zaterdag 31 oktober 2009

Here we are in front of one of the most beautiful pagoda's of Bagan. Inside the pagoda you find at least 4 big statues of Buddha.

In the pagoda's, temples, etc. you have to take off your shoes. And to keep it simple you walk on flipflaps.

Because it is very hot and so are the tiles and stones we have to walk on, inside you take your time but outside, certainly when it is later on the day, you look for shadow or walk faster.

We are now in Myanmar for the third day.
It was not possible to make here in Myanmar a connection to my blog, so I thought I make this text and add that later to the blog.
We arrived in Yangon (from Bangkok) in the evening of the 25th.
Customs was (other than expected) no trouble at all and we were met by a guide from our touroperater at the bagageclaim.
All (almost all) Burmese men wear a long skirt (the Longhi) and most women put a paste on their faces (tanaka) to keep cool, to
whiten the skin and maybe for other reasons which I don't know.
We were brought to our hotel, The Thamada hotel, somewhere in Yangon.
It was already late in the evening but it was still stifling hot.
Because it was already dark we could'nt see much, but there was not much trafic, not many lanterns in the streets, but "enough"
people to see. Practicly all the cars and busses are very old, we saw.
The first evening we already found out that Myanmar is a poor country.
On the way to our hotel we saw a very large golden pagoda (From some old century), one of the highlights of Yangon.

After a drink and some food in the restaurant of the hotel we went to bed because of the heat we were tired and we had to rise early for our flight from Yangon to Bagan,
our destination.
We slept well, the room and bathroom were OK and after an early breakfast (which was good) we went to the airport with a taxi.
Everything went well and with a plane with propellers, we flew to Bagan.
In the entrancehall of the airport everybody's temperature was measured.My temperature was 35.2 according to some apparatus which they put in everybody's ear, and the in- and outside temperature must have been at least 30 Celsius or so (a little miracle).

We were met by our guide who appeared to be a really nice guy. He knows lots about the Burmese history and is fun to be with.
The first two days we visited all sorts of stupa's, temples and pagoda's. There are almost 5000 religious buildings in a rather small area (which is calles old Bagan).
Everywhere you look you see temples and pagoda's. It is awesome!!
The buildings date mostly from the 10th till the 12th century.
We were driven around in a horsecar, the driver and me in the front and Ankie and our guide in the back.
It does not go fast and so we had ample time to look around and visit each temple or whatever we wished to see.
Almost every temple and pagoda has images of the Buddha in it from small (a few feet or so) to really large like ten meters high or (lying Buddha's) like 30 meters long.
Most are guilded and others in the colours white (the face) and red (the rest of the Buddha).
You are only allowed on your bare feet in the religious buildings.

Apart from lots of religious buildings we visited holy Mount Popa (with a beautiful Monastery on the top), a village (no electricity but they got water) with houses on poles (almost everywhere) with in the yard cows, pigs, cats, dogs, burmese scrawny chickens, a horse here and there, mostly young children and women.
Furthermore we saw how lackerware is made (when made well it takes some 8 months to finish one piece from woven bamboo -or woven horsehair- till the endproduct: all sorts of pots and pans and boxes and tables, etc).
We were on a village market (flowers, vegetables, all sorts of meats -with lots of flies for free-, eggs, clothing, kitchen utensils), well you name it and they sell it.
Very interesting compared to our markets in Holland.
We also were in a sugarcane "factory" with a mill propelled by a buffalo, with tables (with the sugar on it) with legs in pots with some liquid to keep ants and termites away.

Trafic in Burma is relaxed.
About once in 10 minutes you see another car. The roads are bad. keeps the speed low and since there are all kinds of people on the road with bicycles, old wagons, horse drawn carts and sheep and cows and goats you have all the time in the world to look at it.
For the ordinary Burmese a car is much and much to expensive, apart form the problem to get permission to buy a car of you could afford one.

This afternoon we went for a boatride on the Irrawaddy river (the river Maas is only small compared to this river).
It is a little bit cooler on the water. The guide had brought beer and the vieuws were spectacular because the sun was setting.
We could see lots of pagoda's from the river, it was very quiet and relaxing.

The food is OK here but I must admit that we didn't eat real burmese food.
You can get for example a chickensandwich, chinese food (is OK), thai food and of course burmese food.
Everyday we have a nice breakfast with bread, fresh fruitjuice, coffee, tea, butter, marmelade, eggs, ham, etc.
Beer tastes like ours. Bottled water you can get everywhere.

