It seems no work for Man’s creative hand,
by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned;
But from the rock as if by magic grown,
eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!
Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,
where erst Athena held her rites divine;
Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,
that crowns the hill and consecrates the pain;
But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,
that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
which Man deemed old two thousand years ago,
match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,
a rose-red city half as old as time.
Petra by John William Burgon
Whilst you’re sightseeing in Egypt, why not take a visit to Jordan. Another beautiful country, rich in culture and tradition. The best places to visit are Petra and Wadi Rum (Aqaba).
Wadi Rum, also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon‘, is situated in Aqaba, Jordan. A vast red desert plain, famously connected to Lawrence of Arabia. Amongst Wadi Rum exists large rock formations, known as the ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom‘. Standing in the Arabian Desert is breathtaking and magical. You can almost imagine T.E Lawrence experiencing the same journey as you are. A must see destination!
Another place to visit in Jordan is Petra, aka the ‘Rose-Red City’. Once a thriving civilisation, Petra is now a lost city filled with mystery and treasure. One of the most famous landmarks is ‘Al Khazneh‘, also known as ‘The Treasury’; made famous in the film: Indiana Jones. You can spend weeks exploring Petra alone. In fact, you’ll be walking at least 5 miles per day touring the lost city. An amazing experience for all travellers.