Arrived in Amman Saturday, March 28, 2009 ... stayed in Madaba
Night time arrival - pouring rain! Met by Feras, uncle of my student Qasim
Colorful, hilly & beautiful Amman
Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant, Amman
Making of traditional flat bread , beduine style , Restaurant Reem Al Bawadi , Amman , Jordan
Hotel Salome, Madaba
Hotel Salome Lobby
Kia Picante rental car
First stop - the famous Madaba Church that houses the famous Mosaic
Madaba's St. Georges Greek Orthodox Church
Madaba Greek Orthodox Church Interior
Famous Madaba Map of the Holy Land; probably dating from AD 527-65, found in 1884, shows 6th Century Jerusalem
More of the Madaba Map
St. George's Church is filled with Mosaic Artworks - Jesus
Virgin Mary Mosaic
Madaba St. George's Greek Orthodox Church at Night
Along the King's Highway - stack of rocks in the middle of nowhere!
Lunch stop along the King's Highway ... Watch where you walk - it's slippery!
Families coming to the “high country” for a play in the snow
Snowman ... kids have been here :)
We finally arrive at Wadi Musa
Valley Stars Hotel
Petra Visitors Center
Think we'll see Indiana Jones?
The Siq - entrance to Petra, built in 3BC by the Nabateans
The Siq - water channels
Finally, a glimpse of “The Treasury” !!!
The Treasury - larger than life
Path up to the “High Place of Sacrifice”
The Royal Tombs
The Cardo - Petra's main street
The climb begins ... 800 steps up to The Monastery
The looking back over Petra
Loren & Sue -WOW ... what a view!
Are we there yet?
We made it to The Monastery!
More views ahead
Overlooking the Jordan Valley, Israel & Syria
Sue had to add her own “cairn” to the landscape
Heading back down
Stop for tea & chat with Minal, 18 year old Bedouin girl
Minal and her little sister
The old and the new co-exist
Last view of the Treasury as we head out
Wadi Musa overlooks Petra Valley
Blue sky, but there is still snow!
Shobak Crusader Castle
Kerak Crusader Castle overlooking the town
Kerak Castle, built in 1142AD by the Crusaders
Much of Kerak Castle lies below ground
Hallways leading to sleeping rooms, stables, and even kitchens below ground
Can you imagine ... signs for Saudi Arabia & Yemen!
Wadi Al Mujib - Jordan's “Grand Canyon” ... 1000m deep gorge
Our last evening in Jordan
Dinner with Eastern Michigan University Alum Mohammad
Mt. Nebo - from here, Moses saw the “Promised Land”
View of “The Promised Land” from Mt. Nebo
The Jordan river today
A large spring & stone pool probably used for baptisms during the Byzantine period
Getting close to the Jordan River
I've really got my hand in THE Jordan River!
The 'bulrushes' along the waters edge
A Bedouin enclave
Saying good-bye to our guide for the morning
Good-bye Jordan ... Hello Israel