A Passion For Egypt

Goddess Anukhet - Musee du Louvre

Reflections on plundered art and antiquities in museums around the world through the treasures in the Egyptian Antiquities section of the Louvre Museum in particular. #Art #Travel

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Egypt – Star Gazing In Dendera

Temple of Hathor - Dendera, Egypt

The art and architecture of the ancient Egyptians is amazing enough. That they could also map the sky, nearly as well as it is done in the 21st century, is simply astounding! A bas relief – the Zodiac of Dendera – that was found in the Temple of Hathor proves this beyond a doubt. This 8 feet […]

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Egypt – Abydos & The Raising Of The Djed

The most interesting aspect of Egypt for me is the abundance of fantastic myths and stories along with a mind boggling array of Gods almost rivalling those in the Hindu pantheon. And the most intriguing among them is the myth of Osiris and Isis. The story of the murder, dismemberment and subsequent resurrection of Osiris (long enough […]

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Egypt – Sunsets On The Nile

Past emerald plains and furrowed mountains old, Whose violet gorges snare the wandering eye, The pillared palms day’s dying embers hold, Like shafts of bronze against the crimson sky, And every cloud mirrors its rosy fold In tremulous waves which blush and wander by We float, and feel the magic penetrate, Till all our soul […]

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Egypt – The Twin Temples Of Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel Temple - Egypt

No history lessons today! There is plenty of that and fascinating details of the salvage and relocation of these amazing temples here and here.  This is an account of how we planned our visit. And what we would do differently if we are fortunate enough to return. There are two ways to get to Abu Simbel. Convoys – private and […]

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Egypt – Ozymandias & The Cult Of Personality!

If you are under the impression, as I was, that Tutankhamen was the greatest pharaoh of ancient Egypt, you are very mistaken. The boy king ‘Tut’ barely lived long enough to leave his mark. The fanfare around the discovery of his tomb and all its treasures remains his sole claim to fame.  The title of the ‘Greatest Pharaoh’ […]

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Egypt – Nubian Landscapes

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Browsing through my pre-blog archives distracted me from the big two of China that I have yet to chronicle. So I return to Egypt with this montage from Aswan, where Arabia merges into Africa. Home to the Nubians (from the land of ‘Nob’ or ‘Gold’) whose powerful kingdom once stretched from here to Khartoum in […]

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Egypt – Finding Cairo

There is no doubt that Cairo’s architectural gems celebrate its cultural diversity. But however awe-inspiring, the essence of Cairo is not to be found in these monuments but in the labyrinth of alleys of the Fatimid city that seem to have changed little since the middle ages. We wandered this warren of narrow streets and crowded […]

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Egypt – In The Shadow of Minarets…….

Cairo was everything we were told it would be – messy, ugly and polluted. The streets were crowded and traffic chaotic. But beneath all the grime and chaos there lurked a grace and charm that was beguiling. Cairo is a city of Layers. Over 3000 years of accumulated history melding into a mosaic of fascinating cultures! Predictably, we started our […]

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Giza Solar Barge

The Sphinx is even more impressive in reality than it appears in pictures. It is cordoned off, unfortunately, and visitors are only allowed to view it from a distance leaving no access to the temple beneath. Still, we are completely captivated by that enigmatic face. THE SACRED GUIDE OF THE CELESTIAL BARGE The ancient Egyptians […]

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