A Shimmery Sunset & Thoughts Of Home

Watching the sun slip quietly behind the trees in this beach resort we have escaped to for R’s birthday (and our anniversary), it seems like an anticlimax to not have the sea reflect the explosion of copper and gold that is so typical of a spectacular west coast sunset. I realise now, how much I […]

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The Hypostyle Hall Of Karnak temple

The Hypostyle hall in the Karnak temple in Luxor, covers an area of more than 55,000 sq ft. andis filled with 134 gigantic sandstone columns arranged in 16 rows, with an average diameter of nearly 10 feet! 12 in the central aisle with open papyrus capitals, once supported a raised 82 feet ceiling and are now […]

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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 foldIn tremulous waves which blush and wander by We float, and feel the magic penetrate,Till all our soul is colored by the hues, […]

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Egypt – Ozymandias & The Cult Of Personality!

Ramesses II statues in Luxor Temple

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 – Into Cairo’s Historic Heart

Panoramic view of the inarets of Cairo.

A wander through historic Cairo, Egypt, with top tips on the best way to experience the UNESCO Heritage City. From Saladin’s Citadel to Cairo’s many stunning mosques, through Al Muizz Street, Tannoura performances and ancient souks.

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