090326 085055  Roman Amphitheater. : Amman, Jordan, [Jordan090326]  090326 085226  View of Amman : [Jordan090326]  090326 084934  Amman, the white city, so called because of all the white limestone used in the construction of the buildings. : Amman, Jordan, [Jordan090326]  090326 085525  Wildflowers : Amman, Jordan, [Jordan090326] 
090326 090009  Ruins at Philadelphia.  A 6th century Byzantine church. : Amman, Jordan, Philadelphia, [Jordan090326]  090326 090225  More wildflowers : Amman, Jordan, Philadelphia, [Jordan090326]  090326 090337  Umayyad Palace, early 8th century. : Amman, Jordan, Philadelphia, [Jordan090326]  090326 090436  Water cistern : Amman, Jordan, [Jordan090326] 
090326 091128  Palace detail : Amman, Jordan, [Jordan090326]  090326 093418  Local flora (not grapes). : Amman, Jordan, [Jordan090326]  090326 094631  Jordan Archaelogical Museum : Amman, Jordan, [Jordan090326]  090326 095047 : [Jordan090326] 
090326 095445  Note the mirror behind the two heads.  Both heads are two faced. : [Jordan090326]  090326 095637  Early pottery : [Jordan090326]  090326 100152  These were made from plaster in roughly 8000 to 6000BC. : [Jordan090326]  090326 100514  Temple of Hercules in Amman. : Amman, Jordan, [Jordan090326] 
090326 101548  More of the "white city" : [Jordan090326]  090326 103014  Our guide, Orya - one of only three female guides in Jordan. : [Jordan090326]  090326 103922  Mosaic in theater museum. : [Jordan090326]  090326 104614  Steve and Ron. : [Jordan090326] 
090326 105048-2  I can hear you now! : [Jordan090326]  090326 111340  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! : [Jordan090326]  090326 111518  The baker. : [Jordan090326]  090326 114240  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. : [Jordan090326] 
090326 115513  Shopping : [Jordan090326]  090326 115642  Making sand pictures in a bottle. : [Jordan090326]  090326 115737  Music shop. : [Jordan090326]  090326 115943  Jordan : [Jordan090326] 
090326 120015  Owls for sale. : [Jordan090326]  090326 120326  Brass ware. : [Jordan090326]  090326 130655  Now we venture to the Dead Sea.  Notice the marker on the right indicating sea level. : [Jordan090326]  090326 140901  A resort pool by the Dead Sea.  The Dead Sea can be seen in the distance on the left. : [Jordan090326] 
090326 140932  A day at the beach : [Jordan090326]  090326 141024  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. : [Jordan090326]  090326 145204  Well, maybe we would. : [Jordan090326]  090326 200235  Dinner that night.  This is called an "upside-down" : [Jordan090326] 
090326 155247  Gypsy camp. : [Jordan090326]  090327 085517  Now we are in Jerash. : [Jordan090326]  090327 085744  Jerash. Hadrian's arch. : [Jordan090326]  090327 090352  An overview of Jerash. : [Jordan090326] 
090327 090935  Jerash. : [Jordan090326]  090327 091241  Spring-blooming wild flowers. : [Jordan090326]  090327 093231  Temple of Zeus. : [Jordan090326]  090327 093930  South Theater : [Jordan090326] 
090327 094103  Checking out the seating. : [Jordan090326]  090327 094407  I have a great seat and I am not giving it up! : [Jordan090326]  090327 094629  Another theater-goer. : [Jordan090326]  090327 094814  Steve and Lynne. : [Jordan090326] 
090327 095004  Jerash. Looking back at the oval plaza. : [Jordan090326]  090327 095212  More spring flowers. : [Jordan090326]  090327 095253  Jerash. : [Jordan090326]  090327 095423  Yet another view of the Oval Plaza. : [Jordan090326] 
090327 095950  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. : [Jordan090326]  090327 100338  Jerash.  Looking back at the Oval Plaza, The Temple of Zeus and the South Theater. : [Jordan090326]  090327 101307  Temple of Artemis - the mother of Achilles and Leto. : [Jordan090326]  090327 101541  Temple of Artemis. : [Jordan090326] 
090327 102031  TheTemple of Artemis. : [Jordan090326]  090327 102649  Jerash. The North Theater. : [Jordan090326]  090327 102737  A theater-goer. : [Jordan090326]  090327 103334  The north-south street of Jerash. : [Jordan090326] 
090327 104016  The main street is called the Cardo. : [Jordan090326]  090327 110846  A show begins in the Jerash hippodrome. : [Jordan090326]  090327 112549  "Roman" soldiers enter. : [Jordan090326]  090327 113028  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. : [Jordan090326] 
090327 113900  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. : [Jordan090326]  090327 114533  Thumbs up or thumbs down? : [Jordan090326]  090327 114627  Gladiators fighting for the enjoyment of the crowd. : [Jordan090326]  090327 115033  A chariot race. : [Jordan090326] 
090327 115211  Faster, faster. : [Jordan090326]  090327 115331  The man in blue is now very much in the lead. : [Jordan090326]  090327 120052  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. : [Jordan090326]  090327 121456  After the hippodrome, we went to lunch.  Here they are making bread. : [Jordan090326] 
090327 130954  Smoking tobacco with a Hubbly-Bubbly. : [Jordan090326]  090327 141734  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. : [Jordan090326]  090327 142052  A Saudi "Princess" poses for us. : [Jordan090326]  090327 142354  View from the castle. : [Jordan090326] 
090327 142405  Ajlun Castle : [Jordan090326]  090327 145103  Inside the fortress : [Jordan090326]  090328 095806  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. : [Jordan090326]  090327 145702  A man and his wives.  Or maybe wife and daughter, or maybe two daughters. : [Jordan090326] 
