There Is More To Jordan Than Petra
|One of the many roadside sellers. |
Our driver stopped and purchased olives for his family.
On to Madaba, south of Amman, and Mount Nebo where Moses was to see the Promised Land but he would not enter it. Jordan is filled with Biblical sites including John the Baptist's wilderness and the Jordan River where John baptized Jesus. We drove the King's Highway, the ancient trade route for the past 3000 years, from Madaba to Petra snaking through Wadi Mujib, the "Grand Canyon" of Jordan, briefing stopping at Karak Castle and ending our day at Dana with its diversified eco-system to overnight at Tower Hotel, renovated from ancient stone blocks. The next day we hiked Little Petra and then drove to world famous Petra where we stayed two full days.
|Early morning walk along|
the 1200m. narrow siq.
|Our breakfast at Caravan Desert |
Camp. Huge with variety!
As we drove to Aqaba on the Red Sea we observed the numerous container trucks on the highway, as the port city is the main shipping center of Jordan. After finding our hotel we strolled to the harbour where we hired a glass bottom boat tour. We circled some of the tankers in the bay and saw one that had burn damage from a recent fire. Later we took a shuttle to a private beach south of Aqaba and enjoyed snorkeling and swimming for the day. There were many colourful fish and I saw a lion fish which I was glad to avoid. Around four in the afternoon we returned to our hotel and then went out for supper where we enjoyed sayadieh (a fish and rice dish cooked with lots of caramelized onions) and kanefe,( a rich buttery cheese and syrupy dessert.)
After Aqaba we drove to
the Dead Sea and stayed in a fabulous modern resort right on the edge of the
water. We covered ourselves in mud,
waded into the warm water and floated as long as we wanted without
sinking. It's a fabulous feeling! What
|An odd sensation to be able to float for hours.|
There is so much to see and enjoy in Jordan and we felt safe and relaxed as we toured this marvelous country. November is probably the best time of year to visit as it's weather perfect with sunny days in the mid 20's and very little rain. We used a local tour company called Jordan Beauty Tours and they met our every need, even upgrading our Aqaba hotel. Petra was certainly a highlight of this country, but there is much more to see.
|Our transportation to the High Place of Sacrific|
for a bird's eye view of Petra
|Floor mosaic reprsenting the oldest map of Palestine.|
|Standing at the alter area after our donkey|
ride up the steep trail!