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Abu Simbel Temples: Abu Simbel is Pharaoh Ramses II’s enduring autograph in stone. Abu Simbel Is a bookmark to power and history, full of life, full of voices from the distant yesterday, forever shining in the Nubian Desert sun.
Prince Abbas cruise on Lake Nasser: After my Nile cruise arrangements were made with Great Safaris (www.greatsafaris.com) and its excellent Egyptian touring partners, I boarded the Prince Abbas luxury ship above the High Dam in Aswan for a leisurely four nights barge up the ancient river on the placid waters of Lake Nasser. 1000 miles up the Nile.
Mirage 1 cruise from Luxor to Aswan: The ancient Pharaohs were preoccupied with death while in life; in 1937 fictional British crime writer Agatha Christie penned the famous tome, Death on the Nileat the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. I didn’t need Hercule Poirot’s logical mystery solutions on my Mirage 1 luxury Nile riverboat voyage between Luxor and Aswan and back to discover Life On The Nile.
Philae – Osiris Underworld: Osiris was the god of the underworld, the god of the dead, the god of the afterlife, the god of the Nile; Isis was his wife and sister; Horus was his son. Osiris was the hope of new life in nature, including the annual flooding of the Nile. Modern Egyptologists believe the worship of Osiris began in the Nile delta in the Old Kingdom’s Fifth Dynasty (2494-2345 B.C.) but eventually moved upriver to Abydos near the first capital city of Egypt, at Memphis. As the Egyptian culture was encroached upon the Osiris cult felt it needed new secretive temples far from foreign eyes.
Cairo – Pyramids, Pharaohs and Papyrus: Cairo was never a capital or even a city of ancient pharaonic Egypt but today it is the largest urban area (founded about 970 A.D.) in the Arab world and in Africa, and the 16th largest metropolis in the world at about 30 million. Cairo was never a capital or even a city of ancient pharaonic Egypt but today it is the largest urban area (founded about 970 A.D.) in the Arab world and in Africa, and the 16th largest metropolis in the world at about 30 million.
The Temples of Ancient Thebes: In Thebes, later called Karnak, and now present day Luxor, the Valley of the Kings is where the pharaohs were entombed in graves carved into the bedrock, located on the western bank of the Nile, the direction that the sun god Amen set, where Osiris ruled the nightly underworld.
Felucca Sailing on the Nile: The prominent boat built for the Nile trade was the felucca, still used today because of its shallow draught and lightness and maneuverability in the whimsical winds. Felucca sailing is a must do adventure when visiting Egypt. Great Safaris (www.greatsafaris.com) arranged a day trip out of the Luxor Sonesta Hotel’s felucca dock and I was off for an afternoon on the Bob Marley with my sailing fellâhs, Saheed, the helmsman, and his cousin, Simbel, the navigator.
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