Monday, September 15, 2008

Au Revoir ~ Journey to Egypt and Jordan with Mom

Petra is among the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Made famous by the movie "Indiana Jones and the Last
Crusade" where the last part of the movie was filmed.

I am very excited to embark on this journey with my mom.
It will be good mother and daughter bonding time as we
share a passion in travel. Any kind of travel. Oh our lists
are very long of the places we'd like to travel. I think in
terms of sheer number of countries, my mom probably has
me beat by double. But I'm working on it!

I'm ashamed and proud at the same time say that my mom
would outlast me on just about any adventure. Proof of this
really showed in our last trip together on a white knuckled
3 week 4x4 trip from China into, and around Tibet. The tour
guide literally said, "What's wrong with you, you're huffing
and puffing and your mom is already up the hill without a
sweat or even labored breathing."

I never really stopped to think about the fact that most moms
do not backpack with their children. My mom has done this
on multiple occasions with me. She's a real trooper and she's
not afraid of bugs while I am maniacally afraid of cockroaches...
and leeches...beatles...spideres....I think you get the picture.

Did you know that they have a night tour of Petra?
I have no idea if this is what it looks like but I will
let you know soon enough!

Somewhere as remote as Petra still has a Marriott built near it.
If I can have rooms and views like this, I'll take it any day.

Amazing views.

Hopefully, at the team you are reading this - I will be blissfully
shopping and haggling away at one of these Egyptian bazaars.

I've always been obsessed with pouches, bags
and envelopes and I'm no different when it comes
to travel. These are a great pair of metallic
envelopes available at

A Giraffe looking passport cover by Lodis.

A metallic faux crocodile passport cover that
comes in gold and silver - also avilable from Lodis.

The passport cover on the left is by Kate Spade. I love how the
outside is metallic gold but the inside is magenta pink!
More colorful passport covers available from

I personally own this passport cover by Anya Hindmarch.
For me, you have to take the passport out of the cover
anyways to hand to the customs agent. I thought this
one was so cute. The color is actually a very pale gold.
And for your business cards, how about
this fun orange number from Lodis?

Don't forget to visit Material Girls for the awesome
Contest that is going on. All 3 prizes are gorgeous
lamps from none other than Swank Lighting. This
is one contest and give away definitely worth winning!
The grand prize gets a choice of the above lamps in any
color. Check out the Contest rules and all of the prizes!

See you all in a couple of weeks!


M.Kate said...

Hello Karen, I am jealous and envious :D Pack me along...I'll lose some weight haha..

YOu have a lovely trip, to the places that I am dying to go..

much love and hugs, M

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Have a wonderful trip!

Francois said...

Lovely Trip , maybe you will find out that the first alkemist were born there !

P said...

You have such a treat in store for you! I lived in Cairo for two years and spent a lot of time travelling around the Middle East - including Petra. So many beautiful things to see (and buy). Treasures everywhere. Have a lovely time.

viera said...

What a great trip. Have a safe holiday ,take lots of pictutes to share with us.

Teal Chic said...

Hi Karen, hope you have a wonderful trip. I can't wait to see the pictures. Also thank you for posting this contest. I've decided to do my room in pink (shock of all shocks), and I must have these lamps!!!! :) Have a great day.


Marnie said...

bon voyage - you will have a quote for coffee bean boards upon your return - got busy so did not get it off before your trip

Yoli said...

Karen I am so thrilled for you and your Mom. What an amazing adventure you will be on girl!!!!! Have a wonderful trip and will be checking for updates.

Suzy said...

I'm incredibly jealous...they are both high on my "to go" list stil...have a fantastic time...can't wait to see your pics!

Mélanie said...

You are very lucky for 2 reasons :
you are going to Petra and it is a wonderful place
and you are travelling with your mum.
Have a good trip

Villa Anna said...

Bon voyage Karen! Ahhhhh I am squealing with envy! I wish you and your mum a truly wonderful time and I CAN'T WAIT to see your pics! See and buy heaps!

Anna :)

Visual Vamp said...

Bon voyage mon ami! Like Villa Anna and the rest of us, we look forward to your posting about the trip.
Travel safe!

kay* said...

oh how lucky of you! i have a slight facination with egypt and finally visited for 2 weeks by myself last year...i loved every moment and can't wait to go back. i would love to go to petra as well.

can i leave you a tip? if you visit khan-al khalil, one of the most popular bazaars in Cairo go to the NON-touristy side (which is on the opposite side of the street than the main bazaar). It's not as nice looking...there aren't really much tourists on that side but you can get an authentic inlaid, camelbone box from the guy who makes them for a great price. truly beautiful. most of the ones on the tourist side are fake.

Porchlight Interiors said...

Hope you have a great trip! The views from the Marriot look spectacular. Looking forward to some pics when you get back. We are about to go camping for 9 days with lots of kids - don't be too jealous - your trip will be fun too. Tracey

Fifi Flowers said...

ENJOY! I have traveled with my mothr on several occasions... it is such FUN! Can't wait to hear all about it!
Oooooh... I so want one of these libraies... need to move kids out of their tv room and remodel!

annechovie said...

Sounds like an exciting adventure to an amazing place! Hope you and your mom have a very safe and wonderful trip together!

Charm Hill - Lena said...

great photo's, have a wonderful trip!

house decor said...

These photos look truly amazing i hope you had a great time

mindyourstep said...

hello. im new to this whole blogger thing but stumbled upon your page.
I am soon headed to the middle east as well. im doing a tour of Jordan and Isreal. Very exciting stuff. And, its my first time over seas. haha. my mum quite typicaly said "why cant u just go to Eurore like everybody else'. haha. I hope your trip is great


Please take lots of pictures of Petra for us to see. I have to admit that I am having trip envy (lol)

porter hovey said...

This just reminds me how much I need a vacation!

qerat said...


I just discovered your blog today. I wish I did before your trip to Jordan. I am from Jordan!!!
You did not post about your trip after your return, I just hope you had a good time in our country.
Great blog by the way. Love your posts and photos.

Down Comforter said...

What a fun post!!

Quoizel said...

I am so jealous. I have always wanted to visit Petra. It looks absoulutely beautiful with the lights in front of it. I am also definetly going to put in for the lamp giveway. Thanks for the wonderful blog.

Quoizel said...

I am so jealous I have always wanted to vist Petra. It looks so beautiful with the lights in front of it. I am also definetly going to put in for your lamp giveway. Thanks for the wonderful blog.

Mcmanusrxlg said...

What a great trip. Have a safe holiday ,take lots of pictutes to share with us.

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