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Coco de Mer: a sexy nut in paradise

Here at Sophie’s World, we love exploring the world’s curious places. Today, I thought I’d share a different kind of curiosity Alex and I encountered in the Seychelles some years ago, a botanical curiosity. On the island of Praslin is a beautiful nature reserve called Vallée de Mai (May Valley). Not only is this valley […]

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Things to do with your kids in Aswan

By Catarina Redisch in Aswan, Egypt Aswan is a city on the Nile, and very interesting, especially if you like extremes. Did you know that Aswan is one of the driest places on earth? Aswan High Dam If you like extremes, you’ll really like the Aswan High Dam, one of the greatest engineering projects of […]

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We found our way out of Egypt, … for now

Thursday 10 January 2008: And so we’re leaving Egypt. We see Death on the Nile in the bus from Luxor to Hurghada. Those who aren’t sleeping, that is. We’ve had yet another early morning; up at 0545. Of course! Haven’t seen this film in years. It seems an appropriate ending to our fantastic trip. We […]

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Luxor Temple, and a slight fever

Wednesday 9 January 2008: It’s our last night in Egypt – and to come full circle, we’ll see Luxor Temple. Remember the avenue of sphinxes at Karnak? Well, Karnak and this temple are at opposite ends of this gorgeous, fascinating avenue. At sunset, we stroll the short distance from our boat to Luxor Temple. It’s […]

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The Memnon colossi and the fabulous Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor

Still Wednesday 9 January 2008: The Memnon Colossi are two, well, colossal statues, about 20 metres high, made from crystalline quartzite, that originally were part of a huge mortuary temple. They likely depict Amenothep III, who had this temple built. 2 025 years ago, an earthquake caused a huge crack in one of the statues. […]

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Hatshepsut’s Mortuary Temple at Deir el-Bahari

Wednesday 9 January 2008 – still morning: We’re at Deir el-Bahari, at the death temple of female pharaoh Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut’s temple is magnificent. The architect Senmut built it, perfectly harmonising with the surrounding nature. The temple has three terraces carved out of the cliff and connected by ramps. Not much else is left from Hatshepsut’s […]

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Valley of the Kings

Wednesday 9 January 2008: Another morning up bright and early at 0500. Very much worth it, to see the Valley of the Kings in solitude. Except for the guards at each grave, we have the place to ourselves. Valley of the Kings at dawn Look at these two photos. I couldn’t decide which one to […]

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