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Petra

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The so-called Treasury

      Ever since I saw a  picture and description of the famous Treasury in the National Geographic many years ago, I have wanted to travel to Petra to see it for myself. At last an opportunity came when Grand Circle Travel added Petra to the itinerary of their Egypt package. The original purpose of the Treasury is not known but the pediment is scarred with bullet holes made by later occupiers who believed that they would trigger the release of the hoard of treasure thought to be hidden there.

P1     The narrow gorge which contains the carved city is nearly two miles from the park entrance. It is reached over a rocky dirt path and the remains of a Roman cobbled road. A daunting  journey for geriatrics. Younger ones took donkeys and camels, younger ones still, hired horses. We took  an iron horsedrawn carriage and this was a nightmare experience with the carriage bouncing in the air and the horse, driven at a gallop, slipping and sliding over the rocks and cobble stones.

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Ampitheatre carved completely out of the rock!

Dwellings?

Dwellings?

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Transport

Transport

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Patient rides

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Reluctant Ethel poses as near the camel as she dare

Reluctant Ethel poses as near the camel as she dare

This entrepreneur waited for customers at the end of the trail. He knew that people who had walked down would never make it back up!

This entrepreneur waited for customers at the end of the trail. He knew that people who had walked down would never make it back up!

Plast

Finally, a glimpse of Alexandria from the air as we flew back to New York. What are those red patches, I wonder?

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One Response

  1. Dear Ben,

    what a fabulous place Petra is, even as it withstands the sands of time! Your pictures do it great justice and I thank you so much for letting me see it through your eyes. I am currently reading your Pow stories – harrowing and fascinating all at once. sometimes I look across the span of generations and wonder what the young men of today could possibly teach those such as yourself? Enjoy your upcoming vacations and wish Ethel a speedy recovery from me. Best regards,

    Sandya (Apt. 10D)

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