Roman Ruins at Jerash

Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
Trip End May 01, 2011

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Monday, April 18, 2011

This morning we had another great breakfast.  I was excited this morning because they even had falafel.  I took too much and had to rush and take one roll away with me.  We got in our bus without our Turkish guide who was held up with a previous group and we went to explore the Old City.  There we saw the old fort and as we walked around and Erwin filled us in on its history, a Jordanian officer took down his information since we were supposed to have a Jordanian guide at all times.  Abdul did arrive before we went down to the amphitheater. 

We walked through the market and were totally excited by the fruits and vegetables.  Martin bought some dates so Betty and I did too.  Then we bought some pears.  Then I bought a melon.  We saw almonds in their shells:  they were light green and furry.  Martin didn't like the taste of them but I hadn't had  a chance to try them.  Erwin got a falafel sandwich so Betty and I had to get some too.  Finally we were on our way to the amphitheater.  It was large and very impressive.  There was also a small museum with Jordanian cultural artifacts - jewelry, robes and dresses, baskets and other handicrafts.  I really liked the little museum.

Once we left here, we headed for Jerash, the site of old Roman ruins.  We explored this site for several hours with our guide Abdul giving information on each of the different buildings.  It was also very impressive with colonnade after colonnade.   There was a temple to Artemis with 50 steps....and two altars.  You couldn't see the altar from the first platform.  Then you went up more steps.  Here also was a very impressive amphitheater.  There was a hippodrome where I think there are chariot races and gladiator contests re-enacted.  There were roads constructed out of huge blocks, with horse watering troughs beside them.  One other lovely place was the fountain.  It had fish carvings and a huge red granite bowl for the water to flow into.  I can't remember what else....I will have to look at the photos.  Oh, yes, there was a temple to Jupiter as well.  This site was in the midst of the current city.  Abdul said it was probably built on the site of an earlier civilization's building.  Amid all the buildings, the ruins, and the odd pieces of columns, there were wildflowers everywhere...little daisy like-flowers, some poppies, santolina and others, as well as little lizards.

The weather was hot and sunny today so we all need to be careful to drink enough water.  I think everyone was a little bit more tired.  I know I was fighting dozing off on the ride back to the hotel.  Most of the group ate the hotel's buffet.  I went out with Erwin and Martin to a local cafeteria type restaurant and tried a dish with yogurt sauce.  Most of my meal was not as appealing but I loved the hummus, baba ghanoush and other appetizers and the mango juice.  I needed to hurry and pack up and try to get to bed early tonight as well as catch up on my blogging and email.  I only managed to get out one more day's blog....for April 13.

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