Favorite thing: Beside the Ruins of the Jerash Decapolis, which is the maint tourist attraction of Jerash, the buidlings around the decapolis are well preserved and that the City has a multi-cultural population as waves of palestinian, syrian, circassian, iraqi people came and settled to Jerash and you will see these influences when you walk by the city and see restaurants, commercial establishments, shops around. The modern city of Jerash can be found to the east of the ruins. While the old and new Jerah share a city wall.
Fondest memory: Old and new Jerash Side by side
- Road Trip
Contrasting Old & New
Favorite thing: The contrast between the Roman ruins of Gerasa and modern Jerash was quite striking. The modern part was built over the residential quarter of Roman Gerasa and is separated from the archaeological site by the Jerash River (ancient Chrysorhoas River). Because both banks of the river slope upwards, they have panoramic views of each other, thus making it easy for pictures to capture the juxtaposition. Attached are a few examples...
Landscape Around Jerash
Favorite thing: The landscape around Jerash is astonishingly Mediterranean, despite being fairly distant from its shores, and rather close to the desert. I was quite surprised to see how fertile and forested the hills were. They included olive groves and pine forests. Attached are a few photos of the terrain surrounding Jerash.
Hiring a Guide
Favorite thing: The site is not particularly well signposted, so it may be a good idea hiring a guide at the South Gate, unless you have one coming with you from Amman. After the tour is over, you will still have an opportunity to reflect on the history of the place in solitude – or take pictures. The guides were highly knowledgeable, especially in history of the place.
There seemed to be no set price, but we paid JOD 20 for the tour covering the most important sites, and the guide seemed quite satisfied with the arrangement. We certainly were!
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Jerash is a city of columns. Some Ionic, some Corinthian, some tall, some short, some capped, some not, some complete, some destroyed. But they are everywhere. They define the city, and frame it. They also frame the modern city of Jerash, whose classic Middle Eastern style looks all the more unusual for being viewed through the reference of ancient European architecture.
Guy in a Bear Suit.
Fondest memory: When I was having lunch at the Green Valley Restaurant I noticed this guy walking around in a bear suit to advertise his business. I was waiting for a Dave Letterman, "Can a guy in a bear suit..." I guess that it goes to show that this stupid promotion technique is universal.
Bagpipes in the South Theatre
Fondest memory: I'm about to enter the South Theatre when I hear a familiar sound of music. It was not what you would typically hear in the Middle East but it sounded like bagpipes. It was bagpipes! This Jordanian-Scottish quartet was playing "Scotland the Brave," and other traditional tunes. They were very good but completely unexpected.
The Bus Ride South!
Fondest memory: Jarash was amazing, as I mentioned earlier you could almost realize how it would have been 20 centurys ago there.
But I have to say my Fondest memory of Jarash was the bus journey south with the Arab women for company, giving us sweets and smiling and singing............It will remain with me for along time.