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Winter break, Jordan - Petra - 15 December 2007

Tourist office at the entrance to Petra
The start of the visit
Tomb of the Obelisks and Tomb of the Triclinium
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Petra! Remember the movies 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' and 'The Mummy Returns' - they were filmed here. The name 'Petra' is derived from the Greek word meaning 'rock'. Petra is a rocky plateau surrounded by sandy plains. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans, an industrious Arab people who settled in Jordan more than 2000 years ago. They dominated trade routes of ancient Arabia, levying tolls and sheltering caravans. Ultimately, however, the Romans annexed Petra.

To explore Petra fully will take 3 days. You will have to stay in Petra. What we managed to see and visit is only a small part of Petra. From the entrance of the Siq to the 'Khazana' (Treasury) alone, made famous by the Indiana Jones movie, is at least 1.2 km. There is a shrine (makam) for Prophet Haron (Aaron) high atop Mount Aaron.

(More photos under construction!)

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Winter break, Jordan - Wadi Mousa - 15 December 2007

The rock where Prophet Mousa struck his staff
Aideit taking water from the source
The source of water - under the rock - its clear and clean
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Spring of Prophet Mousa (Mosses) at Wadi Mousa. It was reported that Prophet Mousa struck a sand-rock with his staff and it sprang water, ever since. The water is clear and clean, even though it looks 'dark' in the photographs as the base of the source is dark stone and pebbles (it may be basalt rocks [volcanic in origin]) We drank the water and brought some back to Amman. The water remained cool and refreshing for days.

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Winter break, Jordan - On the way north - 16 December 2007

We stop by a roadside stall on the way north to visit Umm Qays, Ajloun and Jarash, passing through Irbid and Yarmouk. The scenes in the photographs are of orchards/farmlands in the valley; growing oranges, apples, grapes, olives and tea.

We passed through Irbid, Jordan's 2nd largest city with a large university, Irbid University. In Yarmouk, we passed the area of the Battle of Yarmouk, where the Muslims led by Khalid ibn Al Walid were victorious against the Byzantine. Khalid ibn Al Walid later went on to conquer Al Sham (modern day, Syria) and establish an Islamic government and administration in Al Sham.

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Winter break, Jordan - Umm Qays - 16 December 2007

The entrance to Umm Qays
The city walls
Traditional Welcoming Drink - Hot tea
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Umm Qays (known as Gadara in Roman times), city of 'new Athens', as called by a Roman poet. Umm Qays was built by the Romans and was known as a cultural centre and, home to Roman poets and philosophers. Umm Qays, Jarash and Amman were once Roman Decapolis cities.

Umm Qays is perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking Jordan Valley and Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) and, Golan Heights, Syria.

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Winter break, Jordan - View from Umm Qays - 16 December 2007

Palestine and Lake Tiberias (occupied)
Another view of Palestine and Lake Tiberias
Golan Heights, Syria (occupied) - note fertile land
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Panaromic view from the hilltop of Umm Qays: Palestine and the fresh water lake, Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) - now occupied territory and, Golan Heights - occupied territory - Syria.

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