The people are very nice and friendly.
Although you find almost everywhere people (from - sometimes very- young to old) who want to sell lackerware, t-shirts, shirts, buddha's, woodwork, etc. etc. they
are friendly, they behave well and they remain friendly even if you buy nothing. They laugh a lot and seem happy.

The service in the hotels is very good. It was the same in Bangkok. They open doors for you, they bow, the wish you good day, and so on and so on.
In Holland the people in hotels and restaurants all should go at least for one week to Myanmar to see what service means.
Everything is well maintained and shines in the sunlight.

This is it for the first three days in Myanmar.
A few days we were driven around in a horsecart.
The horse was a little skinny but the owner said the horse was OK. So, even the horse was happy!!
In the left side you see our guide at the time.
He is called Aung (just like Aung Si Suu Kye or so) because he was born on a certain day of the week.
Practicly all men wear a "longyi" pronounced as "long jee". Only younger people in the cities wear jeans.
In the background you see one of the minor pagoda's.

Uitzicht vanaf onze kamer

Dit is een wat fletse foto van het uitzicht vanuit onze kamer over de Ayerwady rivier.
Aan de overzijde is een gouden pagode te zien.
's-Avonds was 'ie verlicht.
Zoals te zien is, is de rivier heel erg breed.
Overdag zijn vissers bezig in kleine bootjes met het vangen met netten.

vrijdag 30 oktober 2009

After Myanmar

Today is 31. October
The last so many days we were in Myanmar.
I was not able to do something with my blog overthere because " access denied" .
Has probably to do with the military bloc everything they think is bad for their position.
People in Myanmar don' t talk about the political situation or they do it very secretly.
We found out that everything is OK for the Burmese as long as they do what they are told to.

On my own computer I already made text for this blog but it is not possible, today on the airport of Bangkok, to hook it on to their internetsystem.
After we are in Siem Reap (Cambodia) we hope to make a new add to my blog on our own computer, WITH pictures.
About the pictures: we made a lot of Bagan, which is the place where during the 10th. till the 13th. century, lifestandard is high (for those days) because of being able to crop rice twice a year and so make lots of dough (money or whatever they had at the time).
We both (Ankie and I) enjoyed our stay in Bagan very, very much. Very good choice.
It was awesome bcause of:

- the friendly people (especiall our guide was a great guy)
- we were driven around in a horsecart which was nice
- the views on the Irrawady-river (we had a sort of bungalow with river-view)
- a rivertrip we made one day at sunset (beautiful)
- all the stupa' s, pagodas, temples, monastries, etc. etc. you can see, visit and get in and on.
In 16 square miles there are almost 5000 buildings, big and small)
- not many tourists (because of the situation overthere; for us very nice, but not for them)
- very good food and drinks
- very good service everywhere
- monks everywhere (beats the South of Limburg)
- etc.

The weather was hot but...........we don't complain (it's the time of year and its warm overthere all year anyway).

Yesterday afternoon we visited a well known market in Rangoon.
Rangoon is nowadays Yangon because new government means new rules and, in Burma, new names too and a new Capital city and a new university - kilometers outside Rangoon - so students can't riot in the big city.
Even the largest river (The Irrewady) has got a new name : Ayeryewady.
The market - a covered one - sells almost everything from woven materials to sweets, from flowers to gems (Myanmar has lots of gems like rubies, saphires, amethist, etc.), wooden souvenirs to food (amongst - of which I have some dark pictures - deep fried cockroaches*).
When we were there the light fell out and the whole place turned very dark.

* people love them in Myanmar.

In the afternoon we visited the Dwe Dagon Pagode (a huge golden one) with lots of Buddha statues (hundreds and hundreds or not thousands) in all forms, designs, large and small.
We were there for more than two hours and we would not have missed this for whatever.

When we came back in our hotel there was no water and that was rather shitty because we wanted to shower of course.

In a few hours we fly to Siem Reap (Cambodia) to visit Angkor Wat (The temple of Angkor).

All is well here and warm.
Till the next time.

zondag 25 oktober 2009

Back to Jerash

A week ago we were in Jordan. The first day we visited the city of Jerash. It is known for its roman arheological diggings. On e of the marvels of this site is a large square with pillars on the side.

Ankie made this movie of the square.

On our way to the floating market

On the way to the floating market Ankie made this movie.

zaterdag 24 oktober 2009

Here you see Ankie on a small bridge near the fish nursery. The bridge is small but not too small.

