After I wrote the post on A Rose Red City Half as old as Time, we were finally able to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site last April 2012. The Sonnet written by John Burgon where the phrase “a rose red city half as old as time” was lifted from is found below as well as a short video of our amazing Petra experience. It has always been in the bucket list of many but some places must not remain forever here for it is just too beautiful not to see it soon.
It seems no work of Man’s creative hand,
by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned;
But from the rock as if by magic grown,
eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!
Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,
where erst Athena held her rites divine;
Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,
that crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;
But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,
that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
which Man deemed old two thousand years ago,
match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,
a rose-red city half as old as time.
Next departure of Classical Gems of Egypt, Israel and Jordan which will include a visit to Petra are as follows:
Sept 4, 2012
Nov. 14, 2012