Nile Cruise Diary – Day 3

Today, day 3 of our Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan, I got up early and sat on deck for a while before breakfast. I wrote a little, but mainly just looked at the river. There were a few small boats out and lots of birds, all seeking breakfast, I imagine. For the first time since we started this cruise, I had some time to ponder the magnificence of the river and its immeasurable impact. It’s a difficult thing to get one’s mind around. I finally gave up trying to visualize and quantify the millennia of history known here and, instead, cleared my mind and meditated on the Nile. When I stopped grasping at the significance of the place, that significance snuck up on me through some forgotten back door. I resolved to stay passively open for the rest of my tour. Continue reading

Nile Cruise Diary – Day 2

After enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet, which included a variety of fresh fruits, flakey pastries, crusty breads, cheeses, olives, a ful bar (that’s ful with one ‘L’ – the traditional breakfast of fava beans garnished with any or all of the following – chopped boiled egg, onion, tomato, cucumber, parsley, lemon juice… Click to see a recipe for ful.), omelettes and pancakes made to order, yogurt, cereal, fresh juices, coffee, and tea.

Then we headed out for a morning of touring on the west side of the river. Tombs and mortuary temples are located on the west because the sun sets in the west. Continue reading

Foto Friday – More Egypt

Happy Friday!

Enjoy the Egypt photos. Most were taken by our friend Jason Hedrick when he traveled  with us in 2010.

Luxor, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Luxor, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Aswan, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Aswan, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Aswan, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Aswan, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Edfu, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Edfu, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Luxor, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Luxor, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Cairo, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Cairo, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

on the Nile, photo by Jason Hedrick

on the Nile, photo by Jason Hedrick

on the Nile, near Aswan, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

on the Nile, near Aswan, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Abu el Haggag Mosque, Luxor, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Abu el Haggag Mosque, Luxor, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Luxor, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Luxor, Egypt, photo by Jason Hedrick

Have a great weekend everyone!