Elepant riding

On the way back from the floating market we stopped for "elepant riding".
You could ride an an elepant, visit a fishnursery,
watch monkeys getting coconuts out of the palmtrees and see thai buffalo's.
Very !! interesting.

Another picture of the floating market.

"The floating market"

Lots of small boats with people selling food, souvenirs, clothing, sweets, drinks, etc.

Bangkok Floating Market

Yeasterday we visited the floating market of Bangkok.
It took us some 75 KM's to get there by minivan. I doubt wether it was THE floating market but there were lots of canals (Khlongs) with al kinds of boats and houses along the canals.

The whole trip was one circus of trying to sell us everything we could wish:
- elephant rides
- teak furniture
- souvenirs
- etc.

Last day in Bangkok

25th. Octobre 2009

We have been a few days in Bangkok.
The hotel is very good. Breakfast was a feast, every day.

In the neighbourhood of our hotel there are many small businesses like foot-massageshops (many westerners go there and Ankie did so too), restaurants, internet cafes, hairdressers, supermarkets, pharmacies, etc. etc. etc.
Furthermore there are hundreds of small stands on the sides of the streets selling all you want.

A few streets behind our hotel you can have massages with happy end in at least ten clubs in a row.
I must admit the girls look ravishing and lots of single men think so too.
Many guys walking around with thai-girls.
The restaurant we went to is some kind of meetingplace.
Girls and men come alone and some time later you see them leave, together.

The hotel lies rather near three very large shopping malls (Chidlom, Zen and Central World).

We have reconned the surroundings of the hotel. Of all the people you meet in the street at least one of the two has something for sale like:
- food (al kinds of cold and hot food, meat, fruit, drinks, sweets, etc.)
- toys
- maps
- clothing
- jewelery
- T-shirts
- souvenirs
- you name it and they sell it.

We had three times dinner in the same restaurant* because the food was OK there.
* Gullivers restaurant is only one 100 meters from the hotel.
Although it should rain every day for at least a few hours, we were lucky and did not get any rain
when we were outside.
The weather is very hot and humid though but we managed (had to wash our clothing every day).

It is now 13.30 and we will be taken from the hotel to the airport around 15.00 hours.
We fly to Yangon about 18.00 hours.

vrijdag 23 oktober 2009

Angkor Wat

In one of the temples there was a "small" replica of the largest temple in Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
We will be there (Deo volente or insh'Allah or so) in a week.
You can see here what we are up to.

The temple of the walking Buddha

One of the temples we visited was the temple of the walking Buddha. Usually the Buddha's sit, lie down, stand or sit being very fat (lots of Chinese Buddha's are fat).
A walking Buddha is seldom seen, so...........................................
here he is.
As far as I can see it is just a standing Buddha with his legs apart.

As with almost every Palace, it is guarded by soldiers.

This one didn't want to look up, because he didn't want to be photographed. I had to bend my knees to look under his helmet. It seemed he was asleep.

In the temple of the golden Buddha there are lots a stuppa's. The stupa on the left resembles one of Shri Lanka.

The stupa on the right hand side has the typical form of a Thai stupa.

Ankies legs

I made a small mistake. Ankies legs were in the last picture.

Ankie (partly without legs) in a small gate in the temple of the large golden Buddha.

She looks happy and she is!!

This is one part of the "paintings" in one of the temples. Lots of temples have these sort of paintings made umongst other materials from silver and gold.

The painting shows a king. The monkeys are his army and the bigger the army of monkeys the better for the king.

The official Royal palace.

This palace is not really old (only 180 years or so) and it is only used for official purposes.

The king and his family live in some other palace and even there the king lives not there (here they hope only temporarely) because he is in hospital.

The king is 83 and rather ill.

We wish him good health and whatever.

The large golden Buddha.

In all the temples there are monks and every time they make a great picture.
On this picture you see chinese statues and they are just for decoration.
To be allowed in a temple you have to take off your shoes.

Today we went to three different places.

The Royal Palace (King Bhumipol's official Palace), the temple of the walking Buddha end some other temples.

In the last templecomplex there were lots of Stupa's, lots of buildings with buddha's in it and lots of praying people.

There is also a large golden Buddha (see the picture of the last message on this blog) which is so long that it is almost not possible to get it in one picture except on a picture taken from the feet to the head.


Yesterday we arrived in Bangkok from Amman.
The flight was uneventfull and we landed right on time.
A guide was waiting for us and brought us to our hotel. The hotel lies in the middle of an area with lots of small shops, so there is lots to see.
We walked around for a few hours and lost our way now and then. Ankie went for a footmassage and I read something (The new Dan Brown and I don't like it because it is too unreal).

