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14 June 2013
Photo Friday: the Petra experience

so many camels, so little time
so many camels, so little time

As I've hinted at in past posts, there's a very good reason Petra is a World Heritage Site. UNESCO goes into great detail on Petra's "Outstanding Universal Value." Personally, I was just glad it was as amazing in person as the photos and movie footage it's featured in.

The pleasant walk into The Rose-Red City first provides a view of ancient silica quarries, partially-carved tombs (which we jokingly referring to as "art school"), and Djinn blocks. The latter, freestanding cube-shaped monuments to spirits from Arab folklore, give the site a Flintstonian feel.

the walk in
the walk in

the Marriott crew poses at "art school"
the Marriott crew poses at "art school"

Rawan does her best Wilma Flintstone impression
Rawan does her best Wilma Flintstone impression


The next section is The Siq, a narrow passage through the mountains leading to the carved city of Petra. Exploring the colors and textures of the sandstone canyon was one of my favorite parts of the visit. You can see my full homage to this natural wonder in my last post "Pet Rock."

entering The Siq
entering The Siq

rockin' out
rockin' out


One hazard was the horse-drawn buggies designed for those unwilling or unable to make the walk. They'd come zooming by with little warning, although after a while we began listening for thundering hooves echoing off the canyon walls.

donĀ“t get trampled by lazy tourists in buggies
don´t get trampled by lazy tourists in buggies


At the end of The Siq, the carved facade of The Treasure emerges. This is the iconic view you see most often, but is no less spectacular to behold.

iconic Petra
iconic Petra


Cue the Indiana Jones theme song!

The Treasury
The Treasury

oktapodi often gets mistaken for Indiana Jones
oktapodi often gets mistaken for Indiana Jones


Unfortunately you can't go inside The Treasury, known in Arabic as Al-Khazna, but you can wander around and admire the carved facade. Crafted by the Nabatean civilization in 60BC, the structure is actually a gigantic tomb, covered in Greek-influenced columns and carvings.

Corinthian columns
Corinthian columns

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Hellenic warriors

loving how the light moves across Al-Khazna
loving how the light moves across Al-Khazna


The scene in the Treasury plaza is a chaotic pastiche of camera-wielding tourists, camel-wielding touts, and wheelbarrow-wielding maintenance men.

Captain Jack Sparrow working the Petra crowd
Captain Jack Sparrow working the Petra crowd

in front of The Treasury
in front of The Treasury

Lindsay, Rawan, oktapodi, Mark, Aftab
Lindsay, Rawan, oktapodi, Mark, Aftab

Treasury Plaza
Treasury Plaza

cameltoe
cameltoe

obligatory cheesy tourist shot with fake guards
obligatory cheesy tourist shot with fake guards


We continued down the Street of Facades towards the Theater, which was also under renovation. Plenty of cool stuff to see along the way, though.

lightshow
lightshow

Rawan photographs Lindsay
Rawan photographs Lindsay

mellow touts
mellow touts

festively-attired donkeys
festively-attired donkeys

Street of Facades
Street of Facades


The fact that the Theater was off-limits didn't stop Aftab, who hopped the fence to take a better picture. I'm happy to note he didn't end up on an episode of "Locked Up Abroad."

renovations at The Theater
renovations at The Theater

Aftab behind bars
Aftab behind bars


There was no shortage of touts trying to sell us camel rides or trinkets, but they weren't nearly as aggressive as I'd expected. Some of them, like this young girl who approached us with an armful of necklaces, were surprisingly friendly.

vendors
vendors

touts awaiting their next customers
touts awaiting their next customers

hey, shouldn't you be in school?
hey, shouldn't you be in school?


We weren't able to stick around for the hike up to the Monastery, as a member of our troupe had to get back to Amman for a flight. (A handy excuse just as the heat was starting to crank up.) But the stroll back through the Siq rewarded us with a delicious color show.

more spectacular lighting changes on the walk back
more spectacular lighting changes on the walk back

breathtaking
breathtaking

a rose-red city half as old as time
"a rose-red city half as old as time"


Then, sadly, back to reality.

annnnnnd back to the cheese!
annnnnnd back to the cheese!

time for souvenirs
time for souvenirs


And thus concludes the lengthy curation of my many-many Petra pics. Check out the links below for other posts and allllll the photos uploaded from our Jordan travels. Next up, our side trip to Beirut!

