Described as ‘Vast and echoing and god-like’ by T.E. Lawrence in his famed 7 Pillars of Wisdom, rarely does a visitor leave unawed and uninspired by this moonscape. In fact the only regret of this writer is that he did not have enough time to spend the night in this “magically haunted ” moonscape – vowing to come back one day with his family to take a 2 day camel caravan to fully drink in its arid beauty.
Who ever it was who said that the longest journey begins with the first step never sat on their behinds for several hours on a plane. Even though I’ve earned my iron-butt flying wings for 28 hour hauls to and…
Today we saw the location we enjoyed a quiet but stirring communion where Elija ascended into Heaven, where Joshua lead Israel across the Jordan, and where Jesus was Baptized by John. I am so incredibly grateful to the Jordan Tourism Board for this once in a lifetime opportunity . It is my prayer that this blog will encourage readers to visit this amazing country and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Jordanian people. Shokran Gazillan.
Lot’s get-away cave, his wife’s pillar, spa treatments and floating about the Dead Sea, all in one day. With our journey is about to end, we’re getting a little relaxtion in before having to return home.
Just as T.E. Lawrence did almost 90 years ago, we traveled south towards the Red Sea, only we under more comfortable circumstances. In fact, Aqaba is the only port city in the country of Jordan, which it was why it was so important the British, the Arabian revolt, and to those of us in the 21st century who though in love with the desert, now sought greener pastures.
If Petra is the oil of Jordan, then Wadi Rum is the silver. A moonscape described by T.E.Lawrence as “vast, echoing and godlike.” There, we enjoyed a four hour drive in the desert with a stop in a Bedouin encampment and a once in a lifetime view of the sunset.
Petra has too be seen, mere words cannot describe its grandeur. If you’ve seen the “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” you may recall Harrison Ford’s character races through a narrow gully (the Siq) which ends in front of a huge, red temple carved out of the side of a mountain. Well that was no movie set folks, that is actually a structure called the Khazneh, or the Treasury, part of a series of buildings carved out of sandstone back in the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataeans. A city of rock, appropriately bearing the Greek name of Petra.
Today we travel to Mukawir. Here atop a 700 meter hill are the ruins of a fortress overlooking the Dead Sea and surrounding terrain. It is at this strategic place that Mark 6 tells us John the Baptist was imprisoned…
Today, the journalists visiting Jordan via the graciousness of the JBT were invited to visit an Islamic Mosque, surveyed Jordan from Rabbat Ammon and the Promised Land from Mount Nebo. We also saw ancient mosaics, including a 6th century map in a Greek Orthodox Church. We then soothed our aching joints in the hot springs of Ma’in Springs. While we weren’t able to post photos today, you’re still invited to check out our growing photo gallery of images from this amazing trip in an even more amazing land.
Bumping our heads on the tomb of the possessed, wrestling near River Jabbok, shopping for trinket and a whole lot of other fun.