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Flat Scout goes to Jordan & Cyprus

Our den leader to our Flat Scout with him to Jordan & Cyprus this summer.  Here are some of the highlights of the trip.

Our first stop was at Umm Qais, an old Roman town near the northern border of modern Jordan.  Here, we saw amazing Roman architecture and a view north into Syria.

Next, we went to some crusader castles.  Check out these stone balls–a lotbigger than the BBs we shoot with the Cub Scouts!  These were used for small catapults to defend the castle.  I also got to see some Arabic inscriptions recovered at a castle that was captured by one of Saladin’s lieutenants.

                                 

Next we went to Petra.  This is a Nabataean city carved out of the rock in a canyon. Here I am in front of the most famous part of the city–the Treasury.  It was actually a tomb, but people called it the Treasury because they thought there was a hidden treasure inside.  Here are pictures of Flat Scout with everyone who went on the trip.  You can see a close-up of some ancient Greek writing.  Petra was a cross-roads trading city where caravans could get water on their way through the desert, so you can see Nabataean, Greek, Roman, Assyrian, Arab, and Christian influences throughout the city.

                          

We also went to Mt. Nebo, a place where the Bible says Moses looked over the Promised Land before being taken by God.  I took my picture in an olive tree at the peak.

After all that travelling, we were tired, so we spent a little time at the beach in Cyprus.  We started every morning with a great breakfast of eggs, fresh vegetables, bread and juice.  Here, I got a chance to read by the seashore and see an old Ottoman fort that protected the harbor at Pafos.

 

Altogether, it was a great trip that I will remember for a long time.  I hope you like the pictures.

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