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 […]

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 […]

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 to have a go at the water pipe, smoking sheesha in Edfu. Well, some of […]

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 Agilki, they were transferred here by UNESCO when the Aswan dam was built. Before that, these temples flooded for much of the year. Seems incredible […]

The Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, featured in the film based on Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile.

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 daughter, enjoys sipping tea in old world hotels, preferably while […]

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 felucca sailing. Alex is long gone. I decided to forfeit […]

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