The air is thick with tropical humidity. I take a deep breath; it tastes of earth; green and warm. The Cub scampers ahead of us through the jungle, past great towering plants, her hair curling in the damp air. I can hear a waterfall nearby somewhere, but the lush foliage is too dense to see it.
We had had a busy morning, exploring Little Petra and driving to Wadi Rum’s desert, in the south of Jordan. The husband and I were looking forward to taking a jeep ride in the desert and sleeping in a traditional Bedouin camp. The Cub was also excited – she was really keen to meet some camels!
Many people get in and out of Petra in a day. If you’ve got a little more time on your hands then there are a couple of extra things to see in Wadi Musa and the surrounding area. We’d recommend staying for at least a couple of nights to see Petra By Night and explore Little Petra if you possibly can.
Is there anyone who grew up in the 80s who managed to miss Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? This classic adventure romp has to be most people’s introduction to Petra. In the most memorable scene, desperately trying to find the Holy Grail, our eponymous hero rides through a narrow canyon at breakneck speed before bursting out in front of an imposing pillared temple cut into the walls of a cliff.
The eight-year-old me was enchanted by this scene.
Jordan may be a Muslim-majority country but you’ll find that there are large Christian communities who live peacefully here, mainly in the towns of Madaba and Al-Kerak. Many of the Old Testament Bible stories are set in Jordan, so there are plenty of sacred sites in Jordan that Christians may want to visit on a pilgrimage.
Our second day in Jordan dawned slightly cooler and greyer than the first. We had another early start, but as we’d had such a fantastic first day in Jordan we had high hopes for the day ahead. Bleary-eyed, we hauled ourselves out of bed, keen to see as much of Amman as we could before leaving for the Dead Sea that afternoon.
The husband and I were super excited about floating in the Dead Sea – it was a bucket list must-do for both of us. However, it didn’t really turn out as we hoped…
Like many families, we love getting out and about. We try to find as many outdoor activities as we can and we especially love interacting with and learning about animals.
But if you live in the UK, our chilly, damp winters can often make you reluctant to leave the warmth of home. It can be tempting to curl up at home and hibernate until spring! However, if you know where to look, winter can sometimes surprise you.
Did you know that some of the world’s best preserved Roman ruins are not in Italy, but in Jordan? Then you know more than I did when we went on our family trip to Jordan! Jordan’s other ancient attractions have to live in the shadow of the mighty Petra, and so not many people have heard of them. We spent a long but utterly fascinating day visiting some of these wonderful, but lesser-known sights.
I’ll start this post off by wishing my readers a Happy New Year for 2017. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive season. Things have been quiet lately on my blog; we had a very busy December which included a quick trip to Sweden for my sister’s wedding, not to mention all the Christmas preparations, and so unfortunately blogging has had to wait for a bit. I’ve got lots to write about and hopefully (kids permitting) I’ll be able to settle down into posting on a regular basis!
One of the best things we did this Christmas season was to visit Longleat Estate in Wiltshire for the annual Longleat Festival of Light. Longleat is not just one of England’s finest stately homes; it is also the site of a safari park, so we went in the hope that everyone would find something to enjoy here.
Queensland, otherwise called The Sunshine State, is the California of Down Under. With its islands, beaches and swaying palms this Australian state is the perfect getaway for everyone, ranging from young couples to families with kids. The region is bustling with all sorts of activities, including urban delights, amazing landscapes, or big adventures.