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Jordan Tour - Jerash & Amman
We were up early, with bags packed and we raced down to try and get breakfast before we were picked up by the tour bus leaving for our trip to Jordan, organised through Travelujah. We left Tel Aviv at 6:30 am, picked up a young lady in Jerusalem, and headed for the Jordanian border near Beit Shean. We had thought there would be a coach load of people on our tour - but to our amazement and delight found it was just the three of us! After exiting Israel, and crossing through the neutral territory by bus, we were met at the first opportunity by our Jordanian guide, who helped us go through the customs procedure of entering Jordan. We have been through many country boundaries in the past but this was the first time we had to have our eyes scanned. Everything went smoothly and we were soon settling into a little mini-bus that was to take us around Jordan. Our first stop was Jerash - a Greko-Roman city which was one of the ten cities of the Decapolis. This was amazingly large - I hadn't realised that cities in the Middle East were so big in those days. It is also one of the best preserved cities of the Decapolis. The Arch of Hadrian dominated the entry and set the scene for an afternoon for an afternoon seeing some amazing ancient buildings including two theatres, temples to Zeus and Artemis, and a Roman Forum which is almost unique due to it's oval shape. The weather was extremely hot that day so we were thankful for drinks of cold water at every opportunity! We stayed overnight in Amman.
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