Dubai Post 79: Petra in Pictures
|I figured we were going to ride into Petra like Indian Jones. Instead|
our horse ride lasted a mere 600 meters and was clearly met for
|The narrow naturally made sique leads you into the|
Rose Red City.
|Our tour guide who told us he was killed in the Indiana Jones movie |
and they also gave him the task of guarding the lions. During the tour
we found out he would have been 10 years old when it was filmed...
|200 meters up.|
|Along the way were carvings leading the wanderers into the city|
2,000 years ago. Here you can see two camels being lead by a
|The amazing site through the crack. Petra was actually|
lost for hundreds of years after the city ceased
to exist. I could not imagine what the Swiss
explorer thought when he saw this site in 1812.
|The most famous site within Petra, the "Treasury". It|
is the most well know site because it has not seen the
effects of erosion as many of the other sites have.
|The detail was incredible considering it was carved|
into the mountain.
|Inside of one of the tombs.|
|Passing by some of the more wealthy tombs.|
|Nabataeans were the group of people who originally carved Petra. It|
was then later taken over by the Romans before it was lost among
the mountains for ages. I imagine some of the earliest settlers
were buried in these tombs.
|The inside of a Nabatean home. The paint used to decorate the|
inside has not completely worn off.
|The theater is over 2,000 years old before the Romans arrived.|
|Bedouin kids swarm the grounds of Petra. They were|
very eager to pose for the camera as well as chat
you up. It is incredible how good their English
is for living in a Bedouin village.
|Part of the amazement of Petra are the views provided by the Monastery.|
You could either walk the 860 stairs or take a donkey. We decided to
take the donkey, good idea or bad idea?
|Bad idea, it was more scary than bungee jumping. Every now and then|
it would try to rush up the stairs even though there was a ledge
two inches to the right. It was also great fun when it started bucking...
|Luckily we got off the donkeys half way up. I was then able|
to enjoy the incredible views.
|And then there was Brylski...climbing again.|
|I was not expecting this. We climbed the last set of stairs and|
there was the monastery. One of the greatest moments
of the day.
|There I am standing in the doorway. It gives you a|
perception of how big it was.
|Little did we know what lied ahead.|
|BAM, it was like something hit us in the face when we saw stepped up|
here. We were not expecting this at all. We knew we were climbing
high but not this high. We really felt like we were on top of the world.
|The views were simply amazing. The pictures can not describe how|
how they actually were. We were also told we were looking
at four different countries.
|We were all PETRAfied at the ledges. Of course Brylski was climbing|
around and we were yelling at him.
|Looking at the ledge we were standing on only a few minutes ago.|
|A view over looking the Monastery.|
|The main stretch of the city in Petra. I could only imagine|
what it felt like to walk the streets of this ancient city thousands
of years ago.
|The town Petra resides in. That night, cars were honking and|
fire works went off because it was graduation day in the town.
|The bar at our hotel, Cave Bar, was the local hot spot in the town.|
We thought it was cheesy that it had the Disney world
effect trying to mimic Petra. We later found out it was a real
Nabatean tomb...we felt like idiots.
|The local Jordanian, Abraham, we befriended. He brought us the most|
|Of course there was the Indian Jones gift shops all along the streets.|
Petra was truly an amazing place. The combination of the beautifully carved city with the breath taking views make it a world wonder and a place everyone must see before they die.