Petra

Petra

“Petra is one of the densest palimpsests of human history. Layer upon layer of archaeological remains provide evidence of a fascinating story that stretches back for thousands of years. It is a masterpiece of human achievement, an aesthetic and architectural marvel, and the source of a huge amount of inspiration since the 19th century.”

― Charles River Editors, Petra: The History of the Rose City, One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

My first experience of Petra, at night, filled my head with wonder of what I would see when visiting during the day.  Since I only really saw the pathway, lit by luminaries, and the Treasury lit,

Little Petra and Petra at Night

Little Petra and Petra at Night

“Petra is a brilliant display of man’s artistry in turning barren rock into a majestic wonder.”
― Edward Dawson

One of the highlights of my summer trip to the Middle East was a trip to Petra, which is located in Jordan.

Before visiting Petra, we had a chance to go

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

“The desert, when the sun comes up…I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.”
― Tom Hanks

After crossing the border from Israel into Jordan, my friend, Larry, his niece, Rebecca, and I went to the place where we would meet our guide for a three-hour tour of Wadi Rum.  Wadi Rum is