We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A reader suggested that I stop by Lepcis Magna (aka Leptis Magna, aka Neapolis) while visiting North Africa.
Not a bad idea, but I have seen tons of Roman ruins from England to Pompeii to North Africa, and they're all about the same: an arena, a forum, a bath, a few monuments and lots of columns, etc. The ones in Carthage were cool.
I prefer seeing Greek things, and it seems like it would be a shame to go through life without seeing ancient Egyptian things in situ.
Where I want to poke around, from the Romans, is Ostia.
The last time we were in Rome we began to focus on temples and ruins from the pre-empire period, like the temples of Portunus and Hercules. The nice thing about them is you can skip on over to the world’s most famous manhole cover and test your veracity at La Boca de la Verità.
My favorite Greek ruins are at Paestum. These have to be the best preserved and least visited ruins I have seen.
Ostia is GREAT! We were fortunate enough to visit there 5 years ago, along with a student from England who was completing her doctorate in city planning. She had a keen interest and excellent knowledge of Ostia.
It's Rome's former ocean port, along a river that has since moved a significant distance from the town. Ostia wasn't discovered until modern times and much of it has yet to be uncovered. One can, however, walk into private residences, see the communal baths, and walk the "boulevard" of storekeepers.
It is an excellent tour site, deserving of more than a single day!
When you get to Jerusalem you will be able to traverse multiple historical levels - Ottoman, Seljuk, Byzantine, Roman, down to the First Temple foundations. Don't miss the tunnels under the Western Wall.