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Percy's Continued Picture Report of Israel and Jordan Started in the Lounge

Percy's Continued Picture Report of Israel and Jordan Started in the Lounge

May 17th, 2019, 07:41 AM
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Ahhh Welcome Sylvia. Bless your heart for finding me here.
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May 17th, 2019, 09:05 AM
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1. dcd , This is the picture of the map I took off the wall at Petra.
I knew this map cold , and knew where everything was.

That is why those darn St. Louis people stuck to me like glue.

2. Here are a few people from our small group. We just finished eating. Those are my St. Louis friends, look at the hat he is wearing.

3. This is not my picture (of course ) but it is best I use it to describe how lovely Acre ( Akko) was.

This is a very quaint place with winging cobblestone streets.

That green Dome is the Jezzar Mosque, but look to the left , that is the Crusader Castle, we toured here but the highlight is the underground passage that lead to the Sea.

From the Crusader Castle Fortress we walked under ground for about 5 blocks until we existed out about where that building is on the front street with the three arched windows.

We could not take pictures in the under ground passages.

I get claustrophobic so I had my moments. !!

You can see there is an old wall all around Akko.

At the Marina in the upper right of the picture, young boys jump off the walls into the Sea for the tourist for a few shekels of course...they were so cute.

That green area in front is where another Crusader Fortress was, all that is left now are the foundation ruins.

So you see the under ground passages leads from the Crusader Castle by the Green Mosque ....all the way to their other Fortress by the Sea.

Pretty smart of them.

This is a beautiful place to see....,walk the street and visit all the markets

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May 17th, 2019, 09:22 AM
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Petra is simply amazing.
My back went out the day we were scheduled to tour Petra. I was NOT going to miss it. Others in our group were kind enough to share some pain killers they had and I took the cart down (VERY bumpy ride) and used walking sticks to help me get around. I was not able to ride the camel, but still had a great time exploring.
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Rose-red city, half as old as time ...

Many thanks for the continued thread, Percy. Most enjoyable.
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I'm delighted to see your report over here on the Africa/Middle East Board. I've not been to Israel, but spent two weeks in Jordan years ago. I loved the country. Petra, of course, and Jerash, the crusader castles - so much history! Your photos and descriptions take me back. One of the things that most struck me was walking through the siq - basically walking through a mountain that had been split by an earthquake. I found it magical.
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May 17th, 2019, 11:31 AM
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Thank You very much jahoulih, pleased that you are still with me

I do not think that many people understand just how much endurance is required to walk Petra from the Visitor's Centre ...to the Sig, then through the Siq, then all the way down the Street of Facades to the end where Petra City was.

It is slightly downhill going there, you are excited at first and do not realize that the long trek back is now at an incline.

Many people either took a camel ride of a donkey ride or a buggy ride back.

And you are not walking in a straight line, you are veering off into caves and going up to the Royal Tombs and then climbing the ruins of the Grand Temple at the end.

Many people said to me, " I had no idea it would be so grueling" !

I thought to myself, "Well you should have done just a bit of homework " and I pulled out my little note from my pocket and showed them:

1. It is 3/4 miles from the Visitor's Centre to the start of the Siq.

2. Then from the start of the Siq to the other end of the Siq is another 3/4 mile ( where the Treasury is)

3. From the Treasury to the end where Petra City once was it is 1.25 miles.

4. Now this is walking in a straight line.......but who walk in a straight line at Petra. !!!

5. So add another 1/2 mile for going into caves, go up and into the Royal Tombs, climbing the Grand Temple ( at the other end).

6. This is a total of 3.5 miles ONE way, walking at times on soft sandy soil and other times on cobblestones.

7. Now that is a total of 7 miles there and back............but wait, going back is has an incline ALL the way, just when you are tired and exhausted a bit you now

now to muster up more energy.!!!

8. We have not factored in the heat element yet. Thank Goodness when I was there it go to be no hotter than 82 with intermittent clouds in the sky to given you that short element of coolness every once in a while.

9. If you take a camel or donkey for any part of the walk, then you feel like you can walk faster than the camel.

You are taking a ride because your legs are getting rubbery !!

10. Now if you take the buggy ride, this buggy has NO suspension springs. !!

There are 206 bones in the human body and by the time you reach your buggy ride destination , each bone will be rattled to some degree.

So after I explained all this to those that hovered about me as I was giving a short friendly lecture on distances, they all agreed they should have done their homework

So for those planning to go , just be prepared

Cotton clothes
head cover
Lots of water
if snacking ....eat salty chips.

At the very end are two restaurants with snack s and many drinks.

schmerl this just shows what a terrific job you did in spite of your issues. My hat is off to you.

Oh yes SIQ comes from an old army term meaning

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May 17th, 2019, 11:43 AM
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It is magical alright.

