Jerash, Irbid and Umm Qais

IMG_9471I know. You don’t hear from me for months and then two posts in one week. Hopefully, the pictures will make it worthwhile!

Our plan for this Eid break was to explore Jordan. Well, after lazing on the beach in Aqaba for 5 days, our motivation drained away until yesterday, around noon, when Lyman said “enough sitting around. Let’s go.” So, we jumped in the car and drove to Jerash (Andrew stayed home since he’d already been). Here are some pictures from the drive to Jerash:IMG_1986 IMG_1987 IMG_1989 IMG_2006IMG_0741The amazing thing about the drive was how dramatically the landscape changed as we went north. It quickly became hillier and greener. The pictures above don’t really capture the expansiveness of the green. The pine forests were almost jarring after the bleakness of the desert.

Jerash was well worth the drive. The ruins are stunning. No descriptions, just pictures for you to enjoy (if you want to read more about Jerash, click here):
IMG_9464 IMG_9466 IMG_9468 IMG_9470 IMG_9472 IMG_9473 IMG_9477 IMG_9478 IMG_9480 IMG_9481 IMG_9483 IMG_9484 IMG_9485 IMG_9486 IMG_9492 IMG_9493 IMG_9496 IMG_9497 IMG_9499 IMG_9501 IMG_9502 IMG_9503 IMG_2033 IMG_2037 IMG_2039From Jerash, we headed to Umm Qais via Irbid. The following two pictures are the outskirts of Irbid: IMG_0745 IMG_0747As is our way, we got lost going through Irbid. When we saw this sign, we knew we were on the wrong road…
IMG_0742Fortunately, Google maps came to the rescue (until we got too close to the border and the cell reception cut off) and sent us on some lovely back roads to Umm Qais (if you want to read more about Umm Qais, click here). IMG_0753 IMG_0757 IMG_0759 IMG_0761 IMG_0762 IMG_0766By the time we got to Umm Qais, we were exhausted and starving, so the first thing we did was take a shortcut through the ruins to the Umm Qais Resthouse. The views were stunning and the food was delicious. IMG_9513 IMG_9514

Interior of the restaurant:IMG_2048 IMG_2050

After lunch, we wandered around Umm Qais admiring the views of Israel, the Golan Heights, Syria, the Sea of Galilee and the ruins. We were pretty much the only non-Arabs and were surrounded by Palestinians looking at the homeland that they can’t visit. It was surreal and heartbreaking. IMG_9504 IMG_9506 IMG_9518 IMG_9519 IMG_9520 IMG_9521 IMG_9522 IMG_9523 IMG_9524 IMG_9525 IMG_9528 IMG_9529 IMG_9530 IMG_9531 IMG_9532 IMG_9533 IMG_9534 IMG_9535 IMG_9536 IMG_0772

And, what would a post from me be without a picture of the back of a truck?

IMG_2053Hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures and traveling along with us.

xo from Jordan

2 thoughts on “Jerash, Irbid and Umm Qais

  1. Rachel,
    Hope you can come see us in NM sometime. The landscape has many similarities. Not as many camels but much wild life. Thanks for the tour. Glad you are doing well.
    Carlos

  2. You are most certainly not in Kansas anymore.
    Vast majority of leaves have fallen and stick season is upon us.
    You pix are amazing. Kisses to all your boyz and the crack puppies.
    Miss you as always,
    Marita

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