R and I went to Jordan in 2010 en-route to Egypt. But I was forced to cut out a number of things from our itinerary due to ill health caused by a severe reaction to antibiotics. Being in no shape to walk back through the Siq for the candlelit spectacle of Petra by Night has remained one of my biggest travel disappointments. So when the Jordan Tourism Board invited me to accompany ten other travel bloggers from India to a mega bloggers FAM trip to Jordan, I grabbed at the opportunity to photograph the event.
So here I am in Amman. Today, I get to retrace my footsteps through Ajloun and the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash. We move on to Petra tomorrow. And while Petra by Night isn’t scheduled for Saturday evening, there are indications that there is every likelihood of a special event being held. (Have my fingers and toes crossed!) I am also looking forward to photographing Wadi Rum with a DSLR and to try my hand at snorkelling for the first time in Aqaba. Although it is most likely I will chicken out of the latter.
I have loads of stories to tell you yet from our recent trip to Spain. Especially about the special wine tour organised for us by the Rioja Alavesa Tourism board. Of the memorable food in the Basque country and our Pintxo tour with Jon Galdes of Basque Tours, and a wonderful day out with Erik of Basque Experiences, that included a mini hike in the Urquiola national park, pretty fishing villages, a Txakoli Bodega visit and much more. I apologise for this diversion, and promise to get back to them all – and your blogs and comments – with a vengeance, when I return from this brief detour.