A highlight of our trip was a visit to Jordan was the area of Wadi Rum – meaning Valley (Wadi) of the Moon (Rum, not the drinking kind…).
Jordan is heavily promoting this into a tourist area with good reason – the desert hills, vistas are lovely and history saturates the area.
Lawrence of Arabia lived in the area while trying to gain freedom for the Arabians.
Lawrence became a practising archaeologist in the Middle East, working at various excavations.
In January 1914, before the outbreak of World War I, Lawrence was co-opted by the British Army to undertake a military survey of the Negev Desert while doing archaeological research.
The famous movie of the same name was filmed in the area. Omar Shariff talks about his experience with Peter O’Toole as a booze-soaked 9 months – where there was nothing to do between movie takes other than drink – to excess.
Legendary are also Peter O’Toole’s nasty run-ins with endless camel rides and the toll they took on his behind.
Along with many other Arab countries, Jordan banned the film for what they felt to be a disrespectful portrayal of Arab culture.
And here are some of those Tourist on Camels….
We were able to dine in a Boudiun Tent and had a great lunch before departure….