Amman, capital of Jordan with a population of 1.7 million. Originally built over seven hills, the main areas of Amman are known by the name of the hill 'jebel' on which they are built.
In a treasure trove in Amman
Bedouin style dresses, most cost around 25JD around $40.
Amman, outside the Roman amphitheatre. There's a large poster of King Abdullah in uniform in the centre of the photo. There were posters of the king throughout Jordan, often next to photos of his late father King Hussein.
The colonade outside the amphitheatre in Amman.
The colonade outside the Roman amphitheatre in Amman.
Countryside between Amman and Jerash. After the desert of Dubai seeing green grass again was quite a change. There are no fences dividing the land into paddocks, there's just acres of grass.
Countryside between Amman and Jerash.
Hadrian's Gate at Jerash. Jerash is mentioned in the Bible as Gerasa.
Looking from the Hippodrome up towards more of the ruins and the hills beyond. The whole area was so "Biblical" I wouldn't have been surprised to see Moses emerge from the forest.
A butcher's shop near Jerash with the 'future contents' standing outside.
The forum at Jerash. Its 90m long and 80m wide at its widest point and it was mainly used as a market place.
A few of the columns at the forum. There are 56 in total.
There is a high profile security presence throughout Jordan. I like this shot because in the past there would have been Roman legionnaires walking in exactly the same place as these two modern-day soldiers.
From the Temple of Zeus looking back at the columns of the Forum.
A piece of a fallen column near the Temple.
Bagpipes and drum trio. They played Arabic music then launched into "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" with a masmoudi rhythm followed by "Scotland the Brave". Loved it!
In the Middle East wherever there's music there's a 100% chance of an outbreak of dancing. A visiting school group started an impromptu debke. Notice the mum in the middle in full hijab and burqa having a dance with her son. Kwaies Kateer (very good)!
Looking down from 'the Gods' in the amphitheatre. Even from up here the acoustics were so good that I could hear everything quite clearly.
Looking down at the forum in Jerash. The modern town of Jerash is in the background.
Part of an inscription. They used Greek as it was the 'classy' language at the time.
Pillars at the Temple of Zeus
Vale! See I do remember something from 2 years of Latin with Miss Paterson at AGGS. The actor who plays the Roman governor at the recreation performance with one of the gladiators in the background.
The brochure says, "Do not ask to handle the weapons, it is not allowed" Yeh, right hehehe!
And they're off! Chariot racing at the Hippodrome.
The gladiators ready for battle. All the participants are members of the Jordanian Army or Police.