tiistai 14. marraskuuta 2017

Jordanian landscapes

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On the way from Amman to Petra.


Leaving Amman.


Typical motorway.


Typical landscape, mining minerals or whatever.


Typical sand view.


Random town downhill somewhere.


Speed limit exists.


Salmiakki-house! Not typical.


Shaubak castle, our driver insisted on visiting this site.

It was built in 1115 by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem to guard 
the road from Damascus to Egypt, and was the first of a string 
of similar strongholds in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.


Wikipedia knows the castle is called Montreal:

Montreal is a Crusader castle on the eastern side of the Arabah, 
perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain, looking out over 
fruit trees below. The ruins, called Shoubak or Shawbak in Arabic, 
are located in modern town of Shoubak in Jordan.



Typical view from the castle.


Close-up.


Typical caves ...


... yes, here close-up. People used to live in those.


Approaching Wadi Musa, the town next to Petra.

The town that has sprung up around Petra is called Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses). 
It’s an easy-going assemblage of hotels, restaurants, shops and houses 
stretching about 5km from Moses’ Spring (‘Ain Musa) to the main 
entrance of Petra near the bottom of the wadi.

Read more in Lonely Planet:



Quite funny those Jordanians!


The most decorative vehicles were the vans.


Entrance area to the Petra area. 


Half of the shops were named after Indiana Jones.

Watch this: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Ending Scene:



Half of the tourists wore these scarves.
Very cheap, I make you a good price.
Starting with 20 dinar, ending up with 6 dinar.

The Jordanian Dinar is the official currency of Jordan, 
and is pegged to the United States Dollar at 0.709 JOD = 1 USD. 
After Israel took control of the West Bank in 1967, the Jordanian Dinar 
remained in circulation along with Israeli currency. During hyperinflation 
periods in Israel in 1970 and 1980, the Jordanian Dinar provided stability.



Most of the tourists come by tourist busses.
View from our Royal Suite.
More pics to follow.
Petra pics.



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