Egypt facts & history
Egypt is surrounded by the Mediterranean
and Red Sea, Israel, Sudan and Libya.
Mainly hot and arid, year/s can pass without rain.
Most of the population of nearly 60 million,
live in or around Cairo or the fertile Nile valley.
Egypt's history goes back five thousand years or so
and being one of the first civilisations on earth.
Some of the interesting things are the history,
Pyramids, Sphynx, other ruins, Suez Canal, Aswan High Dam,
the River Nile and the great Qattara Depression.
We entered the Sinai from Eilat in Israel.
After a lot of hassle at the Egyptian Border Post,
we had to return to Eilat, get another Visa and have
another try the next day.
After some more hassles with the
transport operators and a delay of 5-6 hours,
we were on our way in a rickety
old taxi to the St Catherine's
Monastery in the desert,
at the foot of Mt. Sinai.
Christians, Muslims and Jews around
here all believe in buckshi (Bribe or tip).
By a van, that rushed just before
a scheduled bus to 'pinch' his customers,
(We only found out as we progressed),
we crossed the other half of the Sinai to Suez.
After exploring Suez and the
surrounds, we bussed to Alexandria.
From Alexandria we trained to Cairo
and after a few days on to Aswan.
In Aswan we took time out to fly to Abu Simbel.
Finishing with Aswan we were driven
by a van to Luxor, visiting all the
attractions in between, like Kom Omo
Temple and many others.
Luxor of course another thing altogether.
It is chock-a-block with attractions.
Karnak and Luxor Temples, Hatshepsut
and the Valleys of the Kings and
Queens just to mention a few.
Than we returned to Cairo to for a
final look and farewell Egypt and
an unforgettable experience.
was Egypt's capital throughout
the Old Kingdom.
During the New Kingdom the capital was
shifted to Thebes, but Memphis remained
Egypt's second important city
until early Muslim times.
Slowly becoming deserted after four
thousand years, now lies
metres below ground.
The city was built of mud-brick and
covered over, slowly returned to the
desert. The stone temples were
pillaged over the centuries.
A few visible ruins are a
tourist attraction now.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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