Petra

The Treasury at Petra is carved out of the rock face. It is 30 metres wide and 43 metres high and dwarfs tourists that mingle with camels and donkeys at its base.

The Treasury at Petra is carved out of the rock face. It is 30 metres wide and 43 metres high and dwarfs tourists that mingle with camels and donkeys at its base.

Here we are at Petra and this is a quite amazing place. The Romans have been here to. They’ve been everywhere it seems and have left their mark. You can read all about Petra on the internet and in magazines but when you first glance at The Treasury coming out of the Siq after a 1 km walk down a narrow canyon it is really something different. Indiana Jones found a good set for his film!

Whilst Leanne  and a few others lounged around the main part of the site R climbed out of the gorge, with a group of co venturers,  to The Monastery up along a path with around 800 steps carved into the side of the cliffs. This is one of those ‘bucket list’ things people do.

The Monastery is 800 steps up the cliffs at Petra, looks a bit like The Treasury fare below.

The Monastery is 800 steps up the cliffs at Petra, looks a bit like The Treasury fare below.

                                         

This donkey appears quite patient while the owner takes a nap on the job.

This donkey appears quite patient while the owner takes a nap on the job.

                                          

She was carried forth on a horse

She was carried forth on a horse

We are staying in a neat village complex overlooking a valley with craggy peaks. There is also a contrast in life with small children trying to flog  postcards and other trinkets to the tourists,  young men touting  ‘silver’  bangles  aggressively to passersby and older more laid back and wily merchants peddling all manner of wares.                                                 

The view from the carpark at the village complex we stayed in near Petra.

The view from the carpark at the village complex we stayed in near Petra.

 

 

 

Pictures speak louder than words in this part of the world.

About allthegobro

I am a retired accountant who does a bit of consulting work from time to time. Leanne and I enjoy travelling around seeing the world and we are now going to have some fun recording our experiences in this blog

Posted on April 12, 2013, in Israel & Turkey 2013. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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