6 – 12 November 2009

Aljoun, with a castle built by Saladin’s nephew, and Kerak, a Crusader fort; Um Qais, one of the Roman “Decapolis” and Amman, a modern city with a rich past; the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World; Mount Nebo, burial place of Moses, and Bethany, where John baptized Jesus; there’s a lot to discover in Jordan.  For a week, a group of Friends of the DAI traveled the country doing just that.

Trying to cover more than 2.5 millennia in 7 days is a challenge.  Their trip started and ended in Amman, with visits to the archeological and folk museums and a trip to Bethany.  A stop and go trip to the Dead Sea included visits to Um Qais, the Al-Rabad Castle in Aljoun, and the Roman city of Jerash.  A similar trip to Petra featured stops to see the famous mosaics of Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Kerak.

Friends got to spend an entire day in Jordan’s Rose City.  Beautiful Petra was carved from sandstone in shades of beige, orange, red and purple in the 6th century BC.  After Petra, it was back to Amman for one last look around before returning to Kuwait.