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Feb 12, 2005 - Petra

Well, after almost cancelling the trip, the visit to Petra was well worth it. In the end, instead of going from Amman, i simply included it as a side trip to Eilat. What can i say except really, that i was spectacular and i would highly recommend it. It was bloody cold and we got caught in a snow storm when leaving (which proved for an interesting car ride home that involved 360 degree spins) which added an extra dimension to the trip. I guess the highlight for me was being on a Camel, riding through the main trail in Petra, and having it...

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Feb 9, 2005 - Petra, Jordan

Petra was a Nabatean city that controlled the spice and frankinscence trade between the Arabia penninsula and Turkey. It was finally conquered by the Romans and after being occupied by the Arabs was abandoned and forgotten by everyone but the local Bedouins. A Swiss guy named Burckhardt disguised himself as an Arab and was able to get in and published his account in the 1800's. The first Indiana Jones movie had a sequence shot here. Early on Thursday I took the hotel minibus down to the entrance and bought a 2-day ticket. There's a 1200...

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Feb 1, 2005 - Yea so its been a while!!!

Hello everyone!! It has been a while. So, Cairo was a bust, it took us 10 days to get your indian visas, and when we did get them, we didnt have them do to the holiday, so they were delivered to the Indian Consulate but out of reach. So back to Dahab!! we had two weeks to kill and Cairo is one of those places that after three days you just have a head ache!! In Cairo we picked up a girl from Canada to join us on the voyage to Dahab, and by the time we left Dahab we had all become very close. This time around we were very active, rather than...

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Dec 28, 2004 - Petra, Jordan

Another lesson to add to the log book is: Don't arm wrestle with Arab men for money. I learned this lesson on my way out of the ancient town of Petra in Jordan, which is one of the most amazing places on earth I have ever been. In fact, I never had planned on coming to Petra, or Jordan for that matter, but it is close to Egypt and so many other travelers told me that it was the highlight of their trip in the Middle East. It was easy to persuade Jim, so after diving in Dahab, it was off to another Arab country. We reached Petra after taking...

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Dec 8, 2004 - PETRA

Well, we've seen Petra, the biggest of big deals on this trip (according to Kerry). It was very cool. First thing that happened to us, which was a turn for the better, is that we happened to arrive on an evening where they have what they call, "Petra by Night". This is where you and other people (Lots of other people) get to experience what Petra feels like at night in the dark and, what was supposed to be, the quiet. Unfortunately, we had about 130 other tourist with us that wouldn't keep their mouths shut for one second. Anyways, we...

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Nov 9, 2004 - Petra

How wonderful to wake up in the dark at 4am and see the stars above me! I got up as soon as it was light and had a walk around. Climbed some rocks and sat watching the sun rise over the hills - it was so quiet and tranquil. When I arrived back to camp everyone else was up and we had breakfast. After we'd eaten we set off on to hike to the main Petra site. The walk was fantastic with a bit of scrambling and quite a few ledges with steep drops (poor Sue). After a couple of hours we stopped for a rest and suddenly realised that a few hundred...

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Nov 8, 2004 - In hot water

This morning we headed back to Mt Nebo to have a better look at the mosaics. We were also hoping that the view of the Promised Land would be clearer in the morning but unfortunately it was still very hazy. We then visited St. George's church in Madaba. In 1884 a mosaic on the church floor was uncovered which showed a map of all biblical sites from Lebanon to Egypt and down to the Mediterranean. It was constructed around AD560 and is thought to have measured 15m by 6m. Only part now remains but you could clearly see Jordan, the Dead Sea and...

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Oct 30, 2004 - Feeling like Indiana Jones...

We decided to do a tour down the Kings Highway to Petra, instead of just catching a bus straight down. There were only four of us on the tour so we got to meet a Dutch girl who is living in China. The tour started with a visit to Mt Nebo, where it is said that Moses saw the promised land and where he was later burried. It had nice views! From there we followed the Kings Highway stopping at Madaba to see a church with mosaics on the ground from 560AD, it was a map of the Middle East at that time. Then to visit to Crusader castles (no, steve...

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Our trip home ....

Sep 29, 2004 - Petra

We spent two days in the Rose Red City of Petra (or rock) exploring one of the manmade wonders of the ancient world which was a primary feature of the trip. Abandoned centuries ago, Petra was the home of the Nabataens who were industrious traders who made their fortune by dominating the trade routes of ancient Arabia, levying tolls and sheltering caravans laden with Indian spices and silks, African ivory, and animal hides. The Nabataens came from Arabia and the Bedouin who now live in the area surrounding Petra and had previously lived...

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Sep 7, 2004 - Petra, Jordan

We have plans when we get into the cab. Petra then probably on to the Dead Sea and a night at Wadi Rum. The taxi is nicer than in Egypt, but still the male passenger front seat, the woman to the back seat. We are on our way on a very good road, for 5 min, when he pulls over and puts our luggage over into another taxi. ???? We get over there, too. Soon we realize that this driver could not be fooled by a non Hungarian, he speaks 5 times more Hungarian than Michelle. On very nice roads we get to the city nearest Petra in about 2 hours. The...

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May 12, 2004 - Hot showers and hot water bottle

Dear FRiends, Just a reminder; when replying to us, please use kandiewag@msn.com as we have trouble picking up other emails. We love to hear from you, so please keep in touch. We are just outside Petra with a day trip planned for tomorrow for entire day. Had a 9 hour driving day today after leaving Mt. Nebo where we bush camped on top with high winds and rocky cliffs. Really enjoyed Moses memorial church which is a very spiritual place. Yesterday we swam in the Dead sea or we should say floated on top! Then packed mud on our bodies to get...

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Kandie's Pilgrimage

Aug 30, 2001 - Petra

De Al Quds salí el 29 de vuelta a Jordania. En Amán sólo cambié de carros con la idea de llegar a Wadi Musa (río de Moisés), el pueblo cercano a Petra, ese mismo día. Aparte de la fenomenal excursión durante todo el día 30 a Petra, recuerdo la noche de ese día: esa vez me quedé en un hotelito de mochileros donde había un buen grupo de jovenes de todas partes del mundo, éramos unos 50 quienes habíamos visitado las ruinas y la reunión nocturna fue fenomenal, por la internacionalidad. Por supuesto, en la mañana todo el mundo tomó su camino, y...

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