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Dec 24, 2009 - Aswan Egypt

Aswan is really just a place to go to get on the felucca but there are some things to see. Our guide took us to the Aswan Dam which until last year was the largest dam in the world but it was completely devoid of any interesting or significant feature. It simply did not seem large in any dimension, it was just a concrete wall but the reason I include this is that I want to remember the true pride that our guide had in this National Achievement (designed, built and paid for by Russia) We were taken by boat to an Island to see a temple from...

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Dec 10, 2009 - Exploring Aswan - Day 2 - Visit to Nubia Museum, Fatamid Cemetary & Tombs of the Nobles

It is almost 9 o’clock at night, and we are the only ones sitting outside at the rooftop restaurant and café of the Keylany Hotel, our hotel here in Aswan. Compared to last night, it is far warmer this evening. Cool but comfortable… We are leaving at 4 o’clock in the morning tomorrow for a long day trip to check out the famous ruins at Abu Simbel before we leave on our cruise down the Nile to Luxor on Saturday. We began today with a visit to the Nubia Museum, a museum dedicated to highlighting Nubia’s culture and history. Today, much of...

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Dec 9, 2009 - Exploring Aswan - Day 1- Visit to Elephantine Island & Kitchener's Island

10 p.m. It is too cold right now for the rooftop restaurant here at our hotel in Aswan, the Keylany Hotel, so I’m writing today’s entry from our room. We spent our first day here in Aswan checking out Elephantine Island as well as the botanical garden on the adjacent Kitchener's Island. Upon our arrival on Elephantine Island after taking the very short ferry ride from Aswan across the Nile, we walked through the Nubian village of Siou before stopping for a drink at Nubian House, a colorfully painted house allegedly built in the traditional...

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Nov 30, 2009 - Nile Cruise: Luxor to Aswan

Comfortably ensconced in lounge chairs on the sun deck of our cruise ship, we enjoyed the opportunity to relax, read & enjoy the sunshine, between calling in at centuries-old temples and tombs along the way. The Nile is the lifeblood of Egypt; Without it, the country would be uninhabitable. All of Egyptian civilisation, ancient and modern, has revolved around it. The Egyptians refer to the southern part of their country as Upper Egypt and the northern part Lower Egypt - a bit confusing from a geographical view, but clarified when you...

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Nov 18, 2009 - Felucca Cruise on the Nile

We sailed out of Aswan in the early afternoon and therefore had plenty of daylight to enjoy the scenery. We were 8 ppl on the felucca and 2 crew, who were responsible for getting us to Kom Ombo as well as preparing all of our meals …with all that said it was a very relaxing 2 days! Day one we drank and played some drinking games with the our felucca mates until we anchored at a Nubian house for dinner. After dinner on the Felucca we went to smoke some shisha and chill. A few of our mates ( all being Australians) got hammered - one falling...

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Oct 30, 2009 - Aswan: Abu Simbel & Nile Cruise Embarkation

Up at 2am this morning for a 3am bus ride to Abu Simbel - 3 hours drive away on Lake Nasser. We drove across the Western Desert to Nubia “Land of Gold”. Our destination, Abu Simbel is an imposing rock temple of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. Carved between 1290 and 1224 BC, rediscovered in 1813 covered in sand then moved up 60 metres in the mid 1960’s to save it from flooding of the Nile when the High Dam was built. It was amazing to see especially considering they moved it piece by piece over 4 years. You can go into the temples...

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Oct 29, 2009 - Aswan: Monastery of San Simeon

Overnight Gerry got the Mummy’s curse so it became a rest day for us. We missed out on the camel ride to St. Simeon monastery. Gerry was really sorry he missed out on his chance to do his Lawrence of Arabia impersonation. I was happy to relax and enjoy the view from our balcony of all the feluccas going by.

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Sep 24, 2009 - MAP UPDATE

We've been here for two days and we leave up the nile on a falluca for two days to luxor in one hour. Emos estado aqui por dos dias y saldremos en lancha por el rio nile, un viaje de dos dias a luxor dentro de una hora. =) Caro: Fer forgot to mention that we will not be able to shower for 2days and guess where we will be releaving ourselves??? Mother Nature (bushes) will be our best friend for the next 2 days. Caro: A Fer se le olvido comentar ke no nos vamos a poder banar por dos dias y que para ir al bano tendremos que usar cualquier...

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Aug 16, 2009 - Aswan Egypt

We arrived in Aswan at 9am today. Let's just say I think we where all glad to get off the train. Finally saw the nile from the train, it was what I expected, papyrus along the side, with donkeys and people working in the field. The population of Aswan is 200,000 so just a smidgen smaller than Cairo. We spent the day chilling and catching up on sleep before heading to the night markets. The late arvo we took fluka (small boat) to Aswan botanical gardens for an hour. It was pleasant sail with little kids no more than 8 paddling in their boat...

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Aug 10, 2009 - Aswan

We arrived in Aswan after a VERY long night in a sleeper train from Cairo. The cabin was comfy except for the fact that the AC broke around 4 in the morning and the windows on the train did not open. So, needless to say, we were very thrilled when the train pulled into the station two hours late. We found our hotel, Keylany Hotel, no problems and took a felucca ride around Elephantine Island and saw the Tombs of the Nobels, Botanical Gardens, etc. It was very relaxing after being cooped up in a train for twelve hours.

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Jun 17, 2009 - Felucca cruise on the Nile

Oh bliss! I have just spent the most relaxing day and night, chilling out on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian boat, as we sailed from Aswan to Luxor. The felucca is very simple, just a sailing boat with a deck and cloth shade over the top, but so low that you have to either sit down or lie back the entire time… trust me, I wasn’t complaining! I spent the entire time either reading or playing cards with my tour group, and of course eating the delicious food prepared for us by our boat captain. I’ve become very used to eating vegetarian food...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Jun 16, 2009 - Abu Simbel

An optional activity I could undertake in Aswan was a trip out to Abu Simbel, a world heritage site built by Ramese II, and is one of the highlights of Egypt. Abut Simbel was originally located in the Nubian mountains, and was built as a momument to Ramses II and his wife Nefertiti, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbours. However, in the 1960s when the Egyptian government built the High Dam, Abu simbel would have been lost under the resulting lake behind the dam, so it was relocated in its entireity, above the High Dam. The work involved...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

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