We ate in a nice restaurant (Gullivers Tavern) and the food was good.
We went to bed èarly because we suffered a little from jetlag and because we flew during the night we were tired (moreless).

woensdag 21 oktober 2009

Women in Jordan practicly always wear a shawl.

The more religious ones wear a niqaab. Here you see one and she looks very happy. It was very difficult to photograph women because this is not allowed for religious reasons.

If they see you trying to make a picture they turn around so you don't see there faces or what you could see of them.

In the middle of Amman there is a part called "Al Balad". It is, as far as I know, the oldest part of Amman. You can see here a Roman theatre, bigger than the one in Jerash (see a few days ago), the Al Husseini Mosq with two minarets and all sorts of shops. Like in other eastern cities, the same craftsmen are next to each other.

There is a part (of a large street) with all the shops which sell charcoal or jewellery or ladies dresses or books or whatever.

Ankie in front of a jeweller in Amman.

Today we were in Amman.
The city is busy and looks like other eastern cities.
For instance Delhi came up again and again in our minds.

The last picture and this one we made on our trip from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea.
On this picture you can see (barely) the Dead Sea in the right hand topcorner.
It was very hot so the picture could'nt be sharper than this.

On the way from Wadi Rum we passed a medieval castle in a place called El Karak. It is a former place on the Silk Road. It is known too for its role in the history of Jordan, during the crusades.
No crusaders today.

Wadi Rum, Dead Sea and Amman

Yesterday we could'nt upload any photo's so this is one (today is the 21st. Octobre) from yesterday: a picture of the desert in Wadi Rum.
As you can see, nothing grows there and there is no sign (no tracks) of animals except of birds.
Somewhere right from the middle you can see Ankie (I hope).

dinsdag 20 oktober 2009

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum
A national reserve.
The south Jordan desert.
We walked about three hours and it was beautiful. was hot and as a matter of fact too hot for a walk and we did it anyway.

Van Wadi Rum, via Karak en de Dode Zee naar Amman.

On Octobre 20th. we travelled from Wadi Rum (a fter a goodnight sleep* and a good breakfast) via Karak and the Dead Sea to Amman.
When we went to bed it was still (I think) 25 degrees C.
During the night the temperature decreased at least with 15 degrees.
So we slept very well.
The next morning we drove to Al Karak, a medieval city with a huge castle.
From Karak we drove to the Dead Sea.
The landscape is fantastic (Sorry, no pictures today; you will have to wait till the next time).
Not far from Karak you can see the Dead Sea on the horizon.
We drove from south to north along the road on the eastside of the Dead Sea.
Although it was very hazy, we could see Israel.
On our side of the sea there were lots of control posts of the Jordan army.

In the north part of the seaside there is lots of construction of hotels and restaurants.
They call it Ammanbeach.
In one of these new restaurants we had our lunch with a vieuw on the Dead Sea.

Now we are back in Amman.
Tomorrow we will visit this city.

maandag 19 oktober 2009

Pirates of the Caribbean

A day or so ago I promised to prove the link between India Jones and the Last Crusade and Pirates of the Caribbean with Captain Jack Spoarrow (Johnny Depp) , here in Petra.
Well look here, Johnny Depp excersising on a camel for the next movie: Pirates in Petra.
Keep this information confidential plaese; I promised to tell nobody.

Petra and surroundings

Behind the gorge, in which you can see "The Treasury" there is a large valley with lots of buildings, carved in the sides of the valley and in the middle. There is romanlike theatre, there are roads just like in Jerash (paved roads with pillars on the side), a large fort, lots of tombes, etc.

The inside of the gorge.

I'll write from now on in english so the Indian, American, Canadian and German relatievs can read too.

Reaching the end of the gorge there is the spectacular vieuw of the worldfamous building called "The Treasury".

It is believed to be 2000 years old. Probably a tombe for one of the Nabatean Kings.

The Nabateans were the people who carved the buildings out of solid rock in the gorge and the rocks in the valley behind it.

In this building in the movie "Indiana Jones and the last Crusade" Indy finds the holy grail.

To see the building for the first time is really awesome.

Een mooi voorbeeld van de "Siq", de nauwe doorgang tussen de rotsen naar de eeuwenoude stad Petra.

A nice example of the gorge (called the "Siq") leading to\the old town of Petra.

