A few years ago I was addicted to the history channel. They used to show this breath-taking shoes of places all over the world–old, historic places that were so beautiful and interesting. One of those places was Petra, in Jordan. This lovely place is carved out of rocks, surrounded by mountains and filled with gorges and secret passage ways! Maybe its the writer in me but how has no one thought of writing a secret agent book that’s set in Petra?
But I digress.
Petra is a Nabataean city to the south of Jordan founded around the 6th Century BC. It was an important center for trade and commerce until a major earthquake destroyed most of the city and crippled the water system around AD 663. It was abandoned after Saladin’s conquest in 1189.
Today, Petra is a UNESCO Heritage site and one of the NEW seven wonders of the world!
According to wikitravel:
Entry Ticket to Petra costs 90 JD (=127 USD) for those who are Day-Visitors to Jordan (i.e. those tourists staying in Israel or Egypt who will spend the day in Petra and return without spending the night in Jordan). Tourists (overnight and cruise visitors) pay 50 JD (=70 USD) for 1 day’s access to Petra, 55 JD for 2 days or 60 JD for 3 days. Students have to pay the full price, unless they have a valid Jordanian University ID; then the entry fee is 1 JD.
So, I am trying to write a short story for Harlequin’s Digital First Erotic Vacation Line and I am researching different countries to see where I could have my heroine visit. I googled Exotic Vacation Location and this website showed up that listed the top ten exotic vacations we can all afford. Thailand was on that list I thought about it.
Thailand isn’t the first place I would think of being beautiful. Maybe its because of the stuff you read in the news or see on television but I never saw it as a vacation location. Then I started looking at the pictures and all I can see are pristine beaches, beautiful green waters, ancient temples with statutes – it was the most spectacular views and floating markets. This is such a beautiful place – such wonderful intricacies that is breath-taking. Well sure, there are drawbacks but are they so much that I would never visit this lovely place? I think not!
I think I have a love/hate relationship with India.
I love the food, the culture, the music, the movies–but recently with stories of people dying after being gang-raped my heart has been broken and the wonder that India held for me
dwindled considerably. But even with that, I still cannot get ever the completely draw this country has on me. Each time I watch a movie, or documentary or speak with friends and look at their pictures, it amazes me at the yearning I feel for a place I’ve never been. It is as if I am homesick for this country with its spices, mysteries, superstitions, food and people that speaks languages as old as time. I am intrigued by the customs, though some of them are old enough and cruel enough to break your heart. I love the history of the Rajputs and the Gods. And these are just SOME of the things. I wish to be surrounded by.
I am curious by the way things are done there on a daily basis–things from the development of friendships to falling in love. Do the girls there have girl’s nights and do they laugh and talk over dinner while talking about boys. Sure, life is hard for most there but after all, women are women, young girls are young girls and we all giggle and talk about boys no matter our socio-economic background. I’d like to sit down and talk to people, ask questions from elders and attempt at learning the sitar. I want to wear a sari, with beads and jewels and dance in the streets during holi while throwing colored powder at people.
I want to stand close to the Taj Mahal and make a wish – sure that may sound strange but it has always been a dream of mine. If I could touch the building while making the wish then that would be the most perfect wish come through ever! But that may be too much to ask.
After all, this place is such a beautiful, mystical view that it cannot help being magical!
Here are some beautiful pictures that might show you why I am so intrigued.
Come 2014, I would love to find myself in Paris for at least two weeks – Ideally, I would like to be there a month because I don’t think you can see what there is to see and do what there is to do in just a week. Unless I didn’t sleep and when I don’t sleep I get really cranky–shhh don’t tell anyone! lol. So, here are the things I would love to do:
These are just some of the things I want to do – Of course I’d love to jet over to Rome for the Coliseum and all that good stuff.
Here’s what happens when I’m home alone, writer’s block kicking my booty and bored out of my mind. I take up to watching movies I’d never watch in a million years. After
watching Pretty Woman a few years ago, I swore never to watch another Julia Roberts movie. But guess what? I adore traveling and would love to get up one day and take off for three months to Italy, India and Bali. Or any three foreign destination with no financial repercussion what-so-ever. To my shock and surprise I actually liked this movie. I liked it so much I blogged about it here. Please check out the review and let me know what you think. Anyways, as I watched this movie, I wonder what would happen if I did what Elizabeth (Played by Julia Roberts) did. She went through a divorce, packed all her shiz into storage, hugged her best friend and got on a plane. I don’t think she even planned where she would stay because once she got there, that was when she went to this place, in the middle of nowhere trying to rent a place to stay for the time she would be there. But the dream is the same for me.
As I went through this movie I was engulfed in a world of colour, culture and food. Ignore the romance for a while and just focus on taking off, not a care in the world and even if you do have a care in the world, being in a place like Italy would be perfect for me because of the history, architecture, food and the people. The music and the ease about their daily life would be another thing I’d enjoy. It would take away some of the stress of worrying about what tomorrow will bring.