Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ummm Qais

Today we left the Albright in Jerusalem at 7:30 A.M. for the 2 hour drive to the Sheikh Hussein Bridge to cross into Jordan. It took another couple of hours to cross. First, the exit visa, then passport control, then customs, then waiting for the shuttle bus to drive us across the border, then the same drill again. At the border crossing in Jordan they now take a thumb print and a digital photo. I left Israel/entered Jordan on my Oz passport. I' m going to keep my US passport for exclusive use in Arabic countries.
It was close to noon before we made our first site at Umm Qais, the Roman decapolis city of Gadera, in the hills overlooking the lush Jordan river valley and the Sea of Galilee. There we saw a long Decumanus (main Roman street), nymphaeum (fountain house), theater, and Roman shops, mostly built of striking black basalt. Our visit lasted only an hour as we had to leave for the 2 hour drive to Jerash, en route to Amman.
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