Death (of the internet) on the Nile.

Since leaving Cairo our internet connections and therefore ability to publish any new photos has been limited.

In fact it was slower than our bus through the Cairo traffic.

So I have decided to publish everything since leaving Cairo two weeks ago.

Either click on the place name links below or go straight to the ‘Photography’ tab in the tool bar.

 

El Alamein and Alexandria. 

Partly cloudy in El Alamein, which added to the somberness of the location. Then the sun came out in Alexandria which was excellent for snapping some of the locals.

 

Luxor, the Necropolis of Thebes, Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

The air is clear and dry with golden sunsets over the west bank of the Nile near Luxor.

A dawn ballooning trip gave us a different perspective and wonderful views of the Nile from the air.

With this light, it’s easy to see why the ancient Egyptians used vibrant blues, illuminating golds and rich ochres to so skilfully decorate the tombs of their kings and temples of their gods.

 

Luxor to Aswan and Abu Simbel.

We travelled from Luxor to Aswan with a side trip to Abu Simbel.

The same clear, dry weather continues with deep blue skies. The golden desert is just beyond a ribbon of fertile land that clings to the banks of the Nile.

Everyone is madly snapping.

 

Philai Temple, dedicated to goddess Isis.

Like the temples at Abu Simbel, the Philai Temple was moved 550 meters to a new island, Agilika, to make way for the Aswan High Dam.

 

Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s.

We climbed for over three hours, through the night, to get to Mount Sinai, or Mount Moses as the locals call it.

The idea was to witness the sunrise from the summit.

The sunrise wasn’t spectacular but the light on the mountains, just after dawn, gave everything a golden glow.

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