For more fabulous travel snaps check out Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


RELATED LINKS:
* Photo Friday: Pet rock
* Photo Friday: unexpected Petra
* Photo Friday: waking up in Petra
* Wanderfood Wednesday: epicurean despot
* Teambuilding in Amman: the hills are alive
* In my Dead Sea bowling shoes
* Photo Friday: Middle East teaser
* browse all Jordan posts

* browse all Jordan pics
* browse all Petra pics

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07 June 2013
Photo Friday: Pet rock

Petra is most famous for its Nabatean-carved structures like the Treasury and the Monastery ...and we'll get to those in a future post. But even before the Treasury emerges from beyond the canyon walls of the Siq, visitors are treated to a spectacular display of sandstone colors and textures.


It's a photographer's wet dream.


I started to see faces everywhere in the charismatic rock formations.

I'm gonna eatcha!


The gorgeous hues seem to shift with each passing minute. We lucked out with a sunny morning, and left the site just as the afternoon heat began to seriously bake everything.


More to Petra pics to come! I'm just getting warmed up. Here's the rest of what I've uploaded so far. Meanwhile, for more fabulous travel snaps check out Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.

 

RELATED POSTS:
* Photo Friday: unexpected Petra

* Photo Friday: waking up in Petra
* Wanderfood Wednesday: epicurean despot
* Teambuilding in Amman: the hills are alive

* In my Dead Sea bowling shoes
* Photo Friday: Middle East teaser
* browse all Jordan posts

* browse all Jordan pics (still a work in progress)
* browse all Photo Friday posts

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24 May 2013
Photo Friday: unexpected Petra

hey, even touts need to check Facebook from time to time
hey, even touts need to check Facebook from time to time

light and dark and dark and light
light and dark and dark and light


Yes, I'm teasing out the Petra pictures, little by little... You know you love it. Keep begging for more! Meanwhile, check out Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


RELATED POSTS:
* Photo Friday: waking up in Petra
* Wanderfood Wednesday: epicurean despot
* Teambuilding in Amman: the hills are alive

* In my Dead Sea bowling shoes
* Photo Friday: Middle East teaser
* browse all Jordan posts
* browse all Photo Friday posts

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17 May 2013
Photo Friday: waking up in Petra

room with a view

Petra is one of those mystical-magical places that, even with our modern jaded overexposure, never fails to amaze. A small group of us had the opportunity to take a quick trip here after our meetings, and I came away with a small mountain of photos. (Imagine your complete and total lack of surprise.)

Today's first batch is just from the first few moments of waking up at the Petra Marriott, which is about 10 minutes away from the archeological site. Even the views from our room were stunning. We'd arrived late the previous night and hadn't had a chance to appreciate the delicious vistas of the Petra Valley.


Normally waking up before sunrise is not my jam. I got over that. The baklava tray helped.
a civilized way to wake up


The misty-mountain-hop quality of the light...



Gradually began to warm up...



It always amazes me to see plants growing under such austere conditions.


Bit of a lonely outpost, but the view beats cubeville anyday!


Just a few minutes' difference made dramatic changes in the scenery...



Oktapodi is awake and ready to see Petra!


Er mah gerrrrrrd, soooooo many more pics of Petra to come. Meanwhile, for more fabulous travel snaps, check out Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


Also, I'm still working on restoring the site after our recent crashitude, so not all pics have been uploaded and a few bits & pieces need to be tidied up. Do peruse the other Jordan blog posts, though! And thanks for your patience.

 

 

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12 April 2013
Photo Friday: Middle East teaser

I'm waaaaaaay behind on posting pics and stories from last month's trip to Jordan & Lebanon  -- due in small part to a technology snafu that turned into a mild panic this week --  but I'm back on task and should have some goodies for you soon. Meanwhile I didn't want anyone to abandon hope, so here are a few quick teaser photos from our delightful accommodations at the Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa.

Views from our room by night...

Jordan Valley Marriott at night

Jordan Valley Marriott at night


...and by day (that's the Dead Sea in the hazy background of the second photo)

Jordan Valley Marriott by day

Jordan Valley Marriott by day


And just for kicks, one from Petra, because who couldn't use a little cameltoe on a Friday?

Petra cameltoe

More to come, including our adventures in Beirut. Stay tuned!

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