Wadi Rum – Lawrence of Arabia’s Hangout Invaded by Tourists on Camels

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…).

DSC_7274Jordan is heavily promoting this into a tourist area with good reason –  the desert hills, vistas are lovely and history saturates the area. 

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Lawrence of Arabia lived in the area while trying to gain freedom for the Arabians.

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Lawrence became a practising archaeologist in the Middle East, working at various excavations.

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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.

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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.  

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Where did Don get the headgear?

Legendary are also Peter O’Toole’s nasty run-ins with endless camel rides and the toll they took on his behind.

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Wadi Rum

 

Along with many other Arab countries, Jordan banned the film for what they felt to be a disrespectful portrayal of Arab culture.

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Literal Camel Jockeys


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  And here are some of those Tourist on Camels….

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I can never get away from Teachers yelling at me!

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Jerry is at home here – looks like Palm Springs….
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Tents available for an overnight stay….

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We were able to dine in a Boudiun Tent and had a great lunch before departure….

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Wadi Rum was a fantastic & beautiful experience. – one I would like to repeat!


4 thoughts on “Wadi Rum – Lawrence of Arabia’s Hangout Invaded by Tourists on Camels

  1. I agree Gail. The best part of out trip yo Jordan. So beautiful. I loved the camel ride It was so peaceful and calming in those surroundings. Thanks again for sharing. Love the teacher picture !!’

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