I have to admit that there is something I don’t like about Petra… going through all my photos after visiting to try to find the best dozen or so. Petra is one of the true Wonders of the World and one of the must-see sights in Jordan, but it is almost overwhelming in its scope and majesty. You have seen tons of Petra photos (and are about to see some more), but rest assured, when you go there in person… it will knock your socks off.
During a wine tasting in Amman after my visit, I actually met a Swiss archaeologist that has worked at the site for about 30 years or so. I intend to interview him via email soon, so I’ll wait to talk more about Petra in words until that post. In the meantime, enjoy some photos of one of my favorite spots in the world and one that should be on everyone’s must-visit list.
One travel tip that is so basic that it is embarrassing I got tripped up on it. Make sure your camera batteries are charged and that you have a back-up battery charged also. I forgot to recharge my battery the night before we went to Petra, because I was certain it was almost fully charged and that I hadn’t used the back-up on this trip.
I woke up the next morning, we walked to the site, got to the first area for photos, I flipped on the power on my camera. Nothing. Well, except I then realized I hadn’t flipped it on (I reflexively flip it off after almost every single shot, then back on before I shoot, for battery conservation purposes). It had been on. All night, in my bag. Something had bumped up against it and left it all all night. Put in the back-up battery and it was dead also.
Petra with no camera. Well done, Sir. We went back to the hotel, me kicking myself verbally the whole way, and plugged in the battery to charge. Somehow it fully charged in only 40 minutes or so, at least that is what the light indicated on the battery charger. Turns out that battery is an old one that needs to be replaced and that it simply doesn’t hold a charge properly. Had enough juice in it to make it around Petra, selecting my shots carefully and turning it off after each one, but it was a slightly more nervous day than it should have been.
my previous picture here seems so insignificantly small.
I was invited to Jordan and hosted there by the incredible generosity of the Jordan Tourism Board. They took me on a week-long tour of the sights of that great country that included these pics, though they did not ask for any sort of endorsement or positive review.
It’s Petra…. did anyone thing that I was going to say anything EXCEPT positive things??!! This is one of the 3-5 best spots I have been in the world, along with Manchupicchu and Angkor Wat in my book. Just do it. For sure.
Abbie from Inside the Travel Lab took some amazing photos of Petra at night that are really worth checking out. Janice did a lovely post about walking in Petra also. And I wasn’t the only one inspired by the movies in this part of the world, check out her going in the footsteps of adventurers.