Tuesday 21 September 2010

Piraeus to Aqaba - Log #013# - Jordan (Dead Sea - Petra)

On the way to the Dead Sea you can turn right on this fork to visit the site of Jesus' baptism in Jordan River.

Swimming in Dead Sea is an effortless but not particularly pleasant experience as it is extremely salty (that is why you float) and full of minerals.

On the horizon you see Israel.

According to Jewish and Christian tradition, Moses was buried on this mountain by God Himself, and his final resting place is unknown.

Dead Sea shore. Its surface and shores are 422 metres below sea level, making it the lowest elevation on the Earth's surface on dry land.

Remember the unpleasant swim in the Dead Sea, they produce potash from these waters.

Full tank with 10 Jordanian dinars (10 euros)

Approaching Petra.

Petra village in dusk.

Petra was established Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans.

The Treasury at Petra.

The beduins believed that genies inhabited these structures, they were actually tombs of wealthy Nabataeans.

Imam's prayer at 5 am.

Daily Distance: 200 Km
Total Distance: 3600 Km
Pros: Petra
Cons: null
Soundtrack: Midnight Oil, Dead Heart (Peter Garrett is currently the Aussie Minister of Education)