Egypt

Egypt, particularly Luxor, has been one of my favourite destinations since 1990. I have photographed digitally on the last few trips but still need to catch up with my film albums.

two by two ...

On the banks of the River Nile - Egypt ...

poolside ...

Sunset at the Maritim Jolie Ville Luxor Island Resort in Egypt ...

break time ...

At the Maritim Jolie Ville Luxor Island Resort in Egypt ...

G&T III ...

Sunset G&T at the Maritim Jolie Ville Luxor Island Resort in Egypt ...

silence for the sun ...

At the Maritim Jolie Ville Luxor Island Resort in Egypt ... best watched with a Gin & Tonic!

oven ... lattice ... shadow

The bread oven at the hotel on King's Island at Luxor - Egypt LeedsFlickrGroup TOTW # 182 'Shadow'

two by two II ...

The Little Egret (Egretta Garzetta) flying over the River Nile in Luxor - Egypt

... fire!

Safety at the Maritim Jolie Ville Luxor Island Resort in Egypt ...

... is there life on mars?

Flying from Cairo to Luxor across the Sahara Desert ...

spheres of light ...

Interior of The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque in Cairo - Egypt ...

forecourt ...

The forecourt of The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque in Cairo - Egypt ...

saqqara ...

The enormous Saqqara 'step' pyramid being renovated for safety ... see how tiny the workmen look on the third step down! 'Sakkara is best known for the Step Pyramid, the oldest known of Egypt's 97 pyramids. It was built for King Djoser of the 3rd Dynasty by the architect and genius Imhotep, who designed it and its surrounding complex to be as grand as it was unique and revolutionary. Imhotep was the first to build stone tombs in honor of the king's majesty.'

business ...

On a very hot and very early morning the stall keepers and tourist police are waiting for business in Memphis ... 'Memphis was the capital city of ancient Egypt during the Old Kingdom (c. 2575-c. 2130 BCE). Closely associated with the ancient city's site, 25 km south of Cairo, are the cemeteries, or necropolises, of Memphis, where the famous pyramids of Egypt and the Great Sphinx are located. From north to south, the main pyramid fields are: Abu Ruwaysh, Giza, Zawayet el-Aryan, Abu Sir, Saqqarah, and Dahshur. Memphis was founded around 3100 BCE, perhaps by the pharaoh Menes who united upper and lower Egypt for the first time. One of the greatest cities of the ancient world, it was filled with palaces, gardens, and temples. Apart from the royal pyramids and other tombs of its necropolises, much of it is permanently lost.'

mirror mirror ...

The Pyramids in Giza - Egypt

wonder ...

The Great Sphinx in Giza - Egypt

no nose ... no crop

The Great Sphinx in Giza - Egypt

that toblerone moment ... 49 / 52

giza egypt pyramids ... '52 Weeks' - self portraits ...

camel ... cop ... cairo

Actually on the Giza plateau at the base of the pyramids ...

security ...

Security guards ride camels at the Pyramids - Giza - Egypt

keepin' cool in Karnak ...

Karnak Temple in Luxor - Egypt ... The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isut (most select of places) by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amun, Mut and Khonsu. Karnak temple is the biggest temple in Egypt, owing its monumental size to 1300 years of construction.

tower ...

Karnak Temple ... Luxor ... Egypt

on the edge II ...

On the edge of the River Nile in Upper Egypt ...

dry dock ...

The MS Nile Admiral is part of Presidential Nile Cruises which was founded in 1979 and was the first company to commercialize cruises on the Nile. It's of interest to me as we've been on two Presidential Cruises in the 1990's including a cruise from Cairo to Aswan in 1990 which nowadays is not always possible. www.pnccruises.com/

on the edge I ...

On the edge of the River Nile in Upper Egypt ...

dragon in esna ...

Spotted on a pot plant on the deck of our boat whilst waiting to go through the lock in Esna - Egypt ...

'Welcome to Egypt' ...

Going through Esna Lock on the River Nile - Esna - Egypt

capitals ...

The Temple of Khnum in Isna (Esna) ... The temple, which lies in a pit below the level of the houses in Isna, is dedicated to the god, Khnum. This the ram god that was worshipped through out this area and who fashioned mankind from mud of the Nile on his potter's wheel. He was associated with other gods, including Menhyt (his consort), Nebtu (the goddess of the countryside) and Hka (the manifestation of vital energy). While all that remains of the temple is the Great Hypostyle Hall, surrounding ruins of the ancient complex and city have yet to be excavated due to the modern housing built on the site. The temple sits atop the ruins of earlier temple(s).

... taxi!

A calash in Esna - Egypt ... LeedsFlickrGroup TOTW # 181 'Transport'

down the well ...

Seen at Kom Ombo Temple - Egypt ... The 'well' is actually a gauge of the water level of the River Nile ... in ancient times, before the two dams at Aswan, farmers taxes were based on river height, more water and silt would improve productivity.

suspension ...

Reflection of a suspension bridge across the River Nile in Upper Egypt ...

jaws ...

A live and kicking crocodile seen in Aswan - Egypt

coffee break ...

An early morning coffee stop at a Nubian farm during a bird watching trip on a small boat on the Nile near the Aswan cateract in Egypt.

jar jar ...

Sorry, but this was a truly ugly goat ... seen on a Nubian farm on the banks of the river Nile in Aswan - Egypt ...

new friend ...

Wannasonic and friend at a Nubian farm in Aswan - Egypt

division ...

The Sahara Desert almost reaches the River Nile in Aswan ... taken on an early morning bird watching trip through the Aswan cateract ...

tranquility ...

