Jordan, Petra
Sometimes what we do not see, what is not spectacular is actually more fascinating and more significant than the visually attractive. That is the case with Petra. The carved out tombs are marvelously photogenic. The colonnaded street and palace along the bone dry riverbed are elegant. But what is most significant about Petra is that it existed at all. The city was built in desert by careful control of scarce water. What we do not see is probably the greatest achievement of the Nabataeans, builders of Petra.

In the evening we were treated to a sumptuous dinner at the ancient village of Taymet Zaman where a spirited drum band performed with a group of male dancers in military costume.
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