Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 - Jordan Day 3 (Jerash, Umm Quays, Aljoun)

Thursday May 10, 2018. Today, we wake up to drive to Umm Qais (or Umm Qays) first, Ajloun and then Jeresh before heading back to the hotel.

Day 3 overview.
We woke up early this morning (6:00am) so that we would be able to hit all 3 places today. Breakfast was the same, no changes to the menu. We ended up leaving at around 7:15am after breakfast and getting prepared for the day.

Toledo Hotel breakfast.
Arrived at Umm Qais around 9:30am or so and we stayed for about 1.5 hours. The amount of time is dependent on how much you like wandering around the ruins and if you have a clear sky. Unfortunately for us it was hazy, but if it is clear, you are supposed to be able to see the surrounding area (Syria, Lebanon, and Israel). It is most notable for the black columns which are part of Roman Ruins.

Umm Qais
On the way to Ajloun, we stopped at a random lunch stop on the way there which was on the side of the road. It was 1 JD for a shawarma and it was actually pretty good! It had a very different type of crepe exterior that I am not familiar with.

We arrived at Ajloun at 1:00pm, a castle which is atop of hill that gives it great views of the surrounding area. It is fairly large, you can wander it yourself or have a guide provide you with some information about the building's history. There is a parking lot at the base of the castle, or you can try to park closer to the top but has no clear parking spaces. We were here for almost an hour.

Ajloun Castle
Ajloun Castle
Arrived at Jeresh at 2:30pm, our last stop of the day, and was the largest set of ruins today and I enjoyed it the most due to what you can see. The place was really large and the entrance oval that you see at the beginning was just stunning. There are many things to see here and you can spend a lot of time depending on what you like to take pictures of. Note, none of the ruins are covered, so if it is a hot day, prepare yourself. We finished at 4:30pm.

Jeresh
Jeresh
Jeresh
Jeresh
Made it back to the hotel at 5:30pm where we rested until later that evening. We were too tired to head out again that day, so we decided to have dinner at the hotel which is a buffet that cost us 10 JD per person.

Toledo Hotel dinner buffet
Toledo Hotel dinner buffet
After checking the menu, we realized that it isn't that much more for the buffet versus a la carte, so we decided to do buffet. The food was okay, really liked the beef and the biryani they have.

Tomorrow, we visit the desert castles!