Saturday, March 8, 2008

Egypt Photos

This is a panorama of the pyramids of Giza. The Egyptian dress up in tradition clothing with their camels and charge you for taking photos of them or with them. One Egyptian pound (about 20 cents)for photo with person, five for photo with camel. Lucky for them they have the camel. Some people lug buckets filled with water to sell at three pounds per bottle.

Mosque in Alexandria. Inside it's divided into two sides (by a screen), one for women and one for men. As soon as we got in the women in our group noticed the women's side is a lot smaller. 'Why do we have a lot less space than the men?' asked one gal in an accusing voice. 'Because women can choose between praying at home or in the mosque, men can't' 'Oh. Well, ok'

Temple of Philea. This is during the Greek time in Egypt. Therefore you see Greek influence in the buildings.

Abu Simbel. You can travel to Abu Simbel in three ways. By cruise (the best way to see Egypt I think), by plane (20 minutes flight from Assuan), or by bus (4 hours drive I'm told).

Feluccas. Well, I call them sail boats. Me and Sis took one in the afternoon and watched the sunset, while everyone else rode camels. Of course it was praying time for the Nubians so they just prayed towards mecca at the front of the sail boat. It was a neat experience. The sunset and quiet all around us, Nubians in their long robes(very bad of me not to remember what they are called) praying at the front of the boat.

That's our hot air balloon...on the ground. We woke up at 4:30am to get there but it was too windy to fly. Oh well, we saw a great sunrise over Luxor. I definitely recommend it though. It's quite cheap compared to if we do it anywhere else (only 80USD for 1 hour) and you will see the Valley of the Kings and the Nile from the air.

One of the earlier pyramids in Saqqara.


Canadian Saver said...

Those are awesome pictures!! Must have been the trip of a lifetime!

PiggyBankBlues said...

wow, that is so cool!!! thanks for posting!

Dolly Iris said...

What a great post. very interesting!
You are brave to want to go up in the balloon!