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Cairo (outskirts), Egypt

I took this picture last weekend.

I did not finish review of my trip to Jordan yet and here I am posting a new pic from Egypt. I decided to do so mostly because of how great this particular spot is… extremely undermarketed in my opinion, with such a great potential to attract tourists.

I hiked for a good few hours around the gorge (more so a full blast canyon) and left the place mesmerized. It reminded me so much of my recent trip to Jordan.

It is a good time to hike in Egypt, this is the proper time of the year (low 20C). Honestly speaking I was underprepped for this hike, initially I thought we will enter the site with a car, do small run around and head back. Again I had very little idea about this site.

Nevertheless, the day turned out to be a great adventure. I will certainly return there at some point to explore more.

The only one downside for hiking down the valley are the cars that are allowed inside the protectorate as not all drives keep a reasonable speed while passing by hikers (one would wonder why?!). Another issue with the motorised visitors is the amount of trash left behind. Extremely upsetting view.

#dontforgetyourtrash

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Petra, Jordan

Interesting thing about Petra, especially for those underinformed (like myblissfullself), it’s huge (!!!) and truly amazing!

There is so much more to see beyond the iconic canyon trail and carved in the sandstone wall the magnificent temple that greats visitors after crossing the 2 km long canyon. I guess it all comes to my lack of research (to avoid spoilers of such) before travels. You should see my face when I realized that it’s not over… there’s more to walk (climb) and to see. I was happy and wanted more of ‘Petra experience’.

Petra itself is one of those rear sites that keep on surprising you as a visitor. Every step of the way seems to provide better, bigger experiences a true feast for one’s eyesight. And at the end of the day it’s not overwhelming, more a thought provoking than anything else… how is it all possible, how come, what!?!

It took us 7h to walk around, (treacherous) climb 1200 stairs to see an amazing monastery (counted on the way down ๐Ÿ™‚ ), we’ve seen number of amazing things. I understand why there is an option to purchase a 2/3 day passes and I certainly recommend a longer stay in Petra. The entrance it self was quite expensive as tagged at 50 dinar (approx 75 USD), with kids free entry. Now I can say, it was worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ (always a good thing to say after spending X amount of momey).

Speaking of kids, that was a common sight to see kids riding donkeys (offered rides too). I’m not going to describe the situation that I tried to capture, don’t want the narrative to influence Your first impression…

I enjoyed Petra. It’s on my list of top 3 places to visit (maybe even revisit, there is so much to see there).

More pictures, of actual Petra, coming soon.

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Citadel, Amman, Jordan

I like this picture. The last day of my stay in Jordan. Didn’t feel like driving and most importantly walking after long few days loaded with km of walks. I felt every site in my legs. This trip actually showed me how out of shape I am… terrible muscle pain from the waste down. Maybe it’s a time to sign up for a gym?

Anyho, as I was saying, I like this picture. Early afternoon, good light, good weather to walk around and almost no people around. Part of the site was closed for tourists but I still managed to get the most out of my visit… maybe, just maybe, that actually worked well with my aching legs (closed entry=less walking).

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Jerash, Jordan. Amazing place. Where the ancient world blends with the XXI century buzzing city. Luckily, I got there just in time for uninterrupted sightseeing, rain just stopped, no tourists around… just perfect. I was really impressed by this site. I usually don’t do much of a research about places where I go just to minimize the expectations. Again, this approach worked for me like a charm ๐Ÿ™‚ I was mesmerized. Stunning site! Well kept monuments despite of the passing time. Worth the trip!

And the parking was free of charge ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s been too long since my last post. To the point when I actually started questioning the future of DHV. Well, I will stick around just for a bit and then will have to make my mind… whether to be or not to be.

I have plenty of pictures that I would like to share with all of you… I’ve been busy traveling this year, noting extensive but it gave me opportunities to snap some pics. This picture (67) I took last week in Jordan, comes straight from the press. Great place to visit. Great people. Enjoyed the vibe of the city. The historic sites like Petra… unbelievable! Quite costly, but certainly worth every penny ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope that you all are doing well. Let me know if you would like to see more pictures from Jordan.

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Beyond my individual preferences, I try to seize opportunities that can enhance my ‘photo-versatility’.

I think that one of the biggest perks of getting out of the ‘city-box’ is the exposure to the nature that usually comes along with the countrysite. Taking pictures surrounded by cityscapes or nature can be equally rewarding and exciting.

At the moment, I’m trying to balance the two environments as much as possible. Let’s see whether it will work for me or not…

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The Philippines… great place, great people, where the spectacle of life displayed on every block, every corner is unusually intense and entertaining to all people watchers.

The Phillipines, hopefully the place I return to again.

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