Saturday, January 07, 2006

Wadi Rum: 2nd January 2006

Seven Pillars of WisdomOnce again ignoring the tediously tooting touting taxis we walked downtown and did the shops. We met a man who proudly showed us his photos of him and Peter O’Toole and him and Omar Sharif. He had been their double in the filming of Lawrence of Arabia. One of the men on our trip was making his first return to Jordan after being involved with the filming and these two had a good old reminisce.

Across the wadi by 4WDIn the afternoon we boarded the coach for an excursion to Wadi Rum, where the film was set. The first stop was photo opportunity by the “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” a rock outcrop named by Lawrence and also the title of his book. (From Proverbs 9:1) We transferred to the backs of open 4WD, to journey deeper into the desert, ultimately stopping to watch what should have been a spectacular sunset, but wasn’t.

A real Bedouin tentOnce back on the buses we were taken to a ‘genuine’ Bedouin tent and campsite for dinner.

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