba to Petra (about 200 kilometers south). Even though Petra is THE place to visit in Jordan. Maybe they are saying this so that you will fork out 45 JOD ($90 AUD) for a private taxi since there is no public transport into or out-of Petra at this time of year. Or if there was, no one wanted to tell us. And then our driver's name was Jehad - pretty close to the word Jihad (holy war) if you ask us. Maybe someone is trying to tell us something... Actually Jehad was...

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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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