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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan December 19th 2023

Everyone knows about all the ancient stuff here, lots of temples and ruins and stuff…almost like the land that time forgot. Cleverly, the Egyptians have also managed to mix it up a bit and create the land that forgot time, or at least how to tell it, or stick by it, or pay any attention to it at all! Lucky we’re in beautiful Aswan, on the banks of the Nile so we have plenty of opportunity to soak up the ambience while we’re doing our waiting. Arrived at our Nubian Farm under the cover of darkness - an eerie experience for those of us who hadn’t completely succumbed to jet lag and passed out. Our boat wove through the tall granite protrusions of the river under the light of Aga Khan’s illuminated mausoleum high on the ... read more
A different view of Philae
Hooray for not capsizing
Beautiful Aswan…much time to soak

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan November 16th 2023

An overnight train from Cairo to Aswan was memorable but not something I would want to do again. Aswan is the nearest city to the Abu Simbel site built by Ramses 2. It still takes several hours to drive there. It is amazing to look at some of the old photos of how the structures were relocated to avoid loss by flooding when the Aswan Dam was built. Similarly in Aswan the temple of Phillae was moved and rebuilt. Like a giant jigsaw puzzle where lives were marked with numbers then rebuilt. Huge effort indeed. Another highlight of the time in Aswan was a felucca boat ride. It was such a peaceful experience. Fabulous! One afternoon my sister and I took ourselves off to the Old Cataract hotel where we paid 500 EGP for entry which ... read more

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

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