Je kunt je laten vervoeren door paarden (en wagen) en als het niet waait (dat was de eerste dag het geval) dan stinkt het er verschrikkelijk naar paardenpoep. 't Is maar dat je bent gewaarschuwd.

You could chose to take a horseride through the gorge but, when there is no wind, the horseshit stinks terrible.

Foto's Petra

Het is vandaag 19 oktober 2009.
Gisteren waren we in Petra, maar even zonder foto's.
Nu zitten we in the middle of nowhere in een bedoeinentent MET (!) wireless internetverbinding.

Een foto van de tent, waarin we vannacht slapen (hoop ik) zie je zo direct op het blog.
Eerst laad ik een aantal foto's op van Petra.

Today is Octobre 19th.
Yesterday we were in Petra of which we now have the photo's.
We are right now in the middle of nowhere in the Wadi Rum desert in a bedouintent WITH (!!)wireless internet connection.

zondag 18 oktober 2009

De schatkamer in Petra

Toch nog weer een foto gevonden van de mooiste tempel van Petra (De Schatkamer).

Die krijgen jullie dus toch nog even te zien.

Petra in Jordanie

Het hoofddoel van dit onderdeel van onze reis in Jordanie is Petra.
Gisteren en vandaag hebben we de beroemde bouwsels in Petra bekeken. Hoewel het bloedheet was (en is) zijn we twee keer wezen kijken, in verschillende kleurstellingen van 's-morgens en 's-middags (ziet het er ineens toch anders uit) net als de Taj Mahal in Agra.
Dat betekent veel lopen en klimmen maar het is wel heel erg de moeite waard.
Het is eigenlijk een combinatie van "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" en "Pirates of the Caribbean".
Kan ik nu niet goed uitleggen want we hebben even geen foto's (nu in een internet cafe waar we geen foto's kunnen opladen) maar zodra we wel foto's kunnen opladen dan begrijpt de lezer(es) wel waar het om gaat.
In ieder geval een wereldwonder, de eerste grote tempel in Petra, iets van 40 meter breed en even hoog.
Je weet niet wat je ziet en dan te bedenken dat de vele tempels, theaters, tombes, forten, etc. allemaal zo'n 2000 a 1600 jaar geleden zijn uitgehakt in de rotsen.
De irrigatiekanalen van 2000 jaar geleden zijn voor een groot deel nog intact.

We doen dit allemaal op een jordaanse (arabische) computer en het is een wonder dat dit allemaal werkt. Je moet wel van rechts naar links moeilijke dingen doen en de computer is wel een beetje oud, maar ja, who gives a shit. Het werkt zowaar.

We zitten in een appartement aan de rand van Petra, op een heuvel eigenlijk (Petra ligt in een soort vallei) en hebben een prachtig uitzicht over de stad. 's-Avonds is het uitzicht ook prachtig door alle lichtjes in de stad.
Een goed adres: Chez Seta.
Mohamed (hij schrijft het met een "m") vraagt elke keer waarmee hij ons kan helpen.

Overdag om de twee a drie uur gaan de luidsprekers van de moskeeen (weer geen trema's vandaag) op "hard" en dat met z'n allen doorelkaar. 's-Morgens om 6 uur (of misschien nog wel vroeger) begint het feest al.
Wel wennen maar wij hebben weer kerkklokken in Nederland en die maken ook lawaai.

We drinken zo'n drie liter water per dag en hoeven niet veel te plassen.
Het eten is OK. We hebben al twee avonden lekker gegeten en vanavond vond ik zowaar een (lauw) biertje voor maar (omgerekend) 7 Euris.
Mika zou het hier leuk vinden want ze hebben een soort pannekoeken als brood.

We maken onze eigen lunch en dat kost dan omgerekend 3 Euris.

Zo, dit was het weer even.
Morgen gaan we de echte woestijn in (Wadi Rum = wereldbekend in Jordanie) en daar is hoogstwaarschijnlijk geen internet, maar we zullen zien.
Wifi lijkt hier onbekend maar je ziet hier wel (weer heel iets anders) veel vrouwen in het zwart met Niqaab (of zo); een spleetje voor de ogen om te kunnen zien en verder zie je helemaal niets; het kunnen net zo goed mannen zijn maar die lopen liever in een lange witte jurk met een theedoek op hun hoofd.

Qua souvernirs is het hier ongeveer hetzelfde als in India: spiegeltjes, kralen, shawls, tapijten, T-shirts, potjes en pannetjes en alle shit die ze in Taiwan en China samen kunnen verzinnen.

