Checking out Jerash

Trip Start May 07, 2007
Trip End May 29, 2007

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Up for brekky at 8am and I was chilling by the pool at 9am.... I settled into a lounge and read Shantaram until i finished it.. .sorry Thommo ! 
the pool at our hotel in Madaba
  The pool was freezing cold but once you were in and moving around it was kinda refreshing... a quick dip, more baking and resting then it was time to get ready for our 1pm pick up out to Jerash.
We drove through the capital of Jordan, Amman, realising we werent missing much.  There are some huge cliffs with apartments precariously built near the edge !  After a few detours we arrived in the city of Jerash - we could see the ruins but our driver couldnt find his way there.  At one point we picked up a guy on the side of the road who said he knew the way but he took us to this street where there were roadworks.   Our van didnt have the power to get up the hill and we started to get bogged and slide all over the place.... Turning around eventually we made our way to the main road and talked to another driver who told us to follow him - he took us to the right spot -- we were all just laughing in the back! 
the Hippodrome
We walked through the schlok shops and saw Hadrians arch and the hippodrome which hosted chariot races - it reminded my of a knights tale.. - its quite big.!   We organised our tickets and found a guide (they were all relaxing under a tree away from the heat)... our guide was hilarious !  
the temple of Zeusthe Oval Plaza
 We walked through the South Gate and into the oval shaped plaza and saw the Temple of Zeus.  Behind the temple we checked out the Theatre and on entering 2 Bedouin men started up their bagpipes and started playing Scotland the Brave. 
bagpipe playing bedouin in the south theatre
 A very surreal experience to see and hear but the sound was absolutely fantastic.  The Theatre is in excellent condition - you can even see the seat numbers etched into some seats.  We walked down the Colonnaded Street and saw the marks from the chariots.  
colonadded street
 The street rocks are buckled in some places due to an earthquake but there are still heaps of columns still intact...
the columns in front of the nymphaemthe ruins at Jerash
 We saw the Nymphaem which was a huge fountain in the city & a few other buildings. By this time we'd had enough so we cruised back to the ticket shop and picked up our driver, eventually making it back at 7pm.   It was sometimes a scary ride - we were going really quick down some of the huge hills and valleys - I was holding onto the curtain rail at the side as we all had no seatbelts..!
Back at the hotel we all got together for dinner at the hotel in the bar/restaurant opposite the pool... the food was fantastic & there was plenty of it!   I checked my flight on the net to make sure it was still running then packed my bags for our 9am cab pick up to the airport.... I'm getting a ride with Ali as she's flying back to Cairo around the same time  :)
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