3 Amman, the white city, so called because of all the white limestone used in the construction of the buildings.
5 Ruins at Philadelphia. A 6th century Byzantine church.
6 More wildflowers
7 Umayyad Palace, early 8th century.
8 Water cistern
9 Palace detail
10 Local flora (not grapes).
11 Jordan Archaelogical Museum
13 Note the mirror behind the two heads. Both heads are two faced.
14 Early pottery
15 These were made from plaster in roughly 8000 to 6000BC.
16 Temple of Hercules in Amman.
17 More of the "white city"
18 Our guide, Orya - one of only three female guides in Jordan.
19 Mosaic in theater museum.
20 Steve and Ron.
21 I can hear you now!
22 After our morning trip to the museum in the middle of Amman, we went to a sweet shop. This particular dish has lots of honey and, with coffee or tea, tasted great!
23 The baker.
24 Some more of the goodies along with the ubiquitous picture of King Abdulla II. He has a bit of a problem - his mother was British and, hence, he looks more British than Arabian.
26 Making sand pictures in a bottle.
27 Music shop.
29 Owls for sale.
30 Brass ware.
31 Now we venture to the Dead Sea. Notice the marker on the right indicating sea level.
32 A resort pool by the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea can be seen in the distance on the left.
33 A day at the beach
34 Hmmm, this water is dirty! Actually people seem to enjoy smearing Dead Sea mud on themselves, and then washing it off. We wouldn't do such a thing.
35 Well, maybe we would.
36 Dinner that night. This is called an "upside-down"
37 Gypsy camp.
38 Now we are in Jerash.
39 Jerash. Hadrian's arch.
40 An overview of Jerash.
42 Spring-blooming wild flowers.
43 Temple of Zeus.
44 South Theater
45 Checking out the seating.
46 I have a great seat and I am not giving it up!
47 Another theater-goer.
48 Steve and Lynne.
49 Jerash. Looking back at the oval plaza.
50 More spring flowers.
52 Yet another view of the Oval Plaza.
53 This is rather typical of Roman city planning. They generally had a main north-south street and a main east-west street. This is the east-west street.
54 Jerash. Looking back at the Oval Plaza, The Temple of Zeus and the South Theater.
55 Temple of Artemis - the mother of Achilles and Leto.
56 Temple of Artemis.
57 TheTemple of Artemis.
58 Jerash. The North Theater.
59 A theater-goer.
60 The north-south street of Jerash.
61 The main street is called the Cardo.
62 A show begins in the Jerash hippodrome.
63 "Roman" soldiers enter.
64 These soldiers are demonstrating a battle technique that they would use against cavalry. In this particular case, the soldier in the front (under the shield) would attack the horse, and the one in the back would attack the rider.
65 Protecting the standard and the paymaster. The standard bearer has the battle plan. As the soldiers advance, the standard bearer tells them what to do next. If the army hopes to act in unison, the standard bearers are very important - both for the Romans to protect, and for the enemy to try to kill.
66 Thumbs up or thumbs down?
67 Gladiators fighting for the enjoyment of the crowd.
68 A chariot race.
69 Faster, faster.
70 The man in blue is now very much in the lead.
71 Two Roman soldiers practicing a salute. The man in green is taking lessons from the man in brown. Never can tell when Caesar might amble by.
72 After the hippodrome, we went to lunch. Here they are making bread.
73 Smoking tobacco with a Hubbly-Bubbly.
74 We are now in Ajlun on a Saracen stronghold of Qalaat-al-Rabad. These two ladies are from Saudi Arabia and, right now, are students at the University of Jordan.
75 A Saudi "Princess" poses for us.
76 View from the castle.
77 Ajlun Castle
78 Inside the fortress
79 Mount Nebo where legend has it that Moses got his first view of the promised land. Hmmm, "Christian Holy Place". I'll bet it has some significance to the Jews as well.
80 A man and his wives. Or maybe wife and daughter, or maybe two daughters.
81 Mosaic floor
82 A map at the top of Mt. Nebo. You can see quite a bit from the top of this mountain. Moses could have easily seen Israel.
83 A view from Mt. Nebo toward Israel. One can make out the Jordan River as well as Israel from here.
84 Now, on the way to Petra, we are stopping at a Greek Orthodox Church. As in a number of other Islamic countries, the non-Muslim religions are tolerated but it is absolutely against the law for a Muslim to convert. On the otherhand, if a Greek Orthodox wanted to convert to Islam, well, noooo problem!
85 Very colorful scene inside the church.
86 Mosaic map of Jerusalem and surrounds.
87 An olive grove on the way to Petra.
88 The "Grand Canyon" of Jordan.
89 We are now near Petra and are checked into our hotel. This picture is showing a Mosque with loud speakers pointed directly at our window. The call to prayer in the early morning negated the need for an alarm clock.
90 Former King Hussain and son Abdulah II.
91 We've arrived at Petra.
92 Tombs on the way into old Petra.
93 Tombs from first century.
94 Entering Petra. This pathway is 1207 meters long. It was paved in the 1st century BC by the Romans. At one time there was also an arch over this area.
95 This shows some of the water drainage system carved by the Nabateans.
96 Still walking.
98 ... and deaper. Notice the remains of a Roman road.
99 Beautiful rock formations
100 Badly weathered carving of camel with herder.
101 We are almost there. Our first view of the treasury building.
102 getting even closer.
103 Upper part of the Treasury Building.
104 Petra - Entrance to the treasury.
105 Petra, The treasury building.
107 Petra, Intrepid travelers.
108 Overview of tombs.
109 Colorful rocks.
110 More colorful rocks.
111 One of the cave dwellers
112 .. and another.
114 Petra. Amphitheater.
115 Local Bedouin.
116 With the people in this photo it is easy to estimate the scale of the buildings (carvings). They were BIG!
117 Petra. Tombs
118 Tombs of the nobles.
119 Petra. This is called the "Palace of the Pharoah's Daughter".
120 Still in Petra, we are starting our 800-step climb up to a monastery. Hmmm, are we making a mistake?
121 Continuing our trek.
122 Are we there yet?
123 No, we're not!
124 Are you sure there are only 800?
125 Still climbing.
126 Halleluia, the top of the monastery is in sight.
127 Two pilgrims in front of the Monastery.
128 Look at the people near the door. This monastery is big.
129 Well,this is better than a GPS system.
130 Odd rock formation in the path. Petrified cabbages?
131 Looking back at the monastery.
132 Finally, we are headed back down. Lynne and Ron
133 They must have magnets in their feet!
134 Coming down. Where is an elevator when you need one.
136 Interesting erosion pattern, or melted chocolate, or maybe I am hallucinating.
137 Walking back through the colonnaded street.
138 At ground level once more. - and leaving Petra.
139 We are now on the way to Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is in southern Jordan and is like a national park.
140 I guess this guy is on the way, too.
142 Everyone goes to Wadi Rum. This lady apparently does not need to see where she is going.
143 This is what Lawrence of Arabia termed "the seven pillars of wisdom".
144 Intrepid explorers.
145 Some more intrepid people.
146 Desert landscape at Wadi Rum.
147 Sand dunes.
148 These are the drivers of the jeeps that we were on.
149 Running down the sand dunes.
150 This picture requires no explaination.
151 Early graffiti.
152 Carving of Lawrence of Arabia.
153 Stopping for lunch at a desert camp.
154 In the camp.
155 Very colorful.
156 Mary, Roger, Lynne, Steve
157 On our last night in this part of the world, we flew back to Cairo where we would catch a plane the next day for the US. In the Cairo hotel we happened upon this wedding.