Following our simple meal we set of to explore the Roman city of Jerash. We had passed Hadrians Arch the day before, but, it was in such good condition that we had failed to realise it was the entrance to the Old Roman city, thinking that it was some kind of Victorian Folly!
The South Theatre built in 90 AD, has been extensively restored. It can seat over three thousand. As we arrived a Jordanian pipe band dressed in traditional dress, started to play a selection of tunes including ‘Scotland the brave’.
Once the chariot show was over, we drove our towards the town of Irbid, then on to Umm Qais.
The Roman town of Umm Qais is a lot smaller than Jerash. The main attraction being the Resthouse with its views over the Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee, the Yarmouk Gorge and the Golan Heights. We enjoyed a late lunch at the rest house, before descending into the Yarmouk Gorge and the sleepy village of Himmeh.
The drive along the lush and very picturesque gorge road was slow, and you are not permitted to take photos of the area. The Jordanian Military stop you at very frequent intervals and look at your passports and check your camera to ensure that you are not taking photos of the boarder.