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Romantic dinner in Amman
Roger orders a very nice bottle of Spanish vino rojo which we leisurely enjoy as we ponder what the week’s excursion through Jordan will bring!
This is one of the more remote historical sites, we have the place almost to ourselves. We see only a couple at the restaurant and a group of five Iraqi men we encounter on the cardo, the main colonnaded street. This merry band, in the tradition of world travelers inquires, “We are from Iraq. Where are you from?” At the response, “America,” contemplating the current Iraqi/USA strife, they quickly qualify themselves, “We are the good ones. We are with Save the Children. Click, Click – they take a photo with us and quickly scurry on.
We look for the Umm Qais Rest-House at which Rasheeb, our guide, suggests we enjoy a restful lunch. As we don’t see anything but the ruins, we are a bit perplexed as to where this highly recommended restaurant would be.
Roger discovers a massive set of stone steps leading to what looks like a patio, “The restaurant must be at the top of the steps. You will never make it. Perhaps we should go back to car and have Rasheeb find us another place to eat.” Yes, the enormity of steps is daunting for my knees, but I am determined to savor every experience. Gallant Roger patiently helps me climb these formidable stone tiers. Time for lunch!
Breathlessly reaching the top, it is abundantly clear that it was worth the effort. We are stunned by the spectacular views of Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Off in the other direction, we see the city's ruins and the main cordo that disappears into the horizon.