After our incredible day in Petra we went back to the hotel to refuel for the night tour.
Two nights a week, they have a special opening of the park grounds. We met with a larger group of people by the entrance at about 7PM. It was a brisk night about 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the cooler air felt good after the relentless sunshine during the day. Since no cars are allowed in the area the air smelled clean and we could see the myriad of stars brilliantly sparkling.
The narrow sand pathway as far as the eye could see was lined with votive candles covered with brown paper bags. There was a half moon out that night that shone a special light on to us.
We arrived at the plaza where the Treasury building is and it spilled over with hundreds of candles and no other light. It took our breath away. A lone figure in the middle of the plaza played the flute, captivating the audience. After he played we walked back to the hotel transfixed by the stars, moonlight, and flickering candles.
A night to remember for many years to come.
I have also included more daytime photos.
The Jordanian Tourist Board generously provided our hotel, tour guide, and driver, which was invaluable in planning our Petra trip.
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
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I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.