Has anyone seen the landscape between Petra and the Arabian Desert?  Topographical maps and pictures are not giving me enough information to give a true depiction in my story.  Sayeh and Zia are having dinner with a local tribe on their way to Sakakah, and I do not know if they are doing so on flat ground or in the shadows of a rock formation…


21 responses

  1. Which one fits into your story better?

    1. Len has the right of it. Otherwise, google maps likely has some photos uploaded, or if you can find the name of that region, google it.

      1. Those are what I have been using, alongside the terrain Google maps, but it is difficult to tell. The area around Petra is massively rocky, but to the east is predominantly ‘flat’ desert.

    2. Makes no difference whatsoever. Bathed in starlight, or in the glow of a fire reflecting off a rockface… only wish to be as accurate as possible =)

  2. Good luck, DJ. I too would check google maps. Maybe if you make your search very specific, word-wise, it will help.

  3. I’ve been to Amman and travelled from there to the Dead Sea and Mount Nebo, but I think that’s North Jordan rather than South. That bit of the land was very arid, reddish, earthy sand with only very occasional plants. It was full of valleys

    1. Yep, that’s up north while Sayeh and Zia’s path is kinda from south-west (Maan) and crossing into Northern Saudi Arabia… The trek from Susa (Shush in modern times) to Alexandria would be quite an eventful trip these days =S

      1. That’s putting it mildly :/

    1. Thank you very much for the pic links. That is part of my difficulty; look at a Google Map of the area and it seems flat. Zoom in enough, and you see the land levels change by 100m… which is not an insignificant height.

      1. You’re welcome! Was fun looking back through my pictures. We were there for Christmas in 2011 due to a very random series of events. It’s not quite desert but it’s close. And it’s VAST

  4. This part of the holiday was ok like:

    1. Haha, that part looks quite enjoyable. A kickback in the pool, in an arid landscape, with an alcoholic beverage… most indulgent =)

      1. It was a good Boxing Day

      2. Christmas in the Holy Land. Did it feel more significant being so close to Jerusalem?

      3. It did actually! Though it’s not particularly Christmassy ironically XD In the British idea of Christmas anyway. Ie rain lol! It was an adventure though. Mum managed to find everything for Christmas dinner more or less. The crowning achievement was the parsnips – after a long search they were found in the back of a random corner store, called ‘white carrots’ and they cost £20!

      4. Yikes! They better have been awesome parsnips for that price! Well done to your mum for going the whole hog on getting the traditional meal organised =)

        PS. My mum always gets parsnips when she does roasts. I particularly like them for some reason…

        PPS. Christmas in my neck of the woods has been 35C plus for the last three years, and was 40C last year =S

      5. They tasted extra special for the effort that went into retrieving them XD I love parsnips too, one if my faves! Roasted, mashed, you name. Oh my stomach rumbling now!

        Oh yes of course! You are in the hemisphere if the hot Christmas! It’s a very odd concept to me. You need the frost and snow! Mind you we nearly always only get rain but complaint about the weather is a national institution so maybe it’s nature’s Christmas present to us

      6. Haha I believe everyone on Earth bemoans England’s miserable weather. Would not be surprised if a person in Jordan does =P

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