1. Crowd gathering to start the 3/4 miles walk through the Siq ( like a mountain split in half)

2. As you come to the other end of the Sig, you come upon this famous site the Treasury ( Where Indiana Jones went inside to hunt for the Holy Grail )

3. In Jaffa the famous hanging Orange Tree , with a water line ( black tube) feeding just the right amount of water.

4. An artist did this in about 1993, and there is not a tourist who does not take a picture of this tree.

By the way Jaffa is a suburb of Tel Aviv, it is just the most quaint little place you want to walk through.
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May 17th, 2019, 12:18 PM
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It looks and sounds like an extraordinary experience, thank you for sharing it with us.
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The first view of the Treasury through the Siq is breath taking and I was determined to see it!
Yes...the buggy ride certainly does rattle all the bones. Not the best thing for a bad back, but I had to get down there some way.
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May 17th, 2019, 01:26 PM
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I am proud of your accomplishment with a bad back schmerl.

Well done.
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Percy!!!! How wonderful to see you posting here! Seems a lot of the old Fodorites have disappeared...to the Lounge it would seem!

Gorgeous photos and very interesting report. Looks like you had an amazing trip!
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May 18th, 2019, 05:08 AM
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HI KathieBC

I did start putting pictures in the Lounge Forum but was asked to post in the Middle
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Thanks for finding me here
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May 18th, 2019, 08:35 AM
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1. Big crowd at the entrance of the Siq, entrance through the gorge

2. ooops buggy coming through

3. Finally we see the Treasury.

4. Keep walking you still have a ways to go.

That is the Royal Tombs in the background

5. Maybe if we hide , they won't put those overweighed people on our back !!!
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May 18th, 2019, 08:46 AM
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dcd You asked for more Petra pictures

1. It can be a lonely walk !

2. They told me the long camel ride made their back sore

3. The horse is tired, quit jerking on his reins

4. Climbing the Grand Temple at the end of Petra where Petra City once was.

5. These are built in toilet into a cave along the way to the end.

Well where did you ladies think you were going to have a p-- !!, Yes of course there is toilet paper.

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May 18th, 2019, 09:04 AM
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These will be a hodge podge of pictures to give you a flavour of other sites

1. This is the modern church built overtop of St. Peter's old house , you can see the ruins of his old house below the modern church

2. Very ornate Mosaic in the Square in front of St. Peter's modern Church in Capernaum

3. Public toilet area at the ruins of BethShe'an
Little privacy here !

4. The very well preserved ruins at Jerash in Jordan.

This is the Cardo ( main street) it is called the Cardo ( from the word heart) because it was the "heart of the city"

5. In the small town of Ginosar along the shore of Sea of Galilee,

this boat was uncovered in 1986, you watch a 10 minute video of how they found the boat and how they managed to get it out of the water. Most Interesting.

Then you go into another room to see this boat

The boat dates to Jesus' time and was the kind of boat Jesus could have been in !!
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May 18th, 2019, 09:17 AM
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1. At Bethlehem , at Manager Square, pretty crowded isn't it.

2. In the Dormition Church on the Mount of Zion where Mary fell into eternal sleep

3. A Memorial to the weak, the poor and the lame.

4. Smoke way over the city of Jerusalem. Some thought it was rocket smoke from Hamas.

It was not , someone was burning trash miles away. Still some were afraid it was rocket fire smoke.

There are many reasons why it is not rocket fire over Jerusalem:

Hamas would never fire rockets to Jerusalem, there are too many Muslims there and too many Muslim sites.

If Hamas ever hit the Golden Dome of the Rock, the Palestinians themselves would wipe Hamas out.

...and most important of all, Palestine still hopes to get the land back that they lost in the 1967 War and then make Jerusalem their capital.

so why would they fire against their "future" Capital !! ??
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May 18th, 2019, 09:30 AM
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A walk in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before his arrest and where his Disciples could not keep from falling asleep.

2. This way to the US Embassy

3. The ruins of a Sauna Room , there was a floor over top the cones ( floor has been removed) then hot water and steam would be piped in and the floor and the room became very hot and they sweated and cleansed themselves... smart thinkers !!

4. To keep trash from flying around .

5 Stupid is as stupid does .!
This guy could not negotiate the corner in this tight alleyway

What possessed him to come into here is beyond me, his vehicle was touching both sides of the wall.

He could not back up and he could not go ahead.

Don't know what eventually happened .
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Okay 3 more and I have to go......Alexis is calling

1. The young boys in Acre ( Akko) will jump off the Sea Wall into the Sea for a few Shekels.

How can you refuse them, !

2. this is on a hilltop near the Syrian border. That is the Golan Heights on the right and the Sea of Galilee just beyond the Golan Heights

Zoom in to see the Sea of Galilee !

3. These are the Rocks of Andromeda in the Port of Jaffa.

King Cepheus offered his daughter Andromeda as a sacrifice , because her mother Cassiopeia boasted how beautiful Andromeda was.

This angered Posiedon, the god of the sea, earthquakes and horses, so he sent a sea monster to kill Andromeda.

Andromeda was tied to a rock awaiting for the Sea Monster to kill her but Perseus on his horse Pegus came to her rescue and married her.

Actually it was not Pereus but rather Percy

What !!!!, You don't believe me .. Geeeze !!!
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Thank you for more wonderful photos!
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