Saturday, May 31, 2014

Don't cry for me, my dear Egypt

A beacon of light for Egypt

There was no tsunami, no Arab Spring when I made a visit to Egypt in Oct 2008. When the Arab Spring hits the Arab world in Dec 2010, tourist arrivals in Egypt took a nasty fall ! 

Don't cry for me, my dear Egypt. Bring back your glorious past 

What a wonderful place to be when I embarked on this free & easy trip, no easy meat especially travelling to the Upper Egypt, a dangerous place near the Sudanese border to see the Abu Simbel Temple. I saw date palm trees, rural farming activities along the Nile River, the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, Port Said & the Suez Canal, The Pyramid of Giza & the Great Sphinx , The Luxor & Abu Simbel Temple, the historic Cairo, the mummies in Egypt Museum, the Qauitbal Fort in Alexandria, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut Temple (

What shall I say, a country with the oldest civilisations and once upon a time the land of the Pharaohs and after seeing with my own eyes, I was truly impressed - so fascinating, amazing, astonishing, mysterious, admiration, beyond imagination & incredible. All ancient civilisations have contributed in some way to the development of a modern society. Indeed Egypt has a long & rich history for the tourists to ponder & ponder. 

Hola Egypt, I am learning history through travelling in my twine light years

On the eve of the battle of Giza, Napoleon Bonaparte said these words to his soldiers " from the top of these pyramids, 40 centuries of history gaze down upon you "

But a wise man had said " just touching an ancient pyramid was truly moving to me because when you touch these pyramids, you have such a sense of the passage of time, of history 

Have I say too little or too much

There is nothing more I can think of to say of my dear Egypt and when the political turmoil is over, let the pyramids rebuilt Egypt again and tourists will come back in droves and Egypt will shine again

Oh Egypt, my dear Egypt - Don't cry for me

Aqaba, Jordan / Nuweida, Egypt ( ferry crossing )

Ferry leaving Aqaba Port to Nuweida
Ferry - upper deck
Passengers boarding a catamaran at Nuweida Port

Catamaran leaving Nuweida Port to Aqaba

Egypt Tower / Nile River
Downtown Cairo

Egypt Museum

The Pyramid of  Giza /  The Sphinx

Camel ride in Giza
I stood in front of this Pyramid - so tiny
The Great Sphinx

My travel buddy from USA
Doing a balancing act ? 
Touching an ancient Pyramid !

Nile River

Date Palm Trees & Nile River
Rural farming along the Nile River

Boating on Nile River 


Horse carriage carts at Aswan
El-Souk Shopping street, Aswan
Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple, Aswan

Valley of the Kings

Queen Hatshepsut Temple

Abu Simbel Temple

Abu Simbel Temple


Qaitbai Fort, Eastern Harbour

Blue sky & the deep blue Mediterranean Sea

Port Said / Suez Canal

Ferry crossing from Port Said to Port Fuoad
On board the ferry 
The busy Port Said
Container ship passing the Suez Canal

" LIFE is fragile and no matter how much we fight to control its outcome, all we can do is live in the moment "