S: Karen and Julie get the point in Egypt - February 2009
BC: Egypt: Journey of a Lifetime | Featuring Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, Abu Simbel, a Nile cruse, and Luxor | Karen and Julie's photo book
FC: Karen and Julie | February 2009 | get the point in Egypt
1: Days 1-3 Cairo Coptic Cairo, Mohammed Ali Mosque, pyramids, Egyptian Museum Day 4 Alexandria Pompey's Pillar, the catacombs, and the library Day 5 Cairo, Overnight train Wadi Natrun monasteries, train to Aswan Days 6-7 Aswan Felucca ride to Nubian village, Abu Simbel, horse carriage tour Days 8-9 Nile River Cruise Cruising the Nile with stops at Kom Ombo and Edfu temples Days 10-11 Luxor Balloon ride, Valley of the Kings, temples of Hatshepsut, Karnak Day 12 Cairo Khan El Khalili Bazaar | Itinerary
2: Cairo | Coptic Church
3: Sunset cruise on the Nile in our own felucca -- complete with dinner and wine
4: Mohammed Ali Mosque
5: We | We were treated to our own private call to prayer demonstration
6: After a visit to Ibn Tulun mosque, we enjoyed a bowl of kosherie (a lentil dish) at a local restaurant
7: The Pyramids of Giza
9: Getting down is not as easy as it looks | Me, too!
10: "Missed me, missed me..."
11: In the "City of the Dead," people live, work, and play in what is basically a huge, sprawling cemetery in the heart of Cairo
12: Khan El Khalili Bazaar, downtown Cairo
13: Alexandria | Shawarma sandwiches -- fast food Egyptian style
14: Touring in Alexandria | Amazing library | A rainbow!
15: A visit to Wadi Natrun, a Coptic Monastery
16: Overnight train ride from Cairo to Aswan
17: An evening cruise on the Nile... | Aswan
18: ...with gorgeous scenery and a visit to a Nubian village for an in-home dinner
19: The next morning we flew to...
20: Abu Simbel | The Kings' Tombs
21: The Queens' Tombs | The Queens?
22: One of Julie's many admirers | Abu Simbel was relocated here in 1968 to keep it from being submerged when the Aswan Dam was built
23: Back in Aswan, a carriage ride followed by...
24: ...an evening of "sheesha" smoking (flavored tobacco... really) | Mom lights up (prelude to a life of crime)
25: Julie begins the quest to find her own sheesha pipe
26: Philae Temple
28: Cruisin' the Nile
30: Towel art | Shipboard entertainment
31: Kom Ombo
32: Edfu | Built between 237 and 57 BC, Edfu was the largest temple dedicated to the falcon god Horus
33: Valley of the Kings
34: The exteriors gave no indication of the riches within, which of course was the idea.
35: The more popular tombs were crowded. No photos were allowed inside; the ones at left are from the Internet. | Tomb of Ramsses Vi (not VII)
36: Hatshepsut's Temple
37: Hat | Colossi of Memnon | From hot air balloon the next morning
38: Up, up, and away...
41: Seeing the West Bank from a hot air balloon was the highlight of the trip. Julie's bubbles, floating with the balloons, enhanced the experience
42: It took five men to get the balloon down
43: After the balloon ride, we took a horse carriage to...
44: The Temples of Karnak
45: The Egyptian tourists seemed to enjoy it as much as we did
46: Mom gets the point... ... | ...and goes around the beetle (for luck in love) | Evening light show
47: Luxor Temple | Christian art was painted over Egyptian reliefs when the Romans invaded
48: Success at last! Julie buys a sheesha pipe after a long and friendly bargaining session with Mr. Abdul
49: Is it time for a nap yet? | Sounds good to me!