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  • Day7

    Felucca on the Nile

    December 30, 2016 in Egypt

    This was one of our more adventurous trips of the year - 2 nights on a traditional Egyptian sail boat. It was fairly primitive but a great experience!

    The boat had one flat and padded area for the 12 of us to sleep on "sardine style". The boat had 4 crew members, but no motor or bathroom. The cook had a small stove top, and somehow managed to make some of the best food of the entire Egypt trip on it.

    We really got to know the rest of our tour group much better after living together on the boat. There wasn't much to do other than relaxing and gaze into the sunny horizon, but the time passed quickly eating, drinking, swimming, playing games, and building a campfire on the shore where we docked for the night.

    Certainly a memorable experience on the Nile!
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  • Day36

    Felucca Ride

    June 14, 2015 in Egypt

    The Felucca ride was a lot of fun, we were singing and dancing around the boat with an Egyptian lad. Also as we were drifting along two children on a paddle board held on to the side of the boat and began singing to us, it wasn't long until they started putting their hand out for money.

  • Day36

    Nubian Village

    June 14, 2015 in Egypt

    The Nubian Village was very interesting, the guide we had was very knowledgeable as he is married to a Nubian.
    As we walked into his house there was a glass tank with a baby crocodile inside and then larger cage with two larger crocodiles inside. The guide said they will keep the crocodiles until they are about 8 years old then release them back into the lake. They keep them in their houses to warn bad spirts away. If they die they take meat out and dry the skin in the sun with salt and hang it on a door in the house.
    Most Nubians speak Nubian (which is only an oral language, not written), Arabic and English.
    A lot of words are missing in the Nubian language and are often replaced with English words. Which makes it easier for English speakers to pick up conversation topic whereas it is unlikely that English speakers will pick up conversation topic if they were speaking Arabic.
    Another interesting fact is that Egyptian women move into the mans house and
    Nubian men move into females house.
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  • Day37

    Abu Simbil - Two Temples

    June 15, 2015 in Egypt

    These two temples are incredible! The Great Temple of Ramesses II is on the left and the Small Temple of Nefertari is on the right.

    The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel (أبو سمبل in Arabic), a village in Nubia, southern Egypt, near the border with Sudan. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road).

    The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh.

    The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Damreservoir. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.

    The temples were incredible inside, once again we weren't able to take photos inside. The walls were lined with pictures carved into the wall and painted.
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  • Day25

    Day 24: Abu Simbel

    March 29, 2011 in Egypt

    Abu Simbel is one of the most famous of the ancient Egyptian temples, situated near the Sudanese border 260km south of Aswan. Getting there required a 3 hour drive, leaving Aswan at 4:30am. We drove in a convoy of 20-odd tourist buses, and a small military escort. We jokingly hoped the military cars were to ward off the souvenir sellers!

    Arrived in Abu Simbel on time around 7:30am and it's one of the most awe-inspiring places I've ever seen. The temple is built into the face of a cliff, guarded by 30 metre high statues of Pharoah Ramesses II portraying himself as a god. The facade is just incredible, and the inside is also very impressive for its size and richly detailed carvings.

    His temple to one of his wives, Nefertari, stands nearby as well. Also very impressive but not in the same league as the main temple. Incredibly, both temples were painstakingly moved in the 1970s, as the downstream construction of the Aswan High Dam would have submerged them both. How the place isn't a wonder of the world is beyond me!

    After a couple of hours worth of open-mouthed wandering, we boarded the bus for the long trip back to Aswan. On the way back we stopped at Philae temple on an island in the Nile, which was very pretty but my hieroglyph quota was fast filling up for the day.

    Spent another lazy afternoon wandering and relaxing before another trip to the marketplace where I bought a hat and some souvenirs. Dinner at the same restaurant before a brief tea and shisha session with Jess, one of the Canadian girls. Stocked up on pastries and biscuits as we were boarding our boat for the journey northwards in the morning.
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  • Day26

    Day 25: Felucca & Nubian Homestay

    March 30, 2011 in Egypt

    First sleep-in for uncounted days, as we had no activities before midday when we boarded our felucca. It's a moderate-sized sailing boat with a huge mattress and a sail.

    We enjoyed a few very peaceful hours sailing up the Nile towards Luxor while reading books, or playing backgammon before arriving at our home for the night: a small Nubian village by the river. It was actually someone's home, slightly converted into a hotel. We played cards for a couple of hours and wandered the village with our hosts and some local children who tagged along.

