Wadi Rum, Jordan – Part III – Desert Tour – Alameleh Inscriptions

Our second stop was this section of rock carved with petroglyphs and graffiti.  I can’t remember exactly what our guide told us, except that he referred to the markings as graffiti by ancient Bedouin traders. What little information I was able to find on the internet was this: these markings are throughout Wadi Rum. they…

Wadi Rum, Jordan – Part II – Desert Tour – Star Wars & Martian Landscapes

Our actual tour of Wadi Rum had MANY different interesting aspects.  I’ll begin this Desert Tour blog series with the actual landscape itself and how exciting it was to be trucking through the same desert used as locations for movies such as Star Wars and The Martian. The rock formations are so unique, so bizarre…

Wadi Rum, Jordan – Part I – The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Visitor Centre & Mazayen Rum Camp

As we neared Wadi Rum, the dramatic sandstone landscape it is known for started to evolve.  Here is a camel walking along the road as we approached our first stop before camp, the Wadi Rum Visitor Centre. Then this magnificent rock formation appeared and is called The Seven Pillars of Wisdom after British soldier T.E. Lawrence’s…

Petra, Jordan – Part V – The Moment You See The Treasury!

Happiness flooded me. I started to cry, tears of joy. This same happiness flooded me, with tears of joy as my eyes first spotted the silhouetted Giza pyramids at sunset, during our taxi ride from the Cairo International Airport to our hotel in Giza. While walking long the Siq, you take a turn and suddenly…

Petra, Jordan – Part IV – The Siq’s Beautiful Sandstone Walls & Its Relics of Petra’s Past

The Siq is 1.2 km long with beautiful, pinkish sandstone walls! Our guide told us that the darker colored areas are the result of wind erosion.  The Jack Sparrow lookalike is a Petra Bedouin! What is amazing is that the road along the Siq is paved. Our guide pointed this out, but I can’t quite…

Petra, Jordan – Part III – Captain Jack Sparrow Lookalikes – Petra Bedouins

Captain Jack Sparrow is a pirate, yes – I could, however, call him a Bedouin of the sea! Why? Because a desert Petra Bedouin looks something like a sea pirate…  Don’t ya think? 😉 Petra Bedouin and Captain Jack Sparrow I’m skipping ahead a bit – because I just had to share this fun little…