Jazīrat adh Dhahab

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    • Day6

      Eine Stadt im Wandel

      September 16, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      23.00Uhr ging es los von unserem Hotel in Marsa Alam. Die ganze Nacht sind wir mit dem Bus gefahren in den frühen Morgenstunden erreichten wir Kairo. Zu unserem Glück wurde für uns ein eigener Bus mit eigenen Reiseleiter organisiert, sodass wir uns breit machen konnten.

      In Kairo angekommen erlebten wir sofort das wahre ägyptische Leben, außerhalb der großen Hotelanlagen am Roten Meer.

      Es wird viel gebaut und abgerissen. Alle Autos, Pferdekutschen, Busse, Motorräder und was noch so herumfährt/-läuft ist ein einziges Wirrwarr. Überall hupt es. Man fühlt sich angekommen im Orient.

      Morgens ging es für uns zuerst in das „Ägyptische Museum“ in welchem man bis zu 7000 Jahre ägyptische Geschichte bewundern kann. Unser Reiseleiter schickte uns nicht alleine durch, sondern gab uns viele Informationen zu den einzelnen Artefakten.

      Nach zwei Stunden Geschichte ging es zum Bazar von Kairo. Dort gab es einen ersten Kulturschock. Ein reges Treiben, viel Geschrei der Händler und wir mitten drin. Nach einer Runde durch die Gassen setzten wir uns in ein Straßenkaffee.

      Bei einer heißen Tasse Schwarztee ☕️, schauten wir eine ganze Weile den Leuten zu. Dann ging es zurück zum Bus, natürlich quer über die Straße durch den völlig chaotischen Verkehr.

      Nach dem Mittagessen, welches ich nur bedingt genießen konnte, ging es zuerst von der Parfümerie zu Papyrusmanufaktur. Die Verkäufer gaben sich dabei beste Mühe uns das Geld aus der Tasche zu ziehen.

      Danach ging es für eine kurze Mittagsruhe zurück ins Hotel.
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    • Day14

      92 lb suitcase!

      May 30, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 102 °F

      This is a first! Dana and I had left one suitcase at the Four Seasons, took another one each on the Nile cruise. We did a good bit of shopping (as good little tourists!). My suitcase today on Egypt Air was 42.5 kg. Which equates to 92 lbs!! Holy cannoli. It was a tad heavy.

      We overnight in Cairo then leave tomorrow afternoon. Our flight isn't until 730pm.
      View from this hotel room is of the Nile this time!!
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      View is surreal!


      And 92lb suitcase. Try heaving that bad boy into the overhead? 🤣


      Well, at least you'll burn off some of the calories you consumed on your trip trying to drag that thing around. 92 lbs. Seriously???? [Andi]

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    • Day4

      Relaxing Day

      May 20, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 95 °F

      Slept great almost on Egypt time. Met our cruise manager Sameh. Had breakfast (enough for our entire floor). At spa enjoying green tea and mint going to jacuzzi. Yes thats a disposable bikini. Thank goodness there's a robe. 😉🤦‍♀️Read more

      Looks great! Except maybe the bikini 😳🤣 [Robin]


      Real life is gonna be so hard after this. [Andi]


      Ain't it the truth

    • Day19

      A visit to the Hanging Church

      January 8 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, also known as the Hanging Church, is one of the oldest churches in Egypt. It was probably built during the patriarchate of Isaac (690–692), though an earlier church building may have existed on the site as early as the 3rd or 4th century. The church was largely rebuilt by the Pope Abraham (975–978). It has seen many other restorations including an extensive repair and restoration of the church and its surroundings completed in 2011.

      The Hanging Church is so named because it was built above a gatehouse of the Roman fortress in Old Cairo. Its nave is suspended over a passage. The church is approached by twenty-nine steps. The land surface has risen by six metres since the Roman period, so the Roman tower is mostly buried below ground, reducing the visual impact of the church's elevated position.

      The design of the church is based on Noah's Ark with the barrel-vaulted roof representing the upturned hull of the ark. The church's interior is full of intricately carved wooden screens, bright stained glass, striking art, and religious icons.
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    • Day4

      Friday - it's the weekend!

      January 15, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      It's Friday and it's the weekend here so Kamal, Umna's husband, came out with us.
      We went to old Cairo and the markets.
      Very colorful markets with spices, fabrics, jewelry and more. Men praising their goods, loud music, all very busy. People enjoy their off day with a stroll through the old town and an outing into restaurants.

      Clothing-wise there is everything from whole covered women (burka) and man in their traditional galabeya to western clothing in jeans and t-shirts for both men and women.
      Also not all women cover their hair.

      Besides old Cairo we visited, a Derwish tempel (Sufi religion, a branch of the Islam) and two mosques. I love the outlay, the artwork, the lightening in the mosques. Stunning. The energy is very good, soothing. I find that in places where there have been prayers for many centuries the energy usually is very soothing and peaceful.

      I'm very fortunate because Kamal is a famous Egyptian director of photography and documentary films. You will notice the pictures are very good. Credit goes to Kamal!

