Petra

Petra (means “stone” in Greek) is located in Jordan, and it is famous for its rock-cut architecture.  When I mention Petra, most people do not know where it is.  When I describe it to others, I ask them to picture a Greek temple, which is a free standing site, and then I ask them to picture that same Greek temple carved and built within and around a mountain.  I then usually follow up with, “How the hell did they do that?”  I admit that it’s an unusual place to be intrigued about as it wasn’t even in my radar until I returned from Turkey.  I still don’t know what words to use to describe how and what I felt in Turkey, but feeling like you were touched by God leaves a deep, indelible mark in your psyche, never to be forgotten.  And because it was the greatest of highs that I have ever experienced, I wanted, of course, to feel this way again.  So thinking that another historical place (Petra is at least 2,600 years old!) would allow me to feel this way, I researched “The Seven Wonders of the World” list which somehow led me to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  I believe this is where I found Petra.  I must have seen glimpses of its architecture in the past somehow, somewhere, as it seemed familiar.  Simply put, its beauty astounded me.  I cannot imagine how beautiful it would be in person, as well as how I would feel when I’m actually there. 

Although the internet is full of information, I always like to buy an actual travel guide book to hold, touch, and flip through the pages.   So off I went to Barnes and Noble to buy a book on Petra, only to be disappointed.  While there were three whole shelves of books on Italy, there were only two small books on Jordan.  I didn’t like my two choices but I bought one anyway.  Then, I felt good for choosing to go to Petra, a place that is a bit more exotic and shrouded in mystery.  I am not one for Starbucks, 50 Shades of Grey, or anything else ubiquitous for that matter.  I am unique, restless, and always searching for the unknown that will open my eyes to an exotic  new discovery.  I don’t know if Petra will live up to the glory of my imagination.  But I will certainly find out when I get there, and I can’t wait…

 
                           3 whole shelves of books on Italy…                        Only 2 books on Jordan
                            but Italy will have to wait.

I will be stuck on the International
Travel section for a long, long time.


About Blogatrixx

I took a solo trip to Istanbul in May, 2012 that changed me forever. It started my passion for travel, and it also ignited my passion for photography. This blog was created to express and appreciate the beauty of life through my travels.
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