This is the Mausoleum of the spiritual leader of the Ismailis, a Shi'ite sect (as were the Fatimid) Sultan Mahommed Shah, Aga Khan III. The Mausloleum is on the west bank of the Nile in Aswan and used to be open to the public, I remember visiting it many years ago. It has unfortunately been closed due to damage caused by tourism. Aga Khan III was extremely wealthy. In fact, his people say that on his birthday in the year 1945 he was weighed in diamonds, which he then gave to his followers in a spirit of generosity. The mausoleum was built according to his wife Yvette Blanche Labrousse’s (Mata Salama) wishes. After Aga Khan’s death, his surviving widow continued to leave a red rose on his white Carrara marble tomb. Living in the villa, she managed to do this faithfully until her own death in 2000. Even to this day, as per request of Mata Salama, a red rose still finds its way to the sarcophagus.

red ... blue ... green

On the Nile near Aswan - Egypt

McAswan ...

You just can't escape that red and yellow logo anywhere! Aswan - Egypt ...

light & shade ...

Early morning at the market in Aswan - Egypt

joy ...

Colourful and very talented Nubian dancer in Aswan - Egypt

metallica ...

Nile Valley Sunbird (anthodiaeta metallica) seen in Aswan - Egypt

... save me!

The only people who have to wear (or carry) life vests in the whole of Egypt are the Brits for 'insurance' purposes ... oh how silly we look ... however it makes for colourful reflections! Philae Temple trip (on an island) in Aswan - Egypt

dam ...

Aswan High Dam ... looking out to Lake Nasser

ventilation ...

On the banks of the River Nile - Aswan - Egypt

Sheik Yer Bouti ...

On the Nile cruise in Egypt ... getting ready for dinner ... ;-)

new broom ...

Somewhere near Edfu Temple in Egypt ...

boat boys ...

These guys sometimes risk injury as they try and sell clothing and artifacts to passengers on the large cruise ships on The Nile ... This is at Esna Lock on the way to Aswan - Egypt

streetlife II ...

The main road on the West Bank of The Nile leading to Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Valley of the Kings. To the right of the road and out of view here are the Colossi of Memnon ...

colossi with dates ...

'The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years (since 1350 BC) they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. They weigh an estimated 700 tons each and reach a towering 18 metres (approx. 60 ft) in height.'

4 go mad in luxor ...

Outside Queen Hatshepsut's Temple on the West Bank of the Nile in Egypt ...

kings n queens ...

Queen Hatshepsut's Temple on the West Bank of the River Nile facing Luxor - Egypt

steps ...

Steps leading up to the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut on the West Bank across from Luxor - Egypt ...

hats n suits ...

Queen Hatshepsut's Temple on the West Bank of the River Nile facing Luxor - Egypt

keepin' cool ...

Queen Hatshepsut's Temple on the West Bank of the River Nile facing Luxor - Egypt

Hussin...

Luxor - Egypt... Hussin owns a felucca and a motor launch that are based at the Iberotel in Luxor. He has lived in England for a few years only to return to a more relaxed and Egyptian lifestyle. His boat is named 'May' after his daughter.

nile...dusk...'taxi'

The Nile - Egypt...this was taken on one of our sunset trips down the Nile...this Egyptian family were on a small island in the centre of the river...a popular place for feluccas to stop and watch the bird life.

laundry day ...

River Nile - Egypt

home delivery...

Luxor - Egypt Delivering the groceries to one of the cruise boats.

...on yer bike!

Luxor - Egypt

rug...reflection

Luxor - Egypt

dance in the shadows...

...for briggate.com ;-) Luxor Egypt

satellite of love ...

Somewhere in Luxor - Egypt

a quiet place to read...

...and a choice of transportation! Luxor - Egypt - A popular place for contemplation!

basket...desert...burner

Ballooning in Luxor Egypt - March 2008

back into the bag...

Ballooning in Luxor Egypt - March 2008

desert shadow...

West Bank - Luxor - Egypt

Hatshepsut's Temple at dawn...

Hot air balloon trip ... West Bank - Luxor - Egypt

early morning Nile view...

Ballooning in Luxor Egypt - March 2008

sunrise...yellow...balloon

West Bank of the Nile - Luxor - Egypt - The view from our balloon at sunrise...

take off...5 a.m.

Ballooning in Luxor Egypt - March 2008

sun...shadow...shine

Luxor Temple - Egypt

follow me ...

Luxor Temple - Egypt

sphinx avenue...

Luxor Temple - Egypt

corner shop ...

A great source of Tonic Water for the gin and other liquid refreshments! In the middle of the road outside the Iberotel in Luxor Egypt ...

feeling small...

foto.newbie explores Karnak Temple... Luxor - Egypt

night shadows...

Egyptian garden

fishing...

The River Nile - Luxor - Egypt

west bank silhouette...

... taken from the River Nile on a motor launch we hired for the afternoon. Luxor - Egypt

...by the banks of The Nile

West Bank - Luxor - Egypt

camel train ...

West Bank - Luxor - Egypt

felucca sunset...

The Nile - Egypt

heights...

Iberotel - Luxor - Egypt

stripes...

Luxor Egypt

new traditions...

River Nile - Luxor - Egypt

Santa Claus!

Luxor - Egypt

No!

Luxor - Egypt

Cracked Pharoah

Luxor Temple - Egypt

Avenue of Sphinxes

Karnak Temple - Luxor - Egypt

Another busy day...

Karnak Temple - Luxor - Egypt

Karnak Temple

Karnak Temple - Luxor - Egypt

Luxor Temple & Mosque of Abu'l Haggag

Christmas Eve in Luxor - Egypt