Old Cars - Rallye Med
When we got to the hotel last night I noticed these classic cars parked at the front. They all had maps on their doors, and numbers on them as well. It turns out that 20 cars are driving around the Med. It is taking them 2 months. Here are a some shots of the cars. I will confess to a weakness for classic automobiles. So, here is a vintage Jaguar.
After a lecture on the history of Petra, we began our long day exploring the site. You enter Petra through the Siq, or Gorge. A fair bit of this has been excavated down to the original paving stones - the entire way was paved originally. This was once a trading center, linking China in the East to Rome in the West. When Rome conquered the city in 106, the trade was diverted and the city declined.
As we walked down the Siq we noticed channels cut into the rock on either side for water. The Nabateans were very good at water control and management. The Siq is deadly without such measures if there is a flash flood. You can see the channel, uncovered now, in the left hand wall.
The rock is sandstone and comes in wide array of beautiful colors. The irony is that the Nabateans plastered over their facades - much as the Greeks and Romans painted their statues and buildings. Here is an example of the beautiful rock.