Gelukkig kunnen we niets kopen omdat we het niet mee kunnen nemen.

We zijn nog niet ziek (wonderen bestaan nog).

Zo direct de koffers pakken voor morgen, morgen betalen en dan op naar Wadi Rum (heeft niets met alcohol te maken, vrees ik).

Weer groenten uit een zonovergoten Petra.

vrijdag 16 oktober 2009


De dikke man op een van de laatste foto's is een trommelaar die in een van de romeinse theaters een paar centen probeert bij te verdienen. Hij is trommelaar.
De andere foto is die van de romeinse paardenraces.
En....................het is dus gelukt met onze eigen foto's.

De volgende keer weer meer nieuws uit Jordanie.
We hebben geen trema's.

Truuk geluuk???

Eerst ging het niet en nu misschien wel op onze eigen laptop.

Ik moest nog even kwijt dat we een heel goede B&B hebben gevonden in Amman (Marj al Haman) genaamd "Sherina".

Ga je nog een keertje naar Amman, dan kun je hier goed logeren én de eigenares is Nederlandse en dat is in een arabisch land wel heel gemakkelijk.

Nu nog een paar eigen gemaakte foto's er bij.

Foutje, bedankt

Om de een of andere duistere reden zit er heeeeeel veel ruimte tussen de regels in mijn vorige bericht.
De volgende keer zal ik daar op letten.

Warm, warm, warm. Jerash en Aljun

Heden, 16 oktober 2009, is onze wereldreis in Jordanie begonnen.

Gisteren waren we weliswaar al in Amman aangekomen (Amman International Airport is zo klein dat je er de weg beslist niet kunt kwijtraken) maar vandaag gingen we dan voor het eerst echt op stap, van Amman in de huurauto naar Jerash.

Omdat het vandaag eigenlijk zondag is in Jordanie is er weinig verkeer op de weg en alles gaat heel gemakkelijk. Ik had gezworen dat ze hier links zouden rijden maar dat is verschrikkelijk onverstandig nu is gebleken dat ze hier gewoon rechts rijden.

Jerash is ongeveer net zo oud als de weg naar Rome of zo.

Dat kun je goed zien aan alles wat daar vanuit de oudheid van is overgebleven:

- triomfbogen waarvan een grote van Hadrianus (wordt, lijkt het, gerestaureerd),

- 2 theaters die bijna ongeschonden de tijd zijn doorgekomen,

- "straten" en een groot plein met pilaren aan beide resp. aan alle zijden,

- allerlei tempels die door de byzantijnen vervolgens zijn omgetoverd in kerken,

- een museumpje met aardewerk, glaswerk, mozaieken, bronzen overblijselen van wapens, etc.

Even pauze nemen.

Het is vandaag vrijdag dus islamitische zondag dus wordt er van alle minaretten in de buurt van alles geschreeuwd en gezongen, dus...........vlug even mijn tapijtje uitgerold en " Allah U-Akbahr" in de richting van Mekka geroepen.

Zo, dat is ook weer gebeurd en nu verder met mijn verhaal.

Er is ook een Hippodrome en daarin deden ze met drie romeinse strijdwagens wie het eerst bij de finish was. Een van de drie heeft gewonnen. Doen ze elke dag twee keer.

Het was bloedheet en we hebben naast veel wandelen (de oude stad Jerash is behoorlijk groot, zie de plattegrond in een vorig bericht) en veel water gedronken.

Tussen de oudheden hebben we een lekker kippetje gegeten met van alles er bij. Het was goed te pruimen en voorlopig hadden we geen honger........ to nu dan, nu ik aan het schrijven ben.

Zo direct gaan we een pizza bestellen; dat kan hier ook.

Na Jerash gingen we naar het noordwesten. Daar ligt een kasteel bij de plaats Aljun.

Saladin heeft daar tot driemaal toe Richard Leeuwenhart (geen familie) tegen gehouden en, guess what, gisteravond, toen we hier aankwamen stond de TV aan en watvoor film was er op kanaal " MAX" ?? Richard Leeuwenhart verliest van Saladin.

Kennelijk zijn ze hier gek op hun geschiedenis.

Bij het kasteel konden we niet komen (opgebroken weg) dus volsta ik verder met 1 foto.

Al deze foto's van dit bericht heb ik op het internet gevonden.

Er is hier geen WiFi dus dan maar met de foto's van anderen.

Een volgende keer maar weer echte eigen foto's, hoop ik.