Petra

When I told people that I was going to Petra all the responses were the same.  It is amazing, you are going to love it.  I was concerned that I'd be disappointed because of all the praise.  Not the case.  Petra is just amazing.  The history, the beauty, the intensity, just everything. 

Tea with sage
We left Amman early stopping midway for tea with dried sage.  Sage is good for the stomach which we could all use a little of since we got here.

Petra
Setting out for the walk into Petra around 11ish.  Sun sets at 4ish and it is a long walk in.  You are wowed and continue to be wowed at every turn. 

Passage
Walking through the passage way toward the city is beautiful.  Years and years ago there was a earthquake that created the opening that we walked through. Down the sides, at the bottom of the canyons, the people that lived here carved out water catches so that water would flow downward into the city for use.  You can see it on the picture above in the near bottom left corner. 

Petraworshp
This is a small place to pray as people would leave the city.  They would also sacrifice their animals here.  You can't see it in this picture but to the right is a fairly large sized hole carved into the wall for the priest to sit in and oversee the prayer site. 

Camel
Camels and donkeys are everywhere.

Petraindianjones
Remember Indiana Jones?  Here is the Temple of Doom.

Petraburial
All of these small holes are burial grounds.

Petracave
Check out the incredible colors of the rock.  We were standing in a small cave. 

Petratheater
This was a theater.

Petardonkey
Fred and Emily left us after lunch.  On the way up to the Mosque, which is the very top of Petra and the end of the trail, Josh, Jessica and I took donkeys up to the top.

Petramosque
Here is the Mosque at the top.  Pretty amazing.  Truth is the pictures don't do Petra justice…at least from my camera. You can capture the size because the people in front look so tiny.

Petrasales
A million people will visit Petra this year.  There are small tents set up by the locals around the trail selling wares.  This is as touristy as it gets.

Walkdown
We walked down.

Petradonkeys
Locals hanging out with their donkeys hoping we will grab a ride.

Top
Views from the top on the way down.  Quite an incredible day.  It isn't the same but think of the Badlands in South Dakota meet the Grand Canyon in terms of the physical beauty as the basis for a bedoin city that has existed for thousands of years inside that is like nothing else.  People lived in the caves until 1985 when Petra became a UNESCO site.  The people were then moved out of the area.  After the Jordan/Israel treaty in 1994 people began to come here in bigger numbers to see Petra.  Those numbers grow annually.  Although a three hour drive from Amman, it is well worth the journey. 

Memorable is just one word that comes to mind.