Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Day 3 - Nebo and Madaba

To Mount Nebo where Moses saw the promised land. Fantastic views to the West Bank and Dead Sea. Inside the basilica were fine mosaics and a live catholic mass (Italians). Moses Tomb was to the right of the altar. The ceasefire in Lebanon started this moring at 8 am - Moses didn't know what he had started.

A mosaic shop supports local handicapped people and we bought a small mosaic - a copy of one we saw on Mount Nebo, where the mosaicist had drawn a camel but it had the spots of a giraffe. Also bought a plate with a Koranic verse (the seller told me to treat it with respect) and a vase with some arabic script. The shopkeeper said it read Jordan but our guide correted her - it reads 'Thanks be to God'.

Madaba next with the astounding mosaic map (6th century) with place names such Jerusalem, Gaza, Jericho, Bethlehem and so on. Used by pilgrims it is a useful historical document. Bought Callum a headscarf and headband. He now looks like T E Lawrence and is wearing it constantly. With his blue eyes it suits him well.

We then hit the King's Highway - spectacular drive thrugh wadis, rive valleys and huge canyons. Boys were swimming in the cool rivers and Bedouin tents lined the highway. Lots of goats and camels en route. Some astonishing views down towards the Dana Natural Park and finally arrived at our hotel in Petra - the Armara Palace. It has a swimming pool and Turkish Bath. Callum and I will try it tomorrow.

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At 2:09 PM, Blogger Cheryl said...

I visited that same mosaic shop in October of 2007 and spent quite q bit of money. Sad to say, they added to my bag (and to my bill), some broken pieces that I had NOT wanted to buy. Shame on me for not watching them more closely, but for future visitors: buyer beware.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger Diana said...

I visited that same shop in April of 2008 and my husband and I purchased a beautiful patio table which was shipped free of charge to our home in California. The only hitch was a forty dollar charge from Jordan (customs) that we ended up paying. I loved the shop, and especially watching how they make these amazing works of art!

 
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