Sunday, January 27, 2008

Shobak Castle (1st time)

As you approach Shobak Castle you can't see it anywhere and then it just pops out of nowhere. It is not a grand castle, but one of the most adventureous of all the Jordan Castles and we have seen plenty. It is on a hill between other hills so it doesn't stand out too much.
We arrive at about 5 pm and it started to hail within 5 minutes. So we got the short tour with promises that we would come back in March.
This is the endless pit that goes way deep into the ground of the castle--some 300 or 400 steps. The guide told us it was not too safe for kids so I will have to bring Daniel back and not get a guide next time. Be sure to bring a flash light because there are no windows--and leave Clausterphobic Gammie at home.
This is the museum in the Castle. We are always attracked to cannon balls.

This is the throne. He is the Prince, and I am the Queen.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Karak Castle

Karak Castle is the biggest of all the Jordan Castles. It is way up on a hill and takes hours to walk through. I don't think we saw every little nook, but don't tell Daniel!!

Exploration shots all over the castle.

We have a flashlight now for our Castle Explorations and we like to use it when going around almost ever corner.

The city is in the background through the arches. A Great View!

Watch out for random holes in the ground. Most they have tried to make safe, but not all of them

Can you see the soldier statue next to Daniel?
This castle was full of tunnels and banquet halls.

This really was a grand castle. Most people only see one castle in Jordan and it is Karak. If they see two then the other one is Ajloun. And then we are one of the few to see more then that.

Friday, January 25, 2008

St. Georges in Madaba

Madaba is a Christain town in Jordan. It is about 40km south of Amman. They have several Christian Churches and this is the most famous one, St. Georges.

There are beautiful mosaics all over the floors.

And all over the walls.