Cindy Larkin's birthday!
Up at 5:05, we put the luggage out in the hall at 6 am. After a quick breakfast at the hotel, we boarded the bus about 7:15 am.
It was a long five hour drive back to Amman on the desert highway. When we got there, we did a very short driving tour of the old part of Amman. I was surprised how hilly that the city is.
We made a quick stop at the Roman Amphitheater in Amman. The theater was built in the 2nd century AD during the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. It has a capacity of over 6,000 people.
We continued to Jerash and had a lunch stop at a Lebanese Restaurant. After lunch, we had a Viking led excursion of the nearby Roman City at Jerash.
Jerash was originally founded by the Greeks in the 4th century BC, but it flourished under Roman rule from the 1st to the 3rd centuries AD. During this time, Jerash was a major trading center on the Silk Road. It was home to a population of over 20,000 people.
The city has many well-preserved Roman ruins, including:
- Hadrian's Gate: This monumental gate was built to commemorate the visit of the Roman emperor Hadrian in 129 AD [pic #2].
- South Theater: This theater was used for performances and public gatherings. It has a capacity of over 6,000 people [pic #3].
- Temple of Zeus: This temple was dedicated to the Greek god Zeus. It is the tallest temple in Jerash and offers stunning views of the city [pic #4].
- Temple of Artemis: This temple was dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis. It is one of the largest and best-preserved temples in Jerash [pic $5].
- Hippodrome: This hippodrome was used for chariot races and other sporting events. It is one of the largest and best-preserved hippodromes in the world.
The Heringers, Larkins, Gainsleys and Leclaires had dinner together on our last night at the Mesh Restaurant in the hotel. I had an Ahi Poke Bowl and a Spicy Tuna Roll. The eight of us got along extremely well on the trip. I enjoyed getting to know the Leclaires.
With a very early start for home tomorrow, Sharon and I crashed about 930 pm.