Petra, the rose red city

Petra is Jordan's most visited tourist attraction. al-Siq is the main entrance to the ancient city. Al Khazneh, The Treasury, seen from the end of the gorge. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Petra is Jordan’s most visited tourist attraction. Al Khazneh, The Treasury, seen from the end of the gorge. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Petra became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Also known as the “rose red city, half as old as time”, it is not difficult to understand why it has become Jordan’s largest tourist attraction. Some say this is partly because of Steven Spielberg’s movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” from 1986, but no doubt this site would could have become famous anyway sooner or later. It was also chosen as one of the controversial “New Seven Wonders of the World” in 2007.

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Bali:: Tabanan

Bali, Tabanan. A temple south of Tabanan city. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Bali, Tabanan. A temple south of Tabanan city. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Tabanan is the capital and commercial center of the Balinese district with the same name. Tabanan is full of small industries and Chinese owned shops, and the architecture is not very attractive. But the city has won a number of prices for cleanliness and is maybe the best organized town on Bali. There are many parks here, and green plants and flowers along the road.

Tabanan is an arts center, rich on dance and music traditions, and known for it’s gamelan musicians and dance groups. Since the 19th century it has also been a center for woodcarvings.

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