I’ve been nominated by some fellow bloggers, Tony and Margie with Back Roads and Other Stories as well as Jyothi with Travel Explore Enjoy, to post one favorite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then to nominate someone else to participate. That’s 10 days, 10 travel pictures, and 10 nominations. It is my understanding that the idea behind the challenge is to expose audiences to new bloggers and vice versa. I’m always up for helping fellow bloggers, so I have accepted the challenge.
That said, my rule following self is going to follow Tony and Margie’s lead and break a handful of them. First, while a picture paints a 1,000 words, I’m incapable of posting a photo without some explanation. Sometimes the story makes the image that much more special. Second, though not specified, I think the intent is to post 10 days in a row. I’ll be lucky if I post 10 weeks in a row. I also may post more than one photo at times.
When we visited Jordan over Christmas and New Year’s in 2017, I felt nervous about going. It is such a shame that the news media only reports on violence in the Middle East which creates fear in the world. The people of Jordan were some of the nicest I’ve ever met.
We four girls drove around the country ourselves and felt completely safe. Not only that, we received some of the friendliest service I’ve ever experienced. The Jordanians really want visitors to have an enjoyable experience.
During our short week in Jordan, we visited the Dead Sea, the Wadi Rum Desert, Mount Nebo and Madaba, Amman, and of course Petra. While I’m uncertain of which part of the country I expected to like the most, I was pleasantly surprised by Petra.
From Little Petra to Petra
My all-time favorite day in Jordan included a hike from Little Petra to Petra. We began in Little Petra where we explored the ruins without any other visitors around. Thereafter, we hiked past Bedouin camps and through barley fields until we reached a Petra ticket taker who was just standing on the dirt road. We would have never known our way without a guide. There was nothing to indicate Petra was nearby.
And frankly, it wasn’t. It was six miles away! We continued through the mountains, ascending and descending along ridges, while admiring breathtaking views. We met trail workers, donkey handlers and women selling their wares. Eventually we turned the corner and were astonished to see the Monastery. This building, carved into stone during the 3rd century BC, was MASSIVE!
It was such a reward to see this grand ruin, which was featured in the movie, Transformers 3. Little did we know at the time, most visitors to Petra don’t even see it, as it is located at the very end of the complex. In fact, it isn’t even included in the map provided by the visitor’s center.
The walk to the Treasury and the Royal Tombs is several more miles. Along the way, we passed by other structures including the Lion Triclinium, Qsar Al-Bint, and the Great Temple. The details of these ruins are in my post From Little Petra to Petra…Phenomenal!
The Treasury, featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, is awe-inspiring as well. After hiking nearly thirteen miles (which included exploring), we barely made it to the Treasury prior to sunset at 4:30pm. It is best seen from the main entrance, which is a narrow sic. Upon our return the following day for another hike through the complex, we came this way.
There was so much to see at Petra. I could have spent three full days hiking, photographing, and just wandering around the grand complex. This ancient Nabatean and Roman site was a pleasant surprise! While my favorite photos on this post are of the people we passed along the way, it wouldn’t be just to discuss Petra without a photo of the Monastery or Treasury. Unfortunately, I uploaded low quality photos back then, so please ignore the pixelation.
Since the Diary of a Gen-X Traveler likes hiking experiences and the outdoors, I nominate this fellow blogger for the travel photo challenge. ETB
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