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Oct 25, 2018 - Alexandria to Aswan

Wednesday, October 24 I enjoyed a restful night in the hotel by the sea. We didn’t set off until 9:00 when we headed for the Montazah Gardens which surround the palace of the last kings of Egypt. The palace was built in 1900 ad the last resident was King Farouk, who was displaced in 1952 when Egypt became a republic. The grounds are beautiful with lots of palm trees, green lawns, and other interesting plants. It is right on the sea with beautiful clear water and some sandy beaches. We walked across the little bridge to the island where he...

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Egypt 2018

Mar 23, 2017 - Almost ending

We are close to coming to the end of our trip. Yesterday morning, everyone went off to the Edfu Temple while I hung around the boat and coughed. I have a chest cold and I'm coughing in everyone's face, so I though some down time would help. The temple is from about 200 BC and was built by the Greeks who were ruling then. It is the most completely preserved of all of the temples found. They came back for lunch and we hung around and I had a massage, which was wonderful. We sailed from Edfu to Kom Ombo during the afternoon and tied up at Kom...

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We're in Denial

Apr 13, 2016 - 31 March 2016 - Aswan

On the last day of March we joined the 10am convoy to Aswan, driving through the desert until we reached our hotel on the banks of the Nile. We have 3 nights (2 days) here to see the sights. On day 1 we all went our separate ways, with me and two other ladies visiting firstly the Nubian Museum which was very interesting and gave us a good picture of the history of the Nubian people who lived in the southern Egypt/northern Sudan area from 3,500BC to present day. They have their own language which unfortunately is now dying out as Arabic has...

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Feb 4, 2016 - Aswan

Our Sun Boat III cruised farther down the Nile to Aswan, where we berthed below the British dam built in 1905 at the first cataract. Nasser built the larger one in 1956 about 80 km south at the second cataract near the Sudanese border. The dams were built to control the seasonal flooding of the Nile and to generate electricity in an effort to industrialize the country. The second dam created Lake Nasser, which is huge, and drowned many Nubian villages and ancient monuments. The Nubians were displaced into public housing complexes which are...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Aswan Dam and Philae Temple

Sept. 17-Aswan-tour Aswan Dam and Philae Temple We awoke docked at Aswan. Aswan has about 500,000 people. It is known as the place where the high dam of the Nile was built. This is the dam that controls the Nile flooding and keeps it from being as severe as it once was. The dam was started in 1964 and completed in the 70’s. The plan for the dam meant that many temples were going to be inundated. Some the Egyptian government decided to preserve, like the Philae Temple and the Temple at Abu Simbel, but others it could not afford to save, so...

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Feb 24, 2015 - Sailing the Nile and Temples

Feb 23 The cleaning lady folded the towel in the shape of a swan this morning. Grace and I found that hilarious. Swan. Aswan? Nobody else seemed to get it. Mudi said they likely didn't do it on purpose as they don't speak english and of course swan in Arabic is....I don't know but it's not swan. After going to bed, Grace and I discussed what we'd learned and tried to piece everything together. Between the two of us we think we got most of it. We've learned so much already! Over a leisurely breakfast, I updated internet stuff and then we...

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Feb 22, 2015 - Aswan and resurrected temples

February 21 I forgot to mention that we also stopped in at a place where they create paintings on papyrus. A young man showed us how it's done, how to spot forgeries and we looked at all the beautiful works of art. I couldn't decided on anything so bought nothing. We got into Aswan and checked into our hotel where we got to clean up and I did some sink laundry. I wasn't counting on needing socks. It's not very warm here. Today's high was about 16. We hopped into a boat that took us to a Nubian village on the other side of the Nile river,...

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Nov 9, 2013 - Drown the past to save the future

Drowned the past to save the future. It is Thursday morning and after a great breakfast at the Movenpick ( on a island ) we took a boat across the Nile and got into our bus. We went to the airport and flew to Abu Simbel for the day to visit Ramses II Temple with his wife's Nefetari's tomb next door. They are so impressive made more so by the fact in 1968 they were moved block by block to the present location. The Nile River was damned at Aswan, flooding thousands of hectares of land up stream. The Egyptian government didn't have the funds...

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Nov 6, 2013 - The Great Sand Sea...aka Sahara Desert

" I rode through the desert on a horse with no name, it felt good to be out of the rain" That song kept going through my head as we spent 5 days in the Sahara. We had three 4x4's and covered a lot of "sand" traveling from Siwa Oasis to Bahariya. Our 3 drivers were experienced but I was still nervous going that fast and never sure what was on the other side of the dune. We got stuck twice....one of the other trucks was stuck 5 times. (To get more traction they let the air out of the tires). We had lots of laughs with spectacular scenery....

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Jan 6, 2013 - Parte 5 - Hola, Habib!

Nao sei porque exatamente (deve ser minha cor de cuia ou o sorriso aberto e verdadeiro da Re) mas quase sempre escutamos saudacoes das pessoas nas ruas em espanhol. Pode ser um Hola, ou um Como estas?, e sempre somos confundidos como espanhois. Soh depois que percebem que nao respondemos direito, perguntam de onde somos. E depois que falamos, a proxima etapa eh abrir um sorriso e falar: Ba-ra-sil!!! I love Ba-ra-sil! Ronaldo, romario, (ate um bebeto eu ja escutei!). Eh o mundo conhecendo profundamente nossa cultura e tradicoes brasileiras...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Aswan

ASWAN From Cairo we took the overnight train to Aswan- 1st class sleeper – very nice. We had arranged a bus trip from Aswan to Abu Simbel, left at 4am in an armed convoy of about 20+ vehicles. Abu Simbel is the home to Ramses II and his queen Hefertari's temples. These temples were rescued from an area that was to be flooded when the High Dam was put in at Aswan. These massive temples were sliced apart and moved 60m up from the river bank. The temple entrance is guarded by 4 huge statues of Ramses, inside more statues and wall engravings...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Aswan

Thursday 29th March Wadi Halfa to Ferry across Lake Nasser After resting in the hotel and not doing much at all yesterday, today is the day we are heading off towards the ferry and to Aswan in Egypt. We were up early and headed off to breakfast and had our usual Wadi Halfa breakfast of egg, ful, felafels and bread. We bought some extra snacks for the ferry as well as an additional bag to hold all the extra stuff we now have. At 12, we were picked up in a “minibus” that could easily have doubled for a prison van (appropriate really when we...

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