Smoking sheesha in Edfu and waterborne shops at Esna

Tuesday 8 January 2008 At Aswan, we were joined by new passengers. They would naturally stop ad have a look at the Horus Temple at Edfu. But we've seen it, been there, done that. Instead, we're invited to a cafe in Edfu to smoke some [...]

Boating the Nile – in the 1800s and today

It’s early January on the Nile. Early morning as well. The girls are still asleep. I’m alone on deck. Going down river (north) is windier. The pages of my note pad is blowing fiercly, at times lightly whipping my face. It’s bitterly cold.

Sounds and lights at Philae Island

Still Monday 7 January 2008 As a goodbye to Aswan, we see the sound and light show at the beautiful temples at Philae island. Presently located on the island of Agilkia, they were transferred here by UNESCO when the Aswan dam was built. Before that, [...]

Afternoon Tea at the Old Cataract in Aswan

Still Monday 7 January 2008 In the felucca, we sailed past the Old Cataract Hotel. From the Nile, this old world hotel looks grand, perched on the granite bluff above. If you’ve seen Death on the Nile, it will also look familiar. Alex, my oldest [...]

Child-friendly pursuits in Aswan – and felucca sailing

Monday 7 January 2008 This morning we awaken to the sound of donkeys’ hoofs clicking along the early morning streets of Aswan. Cat and I are off to see if there are any child-friendly spots, (i.e. playgrounds) in this Southern Egyptian city, and later to [...]

Elephantine and Nubians

By Aswan in the River Nile is Elephantine Island. It houses temple ruins (including the ruins of a step pyramid), two nilometers (structures measuring the water level during flooding season) and a luxury Mövenpick hotel. Most interestingly, though, Elephantine has a considerable Nubian population, living in three villages on the island.

Aswan highlights

Still Sunday 6 January 2008 What a long day, wonderful and fascinating day! And there's even a lot left of it. We've had a look at a few Aswan highlights, and there's more to come. Aswan High Dam Lake Nasser After lunch, we have a [...]