The Gallery: Easter.

It’s a late entry for the Gallery this week as I had no internet access last Wednesday.

Our Easter break was a game of two halves this year. We spent the first week in the UK going for walks, and preparing for the second week when we hopped on a plane headed off to Jordan.

I’m halfway through blogging about how we spent our days in the Middle East, but wanted to use this week’s Gallery entry to put up a few of my favourite Jordan photos.

I’ve mentioned before how fascinated the Jordanian school children seemed to be by the smaller kids with our tour. DS soon got fed up with being ‘papped’ and went into camera avoidance mode early on. On observing that our 4 year old was not going to cooperate and have his photo taken by her, one teenage girl asked my DH what was wrong with our son. ‘He’s shy’, he told her, to which she replied, very seriously, ‘Shy is not so good for a man’.

We had no such problem with DD3. She loved posing with complete strangers. Here she is in the middle of a bunch of them among the Roman Ruins in Jerash. Look at that smile!

 

This is DS on one of the cobbled streets in Jerash’s Roman Ruins. You can see the ruts where the wheels of the chariots ran, and in this photo DS is following one of these grooves. New Jerash surrounds the ruins on all sides and can be seen in the background here. I think the ruins were one of my favourite things in Jordan; they are easily as interesting and well preserved, if not more so, than anything you will find in Italy.

And here is DS in one of the tunnels at Karak Castle. The kids loved this castle, the tunnels and other rooms were just made for them to explore while racing around making scary noises. Plus they had been sitting on the coach for a couple of hours and were glad of the chance to stretch their legs.

Here is DD1 looking at the Treasury in Petra. We bought her the blue scarf she is wearing to keep the back of her neck out of the sun as she got quite sun burnt earlier in the week and she wore it for the rest of the week. At 10, she was old enough to listen to a lot of what the guide told us about various places and she was very impressed with Petra.

While in the desert we went on a Jeep safari, and got to climb and run down a HUGE sand dune. Here is everyone else doing the initial climbing; everyone got sand in their shoes that day. I stayed at the bottom with the camera!

The girls like posing, and here they are wearing the latest fashion- mud. In the background is the Dead Sea, and they put out trays of ‘free mud’ for you to smear yourself with after you’ve bobbed around helplessly in it for a bit. It does make your skin nice and soft, and gives you a slight fake tan too!

To see what other people got up to over Easter, check out The Gallery.

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