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Religious sites in Egypt/Jordan/Israel

Religious sites in Egypt/Jordan/Israel

I intend to keep this up to date; giving clear GPS fixes of the most important religious sites in Egypt. Mount Sinai Where Moses received the ten Commandments. Located: 28.539 33.975 Monastery of St. Anthony The oldest surviving monastery. Located: 28.936 32.352 Towns of Sodom & Gomorrah God’s destruction upon early buggers. View Larger Map Dead Sea Scrolls Testament by the Essenes to the Second Coming of Christ.  Located: 31.77369 35.2039 Church of the Nativity Site of the Birth of…

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Be kind to Strangers – The Tale of Sodom and Gomorrah

Be kind to Strangers – The Tale of Sodom and Gomorrah

Perhaps this is a story for Israeli Intelligence who striped me and swabbed my stuff for 6 hours on my first entry to Israel. Background The Tale of Sodom and Gomorrah is based on two towns of around the dead sea basin. Now no longer in existence. It goes a little something like this.. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth…

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Happy Easter from the Dead Sea!

Happy Easter from the Dead Sea!

Here’s a couple of pictures to remind you what I look like!       KML -1226ft 31.71971 35.5857 (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts Day 56 – Newquay to Lands End Last day. It’s taken 56 days to make the whole journey; from John O’Groats to Lands End. I’ll do a summary of some stats in the next post, but h… Day 55 – Tavistock to Newquay A whole day with the the wind in my face. A…

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Petra – Crazy Camels

Petra – Crazy Camels

Had good chance to have a look at these strange and amusing creatures. I suppose the Arabs love their camels like the south Americans love their Alpaca, long neck, big ears, dopey yet amusing faces. These two camels have stopped for a rest, one of them stands whilst the other sits. Crazy Camels 1&2 One on the left spreads it’s rear legs, [pictured].  As it struggles around in this stance, I wonder whether it has a version of mad camels…

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Map of Petra Site

Map of Petra Site

Here’s a map of Petra. If you are visiting the site, I suggest you print this map out. They didn’t have any in English when I visited. Map of Petra 1 Djin Blocks 10 Corinthian Tomb 19 Qasr Al-Bint 28 High Palace of Sacrifice 2 Obelisk Tomb 11 Palace Tomb 20 Unfinished Tomb 29 Lion Monument 3 Al-Siq 12 Sextus Florentinus Tomb 21 Al-Habees Museum 30 Garden Temple Complex 4 The Treasury 13 House of Dorotheos 22 Petra Archeological Museum…

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Petra Jordan

Petra Jordan

KML 30.321 35.463 Recently ascribed Wonder of the World status, Petra is a city carved entirely out of limestone rock. The Nabateans who used to run camel trains from Egypt to India had their empire based here, once numbering over 30,000 inhabitants. The city lay undiscovered up until the 1812 when Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt,  conned local Arabs into letting him into the sacred complex to visit the tomb of Aaron. Dressed as an Arab, he returned with news…

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No Rocks for Mikey

No Rocks for Mikey

KML 30.304 35.46339 No rocks for me. After some credit card overheating problems, I’ve decided to cut my loses and move on to the site of Petra, which is one of the main sites and named one of the 7 wonders of the world. Currently stationed at the Marriott, Petra after a 3-4 hour dolmus trip costing 5JD Jordanian Dinars. 1JD = 0.75GBP So that works out pretty cheap, about £4. Tomorrow I’ll be exploring one of the most exciting…

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Tyke’s travel tips

Tyke’s travel tips

Here are some travel tips for those planning a trip to south america. 1- NEVER ARRIVE AT NIGHT – chances are you’ll be making those gruelling 20 hour plus bus journeys, the last thing you want is to be wandering round a strange town with all your stuff at the dead of night. 2- YOU WILL GET ROBBED – depending on your outlook, this may be funny, mildly annoying or a personal tragedy. Keep you passport and sexually integrity intact,…

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