This was my second trip to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a nation next to Israel which the two enjoy mostly good relations. Jordan effectively became a new country taking the eastern two thirds of the British Mandate of Palestine in 1946, two years before the creation of modern state of Israel using the other third.
Petra is a big national park, we spend a day and a half there which was just right to see most it. Getting around is done by donkeys, horses and camels, the standard mode of transport for the traditional Arabian people.
The terrain here is stunning, there are hundreds of caves, narrow passageways and hill tops to explore. These Roman soldiers were a nice touch and didn’t remember seeing them last time.
There are people selling stuff everywhere, mostly traditional style jewlery, its almost like the vendors go to a special bedouin sales school, as they tend to use the same phrases to trade, “its happy hour, special price!” was heard at almost every hour of the day. Coke machine in the desert! Sadly you can’t buy ice cream here, as it appears the vast expanse of the place means everything runs of a generator, and freezers are too difficult to run this way I think.
This is the iconic temple carved into the rock used in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, although it doesn’t get more than a minute or so exposure.
I’ve always wondered if George Lucas might of had coffee with the then King Hussein of Jordan, seeing the movie put Jordan on the map for film loving visitors to the Middle East.
Some of the sellers of items we ignored with the intention of making some deals in the way back down the hills, these coins were interesting as Roman heads can be seen on them. By the time we came back down to take a better look at these items, the traditional Arab woman was half asleep smoking a marijuana joint, and her 7 year old girl was running the shop! Theres a small number of feral cats here, I’m sure there descended from the felines brought over by the British to keep the mice under control. This kitten we fed with some left over cottage cheese from our lunch seemed happy.
Petra is an unforgettable experience, and without a doubt one of the wonders of the world.
I actually do wonder if Petra would be the location where the remnant of Israel would be sheltered, for the 3.5 years, during the anti-Christ’s reign.