Even though it was cloudy and sprinkled throughout the day, I had a nice, relaxing walk. It was the same old up and down steep hills following tracks and country roads. Along with the usual olive groves, there were some lemon groves stuck in. I was amazed at how many lemons grew on one tree.
It wasn’t a particularly interesting day since I’m essentially skirting the western suburbs of the sprawling city of Amman. I passed a couple of quarries and a huge brewery.
Iraq al-Amir, on the western edge of Amman, had its own distinct community. I got there a bit early so I visited both shops in town to have a can of orange juice. I was happy to spend a couple of hours sipping tea with the shop owners. It never ceases to amaze me how open and friendly these people are.
The village is the home of the Qadr al-Abad, fortified villa and palace. It is believed to have been built by the powerful Jewish Tobiad family sometime between 187 and 175 BC. The Jordan Trail brings me through quite a few little known and seldom visited archaeological sites. The palace just sits there with no gate or hours. I just walked up to it and explored the area. If back in the USA we had something like this, there would be a National Park built around it.
I will be posting all my Jordan Trail entries here: Jordan Trail