S: EGYPT 2011
FC: CANTON TO CAIRO | EGYPT JANUARY 2011
1: The Pyramids
2: Size of individual block
3: CHEOPS | Close-up view of size of pyramid blocks | Choeps Pyramid Largest of the three | Cheops pyramid Largest of the three
4: Standing on the wall of Pyramid
5: E | Entrance to Pyramid
6: Close-up of Kahfre Pyramid showing characteristic hood 136.5m high, 210.5m wide
7: Looking from the pyramid down the valley toward the sphinx
8: Ride anyone?
9: Try a camel ride
10: Mounted police
11: Princes & family buried here | View across the valley
13: Making Alabaster pots by hand
14: Views of the Sphinx. Has head of man & body of lion. Nose used for target practice by military | feet of sphinx | Sphinx in likeness of King Khafre whose tomb is in back ground
15: Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Ceiling and ornate stairway leading to pulpit.Alabaster used for many decorative features. | court yard with ablutions fountain
16: Mosque at night | Where the young gather | Tomb of Muhammad Ali
17: View from hotel window
18: Temple at Karnak | Temple at Luxor Obelisk height to show father superior to son | These 4 statues of pink granite | Temple of Amon-Ra
19: Obelisk on back of chair
20: Temple at Luxor
21: Inside temple | Color on figures still visible
22: Avenue of Sphinxs | Avenue of the Sphinx | Avenue of the Sphinx
23: Large columns held in place by granite beams on top | Temple at Karnak
24: Rams head sphinx guard entrance to Karnak Temple
25: Colossi of Memnon remains of mortuary temple sandstone statues 18m high
26: Valley of the Kings Temple of Queen Hatshepsut Passed herself off as a King
27: Reconstruction ongoing
28: Children on farm we visited. Outdoor oven / Farm animals share house with family
29: Cruise ship on the Nile River | Entertainment on ship
30: Party night on ship Tour guide, Hosam, in center | Cute kid on trip "Noah"
31: Black granite statue of falcon god Horus wearing double crown of Upper & Lower Egypt in Edfu | Figures of gods Horus & Hathor to whom were offered captives in sacrifice | Ptolemaic Temple at Kom Ombro honoring gods Horus & Sobek
32: Falcon god guards entrance to temple of Horus | Boat to be used in the afterlife
34: Temple at Kom Ombro | Chair used for childbirth
36: Wives and children are depicted around the statues
37: Entrance to Abu Simbel - the most unusual & majestic temple in Egypt. Was carved in a mountain by the lake, later dismantled & moved up the hillside and reassembled piece by piece due to flooding of Lake Nassar. The four colossol statues are of Ramses II.
38: Lake Nassar
39: To the left of Ramses II temple is the temple of Hathor which was dedicated to Nefertari, his best loved wife. Ramses stands on each side of Nefertari on each side of entrance. This is the only time a consort of a sovereign has been represented on the facade of a temple as large as the statue of her husband. For her Ramses had this temple cut in fine white solid stone. This temple also was moved up the hillside due to flooding of Lake Nassar. | Lake Nassar
40: The Temple at Philae in Aswan. One of three best preserved Ptolemaic temples. Only priests arriving by boat from Philae were allowed to celebrate sacred rites here. Because of its beauty, sometimes called 'pearl of Egypt'
41: Thought to be the first altar used for sacrifices | The flowers papyrus & lotus used to decorate top of columns
42: Boarding our sailboat on the Nile River
43: Papyrus plant cut in strips & soaked in water | Strips laid in rows & placed in press to squeeze water out and left to dry
44: Granite quaries in Aswan Above on left is an unfinished obelisk. Was to have been 42m high weighing 1,150 tons. Never finished due to cracks. | Deep pit from which granite was removed. | Guard house at top of quary
45: cemetery in Aswan | Mosque in lower right
46: High Dam Site in Aswan Built to control flooding of the Nile River. Aswan is where Egypt ends and Nubia begins, the doorway to Black Africa. Here the Nile ends and Lake Nassar begins.
47: Check out all the rooftop Satellite dishes!
48: Spending the night in the Cairo airport
49: This ends a fabulous trip to Egypt. A place I only read about in history books and the Bible. Who could have imagined ever traveling to the land where the Israelites wandered about in slavery for 40 years waiting to get to the Promised Land. Where Moses used his staff to cause the Red Sea to divide and thus led the Israelites to freedom. Here where the pyramids soar to the sky, the huge granite sphinx is an everyday sight to the people living here. Camels race across the dessert with ease and fly faster than horses. The Nile River meanders here and there, thus giving life to the surrounding area. The artifacts from King Tut's tomb on display for all to enjoy. What a display of household items and gold covered relics. Cairo now is a busy city of cars, buses, horses with carts and no stop lights. Streets marked for four lanes have five or more lanes of traffic with only inches between vehicles. Cross traffic comes from all directions and everyone seems to expect this. Foot traffic also shares the street. Our guide. 'Sam' was very knowledgeable about Egyptian history and willingly shared this in an interesting way, keeping everyone interested. Unfortunately the trip ended with a lot of civil disobedience in Cairo. Citizens were tired of low wages, one dollar a day, and wanted to have better working conditions. This led to the resignation of Mubarik and the election of a new leader, and hopefully better living conditions for the Egyptian people. Had there not been a snow storm in NYC, we would have left with no problem. We finally left Cairo 2 1/2 days later after spending the night in the airport, waiting 6 hours in line, and getting the last 2 tickets, on the last plane, in first class, home. There definitely is no place like the USA, Thanks, Nancy Ott, for sharing this experience with me. | What a fantastic experience to travel to the land of Egypt. A place I had known only through history books and the Bible. A place where the Israelites had wandered in the desert as slaves to the Pharaoh for 40 years. A place where Moses raised his staff and the Red Sea parted and he led the Israelites to freedom. Here is where Joseph and Mary fled to escape with their infant son, Jesus, when they learned of King Herod's plan to kill all baby boys. A place where pyramids soar to the sky, the sphinx is an everyday sight to the citizens. Camels fly across the desert sand faster than any horse. The Nile River meanders thru the countryside and everything flourishes in its path. Here the streets are marked for 4 lanes of traffic, but actually have 5 or 6, with cars, buses, trucks, horse drawn carts all moving within inches of each other. Cross traffic merges with respect for each other, and not a traffic light in sight. The Nile River was just a faraway river and here I was taking a cruise on it. The artifacts from the tomb of King Tut is in a museum for all to see. What a sight to see the household items and all the gold encrusted items that were once buried with him. Our guide, Hosam, was very knowledgeable about Egyptian history and very willing to share this with us in such an interesting way that he kept every ones interest thruout the entire journey. Unfortunately the trip ended just as the citizens were staging a civil disturbance. They wanted better wages and living conditions. The going wage is one dollar a day. They wanted Mubarik to resign, which he eventually did. They have now held an election to have a new leader. This was being staged in Cairo which was very close to our hotel. So, we were advised to stay in the hotel. This would have been no problem had there not been a huge snow storm in New York and no planes were able to leave. After 2 1/2 days in the hotel we went to the airport and spent the night there as now there was a curfew and pilots were unable to get to the airport. The next morning after standing in lines for 6 hours, we finally got the last 2 tickets, on the last plane to leave Cairo for NYC, in first class. We really felt fortunate to be on that plane. There really is no place like the USA! Thank you, Nancy Ott, for sharing this fantastic journey with me.