Winter break, Jordan - Umm Qays - 16 December 2007
Umm Qays (known as Gadara in Roman times), city of 'new Athens', as called by a Roman poet. Umm Qays was built by the Romans and was known as a cultural centre and, home to Roman poets and philosophers. Umm Qays, Jarash and Amman were once Roman Decapolis cities.
Umm Qays is perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking Jordan Valley and Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) and, Golan Heights, Syria.