I’ve returned from a once-in-a-lifetime tour to visit a site on my bucket list – Petra, Jordan. I’ve been fascinated with this wonder of the modern world since it was featured in one of my all-time favorite movies: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The final scenes in the movie feature the iconic Treasury, the centerpiece of Jordan’s ancient Nabatean city of Petra.

In the movie, it represents the Temple of the Sun. In real life, it is located at the end of a long walk through a cleft called The Siq which builds anticipation. The first glimpse of the façade can only be seen 50 meters before the end. It is one of the seven modern wonders of the world. Petra is a 10,000-year-old city hidden in a vast desert more beautiful than any picture can represent.

I was also able to visit the Dead Sea. What doesn’t show up in the pictures is how deadly hot the weather is. I was roasting, and I’m from Florida!

Then there’s the bubble tent luxury glamping site at the Wadi Rum desert. A long list of movies was filmed there. A total of 37 films feature the haunting desert. My favorites:

Dune (2021)
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (2019)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Prometheus (I) (2012)
Aladdin (2019)
The Martian (2015) ..
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

One of the highlights of the entire trip was the fabulous food. We were treated to fresh-made hummus, tabouli, falafel, kunafa, bedouin coffee, and wonderful chai tea. Our guide always preceded each new dining site with this statement, “Eat as if you’ve never seen food before.” I did, it was marvelous!

When and where do you plan to go for your next bucket list adventure? Don’t wait until it’s too late. Go! Go now!

My Paint & Shine Mysteries are set in the Daniel Boone National Forest. My parents were born, raised, and now rest in the Adams Family Cemetery in Wolfe County, Kentucky. The characters spend a lot of time preparing traditional southern meals and creating moonshine cocktails. Please consider buying local. Independent bookstores need your help during this challenging time.

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