This weekend, we set out to explore our new hometown. We went downtown to the Roman Amphitheater. Amman's Roman Theatre is a 6,000-seat, 2nd-century Roman theatre. A famous landmark in the Jordanian capital, it dates back to the Roman period when the city was known as Philadelphia.
The day was going to be hot, so we decided to get an early start, and for a short while, we had all 6,000 seats to ourselves.
I told the kids this is the cage where they kept the lions. They believed, though I doubt it is true.
The amphitheater is also the home to a museum demonstrating the lifestyle of the ancient Bedouin people.
After visiting the theater, we took a short stroll through the streets of Amman to Zajal for lunch.
The photographer at work.
They offered a buffet of hummus, pita, falafel, and my new favorite, fatteh, which means 'crushed' or 'crumbs' in Arabic. Fatteh is an ancient dish of the southern Levantine region (consisting of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine) of fresh or stale pita with strained yogurt, mashed chickpeas, olive oil, cumin, and clarified sheep's milk butter on top. The pita softens and becomes like a dumpling. It was amazing!