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A Bedouin playing a traditional instrument at Kerac, a crusader castle. This is version made from a tin can but traditionally it would be made from goat skin.

A Bedouin playing a traditional instrument at Kerac, a crusader castle. This is version made from a tin can but traditionally it would be made from goat skin.

Jordan: In Pictures

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Jordan: Petra – Rose City in the Desert

It was dark but there were little tea lights in paper bags marking the way. We had no idea where we were going so we just followed the lights. We walked and walked. The track changed from gravel to paving and we became aware of high sides of rock around us as we walked, hearing the echo but not entirely sure how long we had to walk or where the trail of lights would take us. Petra, by night. After about half an hour of steady walking we came upon an open area, lit only by hundreds of candles, the glow faintly lighting up what we later learn was the Treasury. Our first glimpse of the most iconic view of Petra. We were ushered through to sit on mats and given hot, sweet tea to drink. In amongst the candles a Bedouin was playing traditional music. It was nothing short of magical. Continue reading

Turkey: Planning for Two Continents

Am I off on some epic safari, spanning numerous worlds, I hear you ask on reading the title of this post? Well no, not exactly, but a long weekend in Istanbul does mean I will be visiting two continents and back in the space of 4 days.

The planning is well underway. Currency, Turkish Lira has been acquired, flights booked and a hotel secured; so that’s the basics done. I’ll be flying out just after lunch on Friday which, I hope will see me arrive, well rested, in time for some delicious near eastern food.

I’ve decided to soak up plenty of culture on this trip, so I will be watching dervishes whirl and bellys dance. Of course I can’t possibly turn down the opportunity for a Turkish bath and massage whilst I’m there.

This leaves me the rest of my trip to squeeze in as many churches, mosques and meals as I can!

It will be an adventure no doubt!