Al Joude Hotel
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We met for lunch at Hashim, famous for falafals and had some Kanafeh. It's like a cheese pastry covered in sugar syrup. More walking, until we came back to the amphitheatre and went to visit the dagger maker. His family has been in the business since the 1800s! He demonstrated his carving on the handle and later showed everyone how he even creates the handles.
There are so many neat things to see in Jordan, everything is so old it's hard to believe.
After some very busy and full days of touring, today was a little more relaxing. We boarded our bus at 7:30 a.m. and headed out to Masada. The Moody prof on our bus, Walt Mc Cord, opened the day with devotions on the bus reading Jeremiah 17: 5-10. There is so much in Scripture which speaking about the dessert and wilderness... Israel is 75% dessert... so the Israelites could very much relate to references to the dry land.
The word "Masada" means "stronghold." ...
... but you’ll know exactly where you were. Admittedly, I dropped the book into the water twice, so it too has now been dunked in the super salinated water. What’s left to do at the Dead Sea? Just the mud bath left, and not wasn’t missed by most of us as we posed for group photos, baking in the sun, pretending to be zombies as well. It was kind of like being a thousand year old egg when the mud dried.
... end place, the likes of which one wouldn't have seen before, particularly outside of Amman. A full compliment of waiters, spanning the social spectrum -- from water pourers, to order takers, to food servers, to plate cleaners -- descended on us. The menu was huge. I ordered a mixture of mezza (appetizers) for us, which I thought would be sufficient, but when the head waiter then asked what we wanted for main courses, I threw on another order. It was ...
The pictures tell most of the story, you can see there was a decent city established, with a number of monuments that would have been impressive in their time. For instance, the city had fresh water available along the central street at a large ornate tank. The tank was made of stone with ornate relief sculptures above it and alcoves where statues must have stood. Right along the cardo were columns, simpler ionic style in the ...