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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan December 28th 2022

Egyptian series: I swam in Aswan -Piprey on wheels Aswan is a tranquil city by the Nile, far away from Cairo making it a splendid destination to taste the authentic Egyptian food and experience Nubian life. After another excellent Egyptian dinner, I woke up early (truth is that I hardly slept) for the big trip to Abu Simbel. A boat rowed us to the mainland and then we started off in a 3-hour convoy through a flat, desert road, south of Aswan through the Sahara desert. At 5 am check point, the police checked our nationalities insisting for some reason on only British and Spanish. The sun winked but we were not to be humored, trying to catch up on our sleep. We stopped at a shanty but tea for 40LE, forget it. When we reached ... read more
Abu Simbel main entrance
Tall statues in Abu Simbel
Philae temple

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan January 20th 2022

The day didn’t start too well for me (Lesley). I was upset that the people who were the most anxious about the trip before we left and wanted to cancel, refused to wear masks. I’m afraid I got quite cross at breakfast. We then left on the bus to go to a new embarkation point with a decent gangplank to travel up the Nile to Elephantine Island. This island is important to the Jewish community as papyri documents have been found relating to the oldest Jewish diaspora community. The site itself is much bigger than I thought it would be. It is 1200 meters from north to south and 300 meters at its widest point. It is believed that it was called Elephantine because from the air the island looks like an elephant’s tusk. However, how ... read more
Elephantine ruins
Temple at Elephantine
Altar at Elephantine

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan January 18th 2022

Today was a bonus day as we were waiting for a group of participants from the US. We were allowed a lie-in as davening was at 8 am, breakfast at 8.30 am and on the bus at 9 am. At breakfast we had a panoramic view of the River Nile from the window of the restaurant. We used this time to start to get to know some of our fellow tourists. . The hotel is situated on the west bank of the Nile and we had to cross the dam to get to the east bank of the Nile. East and west are going to play a very important role in Egyptian history. This is because as the sun rises in the east so it represents birth, and as the sun sets in the west so ... read more
Migo explains old dam hydroelectrics
on the old low dam
hydroelectric power station at old dam

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan January 17th 2022

This is the first kosher tour from Israel to Egypt. Our day started early meeting the group and our tour leader Cindy Kline at Ben Gurion airport at 9.30am. We were travelling on a tour entitled “In the footsteps of the Exodus” with scholar-in-residence Rabbi Professor Joshua Berman. Rabbi Berman is professor of Tanach at Bar-Ilan university, Tel Aviv and has served on the international advisory committee of the Museum of Bible, Washington D.C. and his pioneering work on archaeological evidence for the Exodus has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. As our flight was not until 1300 we hung around the airport with our friends Ellie and Steve. Our short 1.5 hour flight to Cairo was uneventful and then we had a four hour wait at Cairo airport for the 1.5 hour flight to ... read more
our prayer corner in Tolip Aswan hotel
Tolip Aswan hotel Panorama restaurant

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan November 21st 2021

18 Nov Toujours au Caire J'arrive quelques heures d'avance à la station de train de la capitale. L'inquiétant trafic me rendait nerveux de manquer mon transport vers Aswan, tout au sud de l'Égypte. Mais j'ai pris le Metro, et j'y étais en un claquement de doigt. L'embarquement se fait à 21h10 et mon night train me déposera à destination dans plus ou moins 14 heures. Ici, on oblige les touristes à réserver leur place dans les sleeping car seulement (au prix de 80$US par tête). La Tourist Police me retrouve aisément à la gare. ''Welcome Egypt'': il y a escorte policière jusqu'à mon train. Nous sommes alors une dizaine de touristes à la queue leu leu en direction des quais. Plateforme 6. Les agents offrent un bon spectacle aux voyageurs égyptiens: c'est le convoi des grosses ... read more
Cabine de train
Aswan de Siou
Boat ride

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan March 21st 2021

20th March Boat ride on the Nile #heygo On the northern end of the First Cataract, marking ancient Egypt's southern frontier, Aswan has always been of great strategic importance. In ancient times it was a garrison town for the military campaigns against Nubia; its quarries provided the granite used for so many sculptures and obelisks. Our virtual trip was a boat ride on the river Nile. As we sailed along the river we saw sites of Noble's tombs, the famous Kitcheners Island and the Nubian villages. The Dome of Hawa is the rocky mountain on the western bank.The mountain is approximately 130 meters high and has carved graves of nobles and priests of Aswan from the era of the ancient Egyptians. The tombs of the Dome of Al-Hawa are distinguished by that they were nobles, ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan March 3rd 2020

Felucca Day Every time I think I’ve had the best day yet in Egypt, another amazing day happens. I would like to mention one thing. Before I came here several people expressed concern that it is not safe here. I have felt very safe. Our guide Khaled watches out for us and makes sure we know the right things to do. Egyptian people are really nice. We have had some drivers that speak little English, but we’ve been able to communicate. I sit near the front of the bus, and Lisa (Australia) and I wave at lots of people and they smile and wave back, give us the thumbs up, etc. I even spent time in the market haggling over prices for items, and I never felt threatened. Today I started out by visiting the Coptic ... read more
Nice sign
Coptic Church
Coptic Church

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan March 1st 2020

I am using someone’s hotspot so this entry will not have photos until I have better wifi. Last night we got on the train for the overnight to Aswan. The compartments are small, bunkbed style. Caroline from Australia is my roommate. They served us a good chicken dinner, then to bed. The coach jerks around from time to time, but the motion of the train is good for sleeping. We got to Aswan and brought our luggage to the hotel. The rooms weren’t ready yet so we dropped them off and went to the Philae Temple Complex. Philae (/ˈfaɪliː/; Greek: Φιλαί, Arabic: فيله‎ Egyptian Arabic: , Eg... read more
On boat to Philae Temple
Philae Temple
Philae Temple

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan October 2nd 2019

For once, our morning call was not at some hair raising time in what seems like the middle of the night. We had time for a nice breakfast enjoying the view from the terrace, and then it was time to check out of the resort in preparation to boarding our cruise ship, The Queen of Hansa. But before we did that, it was time to board the motorboat that would take us to the Nubian Village, Gharb Sohail. The saga of the Nubians in the area is a sad one. This minority non-Arab society was displaced from their ancestral homes by the construction of the High Dam. To make matters worse, the lands given to them to relocate were on the barren desert of the West Bank of the Nile, not amongst the rest of the ... read more
Boat Ride to the Nubian Village
Boat Ride to the Nubian Village
Boat Ride to the Nubian Village

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan October 1st 2019

Our day started with a daytime view from our balcony. Although we were not able to visit the cliff tombs, it's one of the attractions that I most look forward to the next time I'm lucky enough to visit Aswan. I have heard excellent reviews about the lovely every day life paintings in some of the tombs. The hotel, just like the Marriott before it, had an extensive breakfast buffet that was served on a delightful terrace with a view of the Nile. The new wing of the resort where we were staying was not too large, and I liked the airy openness of the lobby that all rooms opened to. After breakfast, we boarded the cute ferry that ran constantly between the island and the mainland, for our ride to the airport and early morning ... read more
Movenpick Resort
Movenpick Resort
Movenpick Resort

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