      I bought a amethyst and had it made into a ring. The amethyst was six dollars, the silver and the making 45 dollars. I love the ring.
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    • Day3

      San Sergio's or Cave Church

      April 11, 2021 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Much is made here of the flight of the Holy Family from Herod's Slaughter of the Innocents. This church is on the site of a cave where the Holy Family is reported to have sheltered.
      The 1st picture is a small chapel in the very cave. At the bottom you can see a bit of the original cave. The 2nd is self explanatory. 3rd is an example of coptic/arabic translation. This church dates to before the switch to arabic and so has a collection of works from that period.
      4th is inside the church.
      Last is a map showing the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt. I'm told there are records from the time identifying where they stayed.
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    • Day3

      St George Greek Orthodox Church

      April 11, 2021 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      This is a round Greek Orthodox Church built on top of an old, perhaps Roman tower, hence it's locsl nickname as the Hanging Church. There is a seminary here and a monastery not far away.
      The first 3 pictures are in the church sanctuary. As you might imagine, there are more St. George icons here than I could count. The 4th picture is one of the oldest. The 5th looks through a cave like structure that has many of the icons, the one on the far wall is one example. The last picture is a 4th century baptismal font.Read more

    • Day2

      Cairo 1; Nat. Mus. Egyptian Civilization

      November 18, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      We landed at Cairo Airport yesterday and had our first experience of the rush hour traffic here.....

      A free day today and we visit The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, NMEC; this is located in Old Cairo and overlooks the natural lake of Ain Sina. The Museum was officially opened last year (April 2021) and is a cultural hub that displays artefacts in the chronological order of Prehistoric, Ancient (the time of the Pharaohs), Greco-Roman (after Alexander the Great and then the Romans), Coptic (the Egyptian form of Christianity), Muslim and Modern Periods.. An excellent experience. The most well-known period is, of course, the Ancient Period, but modern Egypt is now 85% Muslim and 15% Christian.

      Most significant is the Royal Mummy Room on the lower level where Royal coffins and mummies moved here from the main museums and sites of Egypt to centralise them in one place; they are displayed in chronological order of the dynasties. No photographs allowed, but an amazing display.

      We visit the temporary Egyptian Textiles Exhibition and enjoy the views outside the museum building, including The Dye-House, the only preserved archaeological remains of an Islamic dyehouse in Egypt, and The Citadel of Cairo (aka The Citadel of Saladin), a medieval Islamic era fortification.

      A great start to our Egypt Experience!
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      Wolfgang und Heidi

      Enjoy your trip !

    • Dec14

      Museum of Egyptian Civilization & Bazaar

      December 14, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      Built in 1901, the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo was home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, with over 120,000 items both on display and in storage. A new museum in Giza is almost completed (but very delayed) but the old museum will remain a major site in the centre of Cairo, but hopefully by less cluttered and more organized.

      We have not gone there yet, but went to a brand new museum called the national Museum of Egyptian Civilization.

      The crown jewel of the museum is the Hall of Mummies which displays the mummies of 18 kings and 2 queens of Egypt that were found in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. By the way, we will be taking the train to Luxor to see this valley on Saturday.

      After death, the pharaohs of Egypt usually were mummified and buried in elaborate tombs. Members of the nobility and officials often received the same treatment, and occasionally, common people. However, the process was an expensive one, beyond the means of many.
      Using special processes, the Egyptians removed all moisture from the body, leaving only a dried form that would not easily decay.

      It was important in the religion of the Ancient Egyptians to preserve the dead body in as life-like a manner as possible. It was a little creepy but when we looked at all of the mummified bodies, we had a fairly good idea of what the person looked like in life, 3000 years ago. So strange.

      The mummification process took seventy days. Special priests worked as embalmers, treating and wrapping the body. Beyond knowing the correct rituals and prayers to be performed at various stages, the priests also needed a detailed knowledge of human anatomy.

      No photos were allowed to be taken in this hall (bags were checked), but if you are interested, there are some great videos of what we saw on the internet.

      By the way, the area that the museum occupies used to be a huge slum. The government razed this area and offered new apartments to everyone who lived there.

      After getting our fill of reading about ancient Egyptian kings and queens we were taken to the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar. It is one of the world’s first markets and a maze of narrow alleys. Many artisans have shops here and are involved in the production of traditional crafts like metalwork. It is great place to just walk around and try to grasp what life was like 600 years ago when merchants came from all over the world to sell their merchandise in this market.

      Chris and I are pretty used to dealing with hagglers and even though we were warned about the aggressive salesmen, didn’t find it too bad. It is all a selling game and yes, they are experts. A guy tricked me, in a pleasant way. He invited curious me to see something that I have never seen before. I went upstairs and he asked me if I had ever seen his employee before. Of course I hadn’t so he got me. I laughed and said firmly that I was just looking, not buying, and headed back downstairs. It was pretty funny actually. All part of the game.

      I think that the market has become a tourist market though. The prices for objects are way overpriced. You have to be good at bartering to get the prices down. We were told that we should start by offering half of the price and then try to get to a price that we feel the object is worth to us. We did buy some Egyptian candies this way and it worked.
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    • Day8

      Koptisches Viertel ✝

      January 5, 2022 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Nach dem Museum ging es weiter in das koptische Viertel. In Ägypten leben etwa 10% koptische Christen. Die Kopten sind die orthodoxen oder katholischen Christen Ägyptens, es hat aber auch kleineren Gemeinden aussserhalb des Landes. In Viertel hat es verschiedene Kirchen ⛪ und eine Synagoge 🕍. Die Synagoge war leider geschlossen. Die erste Kriche die wir besucht haben war die Sergios-und-Bakchos-Kirche aus dem 4 Jahrhundert. Die Besonderheit der Kirche: In der Krypta im Keller sollen Maria und Josef mit Jesus mehrere Wochen gelebt haben. Weiter ging es in die hängende Kirche. Diese hat ihren Namen da sie auf einer alten römischen Zitadelle erbaut wurde. Sie ist die älteste Kirche in Kario, datiert auf das 3. Jahrhundert. Besonders schön fand ich hier die Mosaike vor der Kirche.Read more

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