The next part of our adventure required us to travel all day. It is only 4-5 hours of travel time to Petra from Amman however we stopped along the way at some significant sites. We will spend the entire day traveling.
Our first stop was at a highway truck stop. When Nader first suggested we stop there for breakfast, I was hesitant. Really? A truck stop?
However when we arrived I immediately understood how unique and truly “local” this was for breakfast. It was jammed with Arabs and the food was fantastic.
|Locals seemed to really love this place.|
|They had bread of every size and variety.|
For coffee, D and I decided to have the local favorite Turkish coffee cooked on an open flame. Not only was it a show to watch, it was also loaded with caffeine. I have linked the words "Turkish coffee" above to a really interesting and insightful video about Turkish coffee.
|This was a show - he made coffee one cup at a time while we watched. Later in our travels we realized that this was the normal way to make and serve Turkish coffee. We sampled it from many locations over the next few days.|
DW and ES opted for McDonald’s coffee. What whimps!
We traveled on to Madaba, a lovely village in the hills. There we toured the “Church of the Map.” This gave us some historical references about the area where we would be exploring the next two days. Along the way we spent some time in a mosaic workshop and walked out into an olive grove.
|The church was filled with truly amazing mosaics.|
|Here is a close up of the feet showing the individual tiles.|
|Here is DW inside the church. She is looking at a mosaic map created originally as part of the floor of a Byzantine church, built during the reign of emperor Justinian, AD 527-565.|
|DW is a landscape architect so the olive grove was of special interest to her.|
|Here is our selfie in the olive orchard.|
|D and I purchased a finished tree mosaic like the one this artist is creating.|
It was awe inspiring to think we were standing where Moses stood and first looked at the Promise Lands after wandering in the desert for 40 years. It was fitting to be there on Easter weekend.
|The Promise Lands in the distance. The Dead Sea is on the dark area of the far upper left side in this photo.|
|Our group (minus ES who was behind the camera) on top of Mount Nebo.|
|Our selfie with Jerico in the background.|
It was a bit chilly at first but soon we all took to the water.
|The Dead Sea as seen from the road driving into the area.|
|D in the water.|
DW and I tried spreading Dead Sea Mud on ourselves because it is supposed to make you look younger. It must take several applications to make a difference because we still look the same.
|Large salt crystals can be seen along the edge of the water.|
Lunch was at the resort and then on to the next leg of our journey to Petra. The remaining travel time was a couple of hours however we became engaged in conversation about history, religion and politics. The time passed very quickly. Nader said it was the fastest trip to Petra he had ever made.
During our travels we passed a large structure that Nader explained was a ladies only swimming pool completely enclosed so that no one could see inside.
|Ladies ONLY swimming pool!|
We arrived in Petra at sundown and checked into our rooms. D and I were fortunate to have a large balcony overlooking the town.
|The view from our balcony looking out over the town.|