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Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan July 17th 2012

Same guy, a nice older man, drove me down to Aswan today, which is about 4 hours away. We stopped at two places along the way. First in Edfu (2 hours from Luxor) at the absolutely incredible Temple of Horus. This is so far my favorite temple in Egypt. While the other temples I've been to are truly open-air, the Temple of Horus actually has a roof, and the play of light and shadow on the columns in the main hypostyle hall was truly spectacular. Also at Edfu there are chambers that wander off into the shadows, secret rooms, and a pair of stairs that lead nowhere. This is the type of place that was made for exploring, Indiana Jones style. This is all straight down the Nile by the way; never really lost sight of ... read more
Detail of the Reliefs
Statue of Horus
Light in the Hypostyle Hall

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan June 25th 2012

Last night the streets were filled with thousands and thousands of Egyptians, all of whom came out to celebrate (at least where I was) the first free election of the new president, Mursi. The word is that Mursi is not of a military background, but is instead a doctor, a thought which brings hope to some, though his tight ties with *corrected information inserted here* Muslim Brotherhood worry others. I've been trying to make sense of it all from first person, that's why I've been somewhat confused, so read here: url=http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/24/world/africa/muslim-brotherhood-explained/index.html?iid=article_sidebarhttp://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/24/world/africa/muslim-brotherhood-explained/index.html?iid=article_sidebar You should have seen it, it was the biggest party I have ever seen in my life. Women in full burkas and women without, flags waving everywhere... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 23rd 2012

Morning! Yesterday we travelled on a felucca to Philae Temple which is an island which has three temples on it. One roman, greek and egyptian. Its amazing to see how big they are and the detail of the carvings is awesome. Even after thousands of years u can still c the quality of the craftsmanship. The whole site actually needed to be moved piece by piece from its original location due to the danger of flooding from the nile. The whole process took 8 years. The heads of the egyptian kings had been ruined by the french or british i think. They thought that if they destroyed the holy sites of:the local egyptian religous sites that they would become christians. After this we went to a market. We just bought some water n snacks. We have ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 23rd 2012

Wow what an awesome day! Started with a 330am wake up call for our 3 hr bus ride to Abu simbel. We travelled in a convoy of 15 buses with a military escort. The reason for the early departure is due to the extreme hot weather. It got to approx 45 today. We arrived at Abu Simbel in which the main attraction is a templ which has 4 statues of the great Ramses 2. There is also a temple for Ramses favourite wife Nefertari, he actually had many wives and approx 150 children!. The statues of Ramses II would have been approx 30 - 40 metres high. The whole site has actually been moved from its original location which is 66 metres below its current location. This process took two years to complete with lots of ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 22nd 2012

hey hey! Yesterday we went to visit the egyptian museum which has over 100 thousand artefacts. Tutankamen wasnt as famous as some of the other pharaohs however his collection of treasure that was buried with him has been preserved and kept together. He had three massive rooms of treasure. It makes you wonder if the more famous tombs of pharaohs like ramses ll hadnt been piliged how much treasure there must have been. The most fascinatingpiece was Tutankamens famous mask which was solid gold and perfectly hand crafted. Next we were off to see the great pyramids of giza. The sheer size of them is overwhelming, to know that no modern cranes were used during construction. Each block depending on its size was approx 2.5 tonne. Shama got to go into one of the pyramids. The ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 13th 2012

The layer of dust lined my skin, which glistened in the sun against the sheen of sweat; the combination resulted in a gritty exfoliation, a treatment available only in Egypt. We were greeted with a barely manageable heat, seeing as we arrived in the late afternoon we knew we were in store for foreboding temperatures over the next two weeks. After introductions to the rest of the group and tour leaders we had a quick wander in our area of Cairo and promptly returned to the hotel. Cairo is a filthy city, the streets are lined with litter, excrement, stray animals and dare I say... stray men. Doing your best to ignore the pedlars at Giza took self-control, which was easily lost with the almost abusive sales pitch and aggressive upselling. The locals were relentless and ... read more
Felucca with Mohammed
Horse riding in Dahab
Waiting for the sunset -Mt Sinai

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan May 2nd 2012

Whenever you were on the Nile, whatever you saw along the banks, the ever-present ridge of the desert loomed beyond the greenery, walling the floodplain on either side, a long chain of hills both east and west, often with pale chutes of sand spilling down them, blown in from the desert beyond. - Rosemary Mahoney Down The Nile 2007 Alas - blogging for the last couple of weeks has fallen victim to illness, poor to non-existent internet and general laziness. As I sit in a cafe in Istanbul, I'm shocked to discover that blog-wise I am all the way back in Egypt! Time to get serious! Two countries have flown by since then! When last I wrote, we were headed far from the maddening crowds of Cairo, following the Nile south on our way to Aswan. ... read more
Aswan
Aswan Dam
Hallelujah! Singing on the Nile

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan April 15th 2012

As the sleeper train pulled into the busy Cairo station, I had flashbacks of the filthy overnight trains in Vietnam. We were all pleasantly surprised once inboard, when Jess and I were shown to our private two bed cabin, complete with a dining table, sink and lamps. This was certainly a step up from trains in Asia and everyone in the group was running from room to room excited about how "luxurious" it was, having all spent time in Asia....the simple things!!! As nice as the decor was, it was actually the most uncomfortable of all train travels I've experienced so far. I felt as though I was on an out of control vibrating bed, being thrown this way and that around the carriage. Many of us where still in a zombie like state when we ... read more
Abu Simbel
Feluccas on the Nile
Nubian dinner at JJ's house

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan April 8th 2012

Below is a Note I had written on my FaceBook page without a lot of fanfare. I am certain that it got lost amongst all the many things I post, but I am just fine with that. I knew that whomever needed to see it, would. And just as that post was a self-indulgent type of release... I suppose this one is too. :) Let me preface this with saying that I am in a much better space with all of this right now. I just thought maybe those of you who are following this blog may want to know why I have been away. Matters of the heart just take precedence, you know? xx Sue Divine "I posted briefly the other night when I broke off an engagement with a most beautiful man. I posted ... read more
Row of Sphinxes

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan March 19th 2012

My first good sleep so far in the last 3 days has been this overnight train! Fell asleep around 11:30pm and were woken up by the train staff at 8:30am. They got us up in plenty of time for breakfast, re-freshing and then lots of time to sight-see out the window as we came into Aswan! The breakfast again was crappy so we didnt eat much of it. We actually took in the next 2 hours of scenery from the train! It was beautiful along the Nile! So green - lots of banana plants, sugar cane fields, etc. a lot like what I'm used to seeing in the caribbean islands. At 10:30 we got off the train and headed towards our Nile cruise boat where we would be staying the next 3 nights even though we ... read more




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