    It was a lovely relaxing place. The home-cooked meal was delicious and included a dish of stewed camel which was nice (aside from the huge chunks of fat). The taste and texture were pretty similar to beef!
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  • Day4

    Beit el Wali

    February 27 in Egypt

    Ebenfalls auf diese Insel versetzt wurde der wesentlich ältere Felsentempel Beit el Wali ("Haus des Statthalters"), der von Ramses II. in den Fels getrieben wurde. Nachdem beim Mandulis-Tempel die Deutschen federführend waren, haben hier die Polen ihren Beitrag geleistet. Das Innere des kleinen Tempels enthält unfassbar gut erhaltene farbliche Reliefs, die uns begeistern.
    Die heute freistehende Vorhalle, ursprünglich nach hinten in den Berg getrieben, stellt Szenen aus seinen Kriegen dar, ist aber nicht so gut erhalten. Der später geänderte Thronname Ramses' und die Erwähnung nur seiner ersten Kriege weisen auf eine frühe Bauzeit unter seiner 1279 v. Chr. begonnenen Regentschaft hinRead more

  • Day7

    Abu Simbel

    March 2 in Egypt

    Morgens um kurz nach 8 Uhr brechen wir auf zur Besichtigung von Abu Simbel. Ramses II. ließ sich mitten in der Wüste Nubiens einen großen Tempel für sich und einen kleinen Tempel für seine Große königliche Gemahlin und Lieblingsfrau Nefertari anlegen. Man kann das warum wohl kurz zusammfassen: weil er es konnte!
    Zum einen konnte Ramses sich und seine Frau hier an den Außengrenzen seines Reiches als Gott unter Göttern präsentieren, zum anderen dienten die Tempel sicherlich der Selbstdarstellung im Sinne von Stärke, Macht und Geld.

    Der große Tempel inklusive der Fassade wurde komplett aus dem Fels geschlagen und war Re-Harachte und Amun-Re geweiht. Zu seiner Zeit sicherlich eine Meisterleistung der Ingenieurskunst, ebenso wie seine Versetzung in den 60er Jahren, um diese einmaligen Kunstschätze vor den Fluten des Nassersees zu retten.

    33 m ist die Tempelfassade hoch, 50 m tief der Tempel in den Berg getrieben. Ohne Frage kommt man sich klein vor.
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  • Day3

    Omar el Khayam

    February 26 in Egypt

    Pünktlich um 12 verlassen wir Kairo aber sowas von gut sicherheitsdurchgecheckt - ein schnöder Kugelschreiber in der Hasenhandtasche erregt den Unmut der Sicherheitskontrolle 🙄 - mit Egypt Air Express, und anderthalb Stunden später landen wir in Assuan. Wir sind tatsächlich erstaunt, dass wir ohne erneute Sicherheitskontrolle das Flughafengebäude verlassen dürfen.
    Immerhin, die Koffer sind da, alles gut. Und es ist hier wesentlich wärmer als in Kairo, das ist auch gut 😎

    Aber die nächste Überraschung wartet schon auf uns, wir haben, wie schon vor 4 Jahren auf der Dahabeya, einen Reiseleiter nur für uns, der uns die nächste Woche begleiten wird. Damit hatten wir nicht gerechnet. Und hoffen sehr, dass wir trotzdem ein bisschen Privatsphäre haben werden.

    Das "Kreuzfahrtterminal" von Assuan ist ein Ort, an dem man nicht allein unterwegs sein möchte... 😳
    5 der 7 Schiffe, die auf dem Nassersee normalerweise fahren, rosten hier vor sich hin. Für unseres bleibt dort kein Platz mehr, liegt daher auf Reede und wir werden hingetendert.

    Das Allinklusivearmband schockiert uns, aber ein Mittagessen und eine Dusche später ist die Welt wieder in Ordnung.

    Die nächsten Tage wird es auf dem Pinguin ein bisschen ruhiger, WLAN ist nicht 😉
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  • Day8

    Derr Felsentempel

    March 3 in Egypt

    Auch der Felsentempel Derr stand mal direkt an den Ufern des Nils. Hier haben wir einen Tempel aus der Frühzeit von Ramses II., mit seinen 37m Länge einer der größten Felsentempel Ägyptens. Die Kolossalstatuen des Pharao, die einst das Portal zierten, wie in Abu Simbel, sind schon lange nicht mehr. Das Innere mit seinen herrlichen bunten Reliefs aber ist außerordentlich sehenswert. Wie Abu Simbel war der Tempel von Derr ebenfalls den Göttern Amun-Re, Ptah, Re-Harachte und dem König selbst geweiht.
    Ramses II. hat sich hier drin regelrecht selber übersteigert in den Berechnungen der jeweils Millionen Jahre, die er leben wollte. Ob er das heute auch noch so sehen würde, nachdem er in Kairo im Glaskasten liegt?
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at Aswān, Muhafazat Aswan, Aswan, أسوان

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