Jordan 2012 Day 7 – Petra all day

Figured that Petra was worth spending another day, and we knew we were right when we visited on the first day. The place was huge, when we considered the other not so well known parts of the Petra complex and definitely worth the walkabout. The day’s sole activity was to roam this vast grounds that were once inhibited by the Nabateans.

American movies influence at the Petra shops.

American movies influence at the Petra shops.

Walking through the long Siq became easy already since we had did it a couple of times the day before. Still mesmerising to look up and then feel small as the towering walls enclosed on the people passing through.

Another walk through the Siq.

Another walk through the Siq.

There was always the anticipation of seeing the Treasury at the end of the Siq, expecting a different view at different time of the day. True enough, it looked different as the sun highlighted the part it’s sun rays shone true and of course there were camels as accessories.

Day break at the treasury.

Day break at the treasury.

For transportation and tourism.

For transportation and tourism. Dressed for the occasion.

So it was all about freely walking about to see and feel the entire area that had a culture once thriving in the past. The simplest was to follow the map and go to these points of interest. Though without a guide, there were information board to provide some form of knowledge to the simple traveller. As we walked about, there were offers of donkey rides, which we didn’t take, wife being an animal lover not wanting the poor donkey carry us.

Lone donkey, animal commonly used by the Bedouin for transportation.

Lone donkey, animal commonly used by the Bedouin for transportation.

It was a clear day and as much as we loved the fact that the photos will turn out nice, it was just really hot. The climbing of the stairs was made more difficult by the heat.

High place of sacrifice.

High place of sacrifice. Required some climbing, the panoramic view from there was worth it.

Various steps going up and around.

Various steps going up and around.

Qasr Al-bint Temple.

Qasr Al-bint Temple.

Donkey hides in the shade while tourist climb past up the stairs.

Donkey hides in the shade while tourist climb past up the stairs.

Roaming around a corner, we was surprised to find another architectural wonder that looked like the Treasury, only bigger! It was called the Monastery.

Huge Monastery, bigger than the Treasury. I am at standing at its entrance.

Huge Monastery, bigger than the Treasury. I am at standing at its entrance.

From the Monastery, there was a path that led to the End of The World. We had to see and trekked on. It wasn’t really fantastic at the end of the path though, just that you could see the vastness of brown, hills and sand. There was what looked like a home built near the cliff and overlooking the End of the World.

The end of the world view??

The end of the world view??

Living spaces atop the hills.

Living spaces atop the hills.

The place was really huge, had to settle for late lunch at the only restaurant there.

More carved in spaces for the Nabatean.

More carved in spaces for the Nabatean.

View of Petra inner compound from the top.

View of Petra inner compound from the top.

After our break, it was more of walking. We were looking for a place where we could view the Treasury from the top. The directions were given in the lonely planet and we found our way there. It was quite some climbing before we reached the top. Then there was some climbing down to a ledge. There was a bedouin there and he offered me some tea. I had an awesome photo opportunity there!

View of the theatre from atop.

View of the theatre from atop.

The life, drinking Bedouin tea while viewing the Treasury and the world below.

The life, drinking Bedouin tea while viewing the Treasury and the world below.

We left after sweating the whole day, with aching muscles and memories of this new Wonder of the World, truly worthy of its status. We could stay another day but it was time to explore the other places that Jordan had to offer. Dinner was at some random food place.

Falafel.

Falafel.

Chips and meatballs.

Chips and meatballs.

Chicken with rice.

Chicken with rice.

More bedouin tea in a Chinese tea pot.

More bedouin tea in a Chinese tea pot.

Sweet pastries for deserts.

Sweet pastries for deserts.

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About ziyi

A travel addict from the little red dot otherwise known as Singapore. Started blogging during travel to help the aging forgetful mind remember the experience of each destination.

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