Ankh – The Key Of Life

The Egyptian Ankh is considered the ‘Key of Life’. The loop of the ankh is believed to represent the river Nile, and the cross, the path of the sun from east to west symbolizing renewed life and immortality. Like the life giving floods of the Nile, the Ankh is supposed to represent regeneration, regrowth and…

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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. and is 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 – Star Gazing In Dendera

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

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

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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