MIDDLE EAST PICTURE TOUR

MIDDLE EAST PICTURE TOUR
I just returned from the Middle East. A Canadian photographer and myself contracted with a small Lincoln, California media company to capture various biblical archeological locations for an interactive app, website, and magazine. Our little team of four was truly international; we represented New Zealand, Canada, United States, and Great Britain.

Since international travel is one of my all-time passions, I was beyond excited to visit the Middle East again. Our three week trip took our team to Turkey (west and east), Jordan, Israel, quick visits to Lebanon, Germany, and a REALLY quick visit to the Iranian border, since we were so close. At the end of the trip, I stopped in Geneva, Switzerland for a long layover. I had never been to Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, or Iran before, so this was more than just a work trip for me; it was an opportunity to check more countries off my list and experience some new cultures.

Our trip began in Turkey. We spent four days on the eastern side of the country near Mount Ararat, documenting Noah’s Ark. At one point, the mountains of Armenia were within walking distance and oh, so, tempting. Back on the western side, it was painfully obvious that two nights in Istanbul weren’t enough time to explore such an amazing city, so I have to go back. And, in case you’re wondering, Turkish Airlines is a wonderful airline and I’d happily fly with them again!

Our next stop was Jordan. Within four days, our team saw the entire county (thanks to our very ambitious tour guide)! We took a jeep ride through the desert in Wadi Rum, camped under the stars with the Bedouins, and rode a camel for two hours late at night…just for fun and adventure. Also, in Jordan, I experienced heat stroke in Petra – that was a first! I didn’t float in the Dead Sea, but I can report that the water feels slimy/oily. We were so close to Syria and Saudi Arabia, I could almost touch them! If my boney camel hadn’t have been so downright uncomfortable, I would have easily been talked into riding to Saudi Arabia, which was only two “camel speed” hours away through the desert.

Israel was the last stop for me, since I wasn’t going on to Egypt with the rest of the group. (I’ve been to Egypt before and decided I was okay skipping it this time.) Jerusalem is a beautiful city with so much history that three days isn’t long enough to take it all in, but I tried. In the end, I had the best falafels two days in a row and will never be able to settle for wanna-be middle eastern food sold at Costco ever again.

An Istanbul lamp shop

An Istanbul lamp shop

Camping under the stars with Bedouins in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Camping under the stars with Bedouins in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Eastern Turkey and only a few miles from Iranian border

Eastern Turkey and only a few miles from Iranian border

A common sight in Petra, Jordan

A common sight in Petra, Jordan

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

An Iranian truck passing the sign for Noah's Ark

An Iranian truck passing the sign for Noah’s Ark

Noah's Ark preserved in a mud flow

Noah’s Ark preserved in a mud flow

Turkish Delight at the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Turkish Delight at the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, Israel

Turkish shepherd boy

Turkish shepherd boy

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Walking on Noah's Ark with a view of Mt. Ararat across the valley

Walking on Noah’s Ark with a view of Mt. Ararat across the valley

Chapel dedicated to Jesus' baptism location, Jordan

Chapel dedicated to Jesus’ baptism location, Jordan

Ishak Pasha Palace is an Ottoman-period palace whose construction was started in 1685

Ishak Pasha Palace is an Ottoman-period palace whose construction was started in 1685

The Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

The Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Freshly ground spices in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Freshly ground spices in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, Israel

Me standing on the stern of Noah's Ark

Me standing on the stern of Noah’s Ark

Ishak Pasha Palace is an Ottoman-period palace whose construction was started in 1685

Ishak Pasha Palace is an Ottoman-period palace whose construction was started in 1685

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Jordan

Jordan

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Eastern Turkey

Eastern Turkey

Ishak Pasha Palace

Ishak Pasha Palace

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Pella, Jordan

Pella, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

Ishak Pasha Palace

Ishak Pasha Palace

Camels ending a long day at Petra, Jordan

Camels ending a long day at Petra, Jordan

Bedouin Marriott (L), Working in Turkey (R)

Bedouin Marriott (L), Working in Turkey (R)

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I'm an English girl in California. I'm a professional wedding, portrait, event & travel photographer, video & television producer & world traveller.

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