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When in Petra...

Do as the Nabateans do!

sunny 77 °F

(The Nabateans being Petra's original inhabitants and builders of much of the site we see today. Though it might not be confirmed in the historical record, I'm sure they would have made efforts to capture similar sunset scenes as below.)
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Our two days here have been action-packed. We've been especially lucky to have an incredible guide named Talat. Not only has he helped us understand the history of the site and taken us off the beaten path, but has also provided great insight into modern Jordanian culture. Last night, we even had the privilege of joining him for what I'm sure will rank as our best meal in Jordan at his family home (5 or 6 of his 11 brothers and sisters and some of their own families were also there!).
We've spent a total of 20 hours at the site over the past two days and have really had a chance to cover a lot of ground. Yesterday began with a walk down the Siq (gorge) to the Treasury (if you don't know Petra, you might still recognize it from Indiana Jones). The structure is truly spectacular and remarkably well-preserved, owing to the fact that its actually inset into the cliff face and therefore protected from the elements. The treasury, like almost all other structures in Petra, is actually a tomb - built to ensure that the Nabateans would live comfortably during the afterlife.
Treasury.jpg

The afternoon was mainly spent hiking up to the "Monastery" - another tomb in the mountains above the site that also featured a very unique scenic view.
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In case you're wondering, it wasn't really...

Today, Talat led us off-piste in the mountains around Petra and we enjoyed a mid-morning Tea on the cliffs above the Treasury. It was really something to look down at the groups gathered below, though we tried to keep as far away from the edge as possible. After lunch, we discovered a path leading up the other side of the canyon and ended up with an incredible vantage point on the other side of the structure (yes, that's us mugging for the camera with the Treasury below).
All-in-all, an active couple of days in Petra that have left us in need for a warm soak and a bit of rest - hopefully a lie-in tomorrow should be just what the doctor ordered!
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Yes, those are people (well) below
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We couldn't resist

We'll be going off the grid in the desert tomorrow, but stay tuned for Nicole's dispatch on our last few days in Jordan.

NB: If you're looking for an excellent guide in Jordan, Talat can be reached at talatpetra@hotmail.com or through his travel agency www.seejordantours.com.

Posted by jkirsch 11:09 Archived in Jordan

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Mo and I have that exact picture. Amazing site.

by gkirsch

Those pictures are absolutely incredible.

by dhildy

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