|Amjad, our guide in Jordan
|Mamdoh, our driver in Jordan
Amjad, our tour guide, and Mamdoh, our driver, were ready to greet us at 9:00 Tuesday morning. We left Amman, Jordan, well rested and ready for yet one more day of touring. The day included only two stops – Jerash and Ajlun.
Jerash is one of the ten cities built by the Romans that are known as the Decapolis. We had seen Beit She’an (or Beth Shean) earlier in our trip southeast of Nazareth, another of the ten.
If Beit She’an is the best-preserved town in Israel, Jerash is considered one of the best preserved and most original of the Roman cities in the Middle East. This site contains all the elements anyone who has taken Latin 101 expects to see in a Roman city.
We enjoyed seeing a Hippodrome, where the horse races were held, a large Oval Plaza, a well-preserved Theater, a massive Cardo (Roman equivalent of a shopping mall, a Roman Forum, and a Temple to Aphrodite that has many similarities to Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. These ruins sit squarely in the center of the modern Jerash city. What a history lesson they wake up to every morning.
|Need a boost?
In this picture you see some boys enjoying the grounds and doing the things boys do, such as trying to hoist each other into the crevices on the stage at the theater. These two were part of a school field trip group. As we encountered thet boys several times on the grounds, hey were not shy to say hi to us, each one smiling and wanting to be noticed. A few said, “I love you,” which must be one of the English sentences they know how to say.
|Cool Roman columns
Some of Jerash was destroyed by an earthquake, but our guide showed us how some of the columns were able to withstand the quake through a system of holes and notches in the column that still today give it the flexibility to move. Mark got a great shot looking up at five of these columns in the temple area.
|Colorful presentation and good to eat.
|Green part of Jordan
|Leaving Ajlun - last stop of the tour.
|Sunrise over Manhattan from Newark airport
We will be here until about 6 p.m. tonight. It had been our hope to store our carry-ons (four rather heavy ones) somewhere so that we might ride a train into NYC and even attend an Ash Wednesday service somewhere, but airport security means we keep our things with us all day long. So we are happy to be occupying our own little corner of Gate 85 until we can board for our last leg of this fantastic trip. We will arrive home about 9 p.m., ready for our own bed, we are sure.
This has been a very wonderful trip for us. Each person of our group was interesting, cooperative, unique in their contribution to the whole, and full of fun and adventure. Then these days of our extension added new memories for Mark and me both. We celebrate our fortieth wedding anniversary next month and will now treasure these last two weeks as another of our great adventures. Thanks for following along with us.