090328 100420  Mosaic floor : [Jordan090326]  090328 101922  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. : [Jordan090326]  090328 101953  A view from Mt. Nebo toward Israel.  One can make out the Jordan River as well as Israel from here. : [Jordan090326]  090328 114303  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! : [Jordan090326] 
090328 115434  Very colorful scene inside the church. : [Jordan090326]  090328 115900  Mosaic map of Jerusalem and surrounds. : [Jordan090326]  090328 132854  An olive grove on the way to Petra. : [Jordan090326]  090328 141031  The "Grand Canyon" of Jordan. : [Jordan090326] 
090329 063542  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. : [Jordan090326]  090329 084300  Former King Hussain and son Abdulah II. : King Abdulla II, King Hussein, Petra, [Jordan090326]  090329 084448  We've arrived at Petra. : [Jordan090326]  090329 090309  Tombs on the way into old Petra. : [Jordan090326] 
090329 090500  Tombs from first century. : [Jordan090326]  090329 091253  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. : [Jordan090326]  090329 092050  This shows some of the water drainage system carved by the Nabateans. : [Jordan090326]  090329 091825  Still walking. : [Jordan090326] 
090329 092138  Continuing : [Jordan090326]  090329 092631  ... and deaper.  Notice the remains of a Roman road. : [Jordan090326]  090329 092859  Beautiful rock formations : [Jordan090326]  090329 093848  Badly weathered carving of camel with herder. : [Jordan090326] 
090329 094758  We are almost there.  Our first view of the treasury building. : [Jordan090326]  090329 094924  getting even closer. : [Jordan090326]  090329 095357  Upper part of the Treasury Building. : [Jordan090326]  090329 100718  Petra - Entrance to the treasury. : [Jordan090326] 
090329 095326  Petra, The treasury building. : [Jordan090326]  090329 101701  Petra : [Jordan090326]  090329 100727  Petra,  Intrepid travelers. : [Jordan090326]  090329 103051  Overview of tombs. : [Jordan090326] 
090329 103217  Colorful rocks. : [Jordan090326]  090329 103238  More colorful rocks. : [Jordan090326]  090329 103400  One of the cave dwellers : [Jordan090326]  090329 103442  .. and another. : [Jordan090326] 
090329 103542  Petra : [Jordan090326]  090329 104324  Petra.  Amphitheater. : [Jordan090326]  090329 112122  Local Bedouin. : [Jordan090326]  090329 112309  With the people in this photo it is easy to estimate the scale of the buildings (carvings).  They were BIG! : More residences, [Jordan090326] 
090329 112330  Petra.  Tombs : [Jordan090326]  090329 112834  Tombs of the nobles. : [Jordan090326]  090329 114020  Petra.  This is called the "Palace of the Pharoah's Daughter". : [Jordan090326]  090329 123911  Still in Petra, we are starting our 800-step climb up to a monastery.  Hmmm, are we making a mistake? : [Jordan090326] 
090329 124420  Continuing our trek. : [Jordan090326]  090329 125406  Are we there yet? : [Jordan090326]  090329 130425  No, we're not! : [Jordan090326]  090329 130747  Are you sure there are only 800? : [Jordan090326] 
090329 132843  Still climbing. : [Jordan090326]  090329 134303  Halleluia, the top of the monastery is in sight. : [Jordan090326]  090329 135342  Two pilgrims in front of the Monastery. : [Jordan090326]  090329 135819  Look at the people near the door.  This monastery is big. : [Jordan090326] 
090329 135919  Well,this is better than a GPS system. : [Jordan090326]  090329 140205  Odd rock formation in the path.  Petrified cabbages? : [Jordan090326]  090329 140804  Looking back at the monastery. : [Jordan090326]  090329 150336  Finally, we are headed back down.  Lynne and Ron : [Jordan090326] 
090329 150856  They must have magnets in their feet! : [Jordan090326]  090329 151428  Coming down.  Where is an elevator when you need one. : [Jordan090326]  090329 153835  Taxi? : [Jordan090326]  090329 161044  Interesting erosion pattern, or melted chocolate, or maybe I am hallucinating. : [Jordan090326] 
090329 155246  Walking back through the colonnaded street. : [Jordan090326]  090329 163718  At ground level once more. - and leaving Petra. : [Jordan090326]  090330 084401  We are now on the way to Wadi Rum.  Wadi Rum is in southern Jordan and is like a national park. : [Jordan090326]  090330 090811  I guess this guy is on the way, too. : [Jordan090326] 
090330 091716 : [Jordan090326]  090330 092012  Everyone goes to Wadi Rum.  This lady apparently does not need to see where she is going. : [Jordan090326]  090330 105104  This is what Lawrence of Arabia termed "the seven pillars of wisdom". : [Jordan090326]  090330 110052  Intrepid explorers. : [Jordan090326] 
090330 110341  Some more intrepid people. : [Jordan090326]  090330 111624  Desert landscape at Wadi Rum. : [Jordan090326]  090330 111723  Sand dunes. : [Jordan090326]  090330 114525  These are the drivers of the jeeps that we were on. : [Jordan090326] 
090330 114918  Running down the sand dunes. : [Jordan090326]  090330 114547  This picture requires no explaination. : [Jordan090326]  090330 115941  Early graffiti. : [Jordan090326]  090330 121354  Carving of Lawrence of Arabia. : [Jordan090326] 
090330 123421  Stopping for lunch at a desert camp. : [Jordan090326]  090330 123528  In the camp. : [Jordan090326]  090330 123556  Very colorful. : [Jordan090326]  090330 124440  Mary, Roger, Lynne, Steve : [Jordan090326] 
090330 225045  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. : [Jordan090326]