Friday, June 13, 2014

Egypt Pt. 2 - nile cruise, edfu & abu simbel temples, nubian village


abu simbel temple






edfu temple, where the story of the gods is written on every spare inch of the walls



our time spent on the nile cruise boat, the friendliness and hospitality of all the staff. sleeping up on the pool deck under the stars and waking up with the rising sun. farmers who live on small islands in the middle of the nile shouting to us about the president. the white-haired old mexican man who wore speedos and lay upside down in the sun and didn’t care what anyone thought. not having a phone or internet access for days and forgetting the rest of the world exists. visiting edfu temple, one of the most intact and well-preserved ancient temples. the 2:45AM wakeup call to drive to abu simbel which was completely worth it. good looking waiters in black bowties who turn your can of sprite around to make sure the english side is facing you. housekeeping staff who arrange your towels and pillows into crocodiles and swans and men riding elephants and wait in the hallway to see your reaction. eating oreos in the pool on the top deck of the ship. seeing the mediterranean sea from alexandria and the border of sudan from lake nasser. swimming in the nile and finding out it’s a lot colder than you think. riding a camel along the riverbank to a nubian village. our tour guide of the village who wanted to know what my hopings were and who loved language and asked me for synonyms of the word captivate. i gave him enchant, enrapture and ensnare and he wrote them down on a worn piece of paper with a gold pen. crossing the street holding hands in cairo to make sure everyone was safe. the silence on our last night at dinner on the cruise. the whole boat being invited to an egyptian wedding reception in the bar, watching traditional dancing and entertainment and everyone joining in and laughing and eating wedding cake and celebrating the couple’s happiness with a shipful of strangers.

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our tour guide of the nubian village



22 comments:

  1. I've had the same trip with my mother, 11 years ago!!! It was amazing!!! :D

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  2. I was just commenting on Part 1 and I have the same thoughts about this post as well. I'm absolutely amazed how beautiful these photos are, definitely breathtaking.

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    1. thank you! glad you're enjoying them. :)

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  3. Your photos are stunning, hope you are having an amazing adventure so far! :)

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  4. Wowowowowow I am in absolute AWE of your pictures!! Egypt looks exactly how I imagine it, dry and hot, with lush greenery around the river, and white cotton drapes billowing in the air. These are beautiful

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    1. thank you! it really is such a beautiful place. :)

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  5. Gosh you've just made a Nile cruise rocket to #1 on my must do list. Sounds like such an incredible experience! Looks so beautiful, and like Liz said, just how I'd imagine it.

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    1. you should definitely do it when you get the chance, it really is the experience of a lifetime! :)

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  6. Another beautiful travel instalment Jess. My heart swells hearing you share a precious moment with your tour guide. He sounds like a gentle soul and meeting strangers whilst travelling is the best way of seeing the world!
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  7. Egypt?! Wow, this is by far some of the best travel photos I have seen. I am so very envious of you and your wonderful time. I used to obsess over Egypt and went through this phase of wanting to be an archaeologist just to go there :)

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    1. thank you! you should definitely go if you get the chance, it's such an amazing country with so many beautiful places to visit.

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  8. Your experience in Egypt sounds like such a dream! It's amazing to be in a new country and soak up all the sights and scenery, but it's those little moments that make it really special, I think. I absolutely love the story of you and your tour guide. One of my favourite moments when I was in Paris was when my best friend and I caught a taxi back to our hotel. She was reluctant to do so because she was scared and we were kind of annoyed at each other, but we got in a taxi and our moods instantly changed. Our taxi driver was such a friendly guy who tried to teach us French and laughed so hard at us when we would mispronounce words! It was just such a fun taxi ride and while definitely not as emotional as your story, it was just a little moment for me that I look back fondly on. Looking forward to the rest of your trip!

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    1. aww, that's really nice that the taxi driver could turn that moment around for you guys. it's easy to get annoyed when you're exhausted and have been out all day and have been with the same person or people 24/7 for weeks or months but it's good someone or something breaks the tension and you realise how lucky you are to be travelling at all and forget the stupid things that were annoying you. :)

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  9. omg this looks amazing! I'm filled with envy staring at these photos! I love Egypt!

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  10. Egypt is one of my dream places to travel too. There's so much history there. Your trip sounds amazing (and accompanied with beautiful photos too)!

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  11. oh my my! I've always wanted to visit Egypt! The greatness of its culture, arts and the pyramids!!! thanks for sharing your experience:) anyway, i have an on-going blog giveaway and i hope you can join because i think you'll like the prices! http://www.raellarina.net/2014/06/june-2014-giveaway.html :)

    xoxo, rae

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  12. phenomenal photography - i am in awe!
    xx

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  13. Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. You have really brought the culture of Egypt into life. I cannot wait for your future travel posts :)

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  14. I might sound like a broken record, but this egyptian photos are superb! Really make me wanna go there now

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  15. These photos are stunning, lady. :) I'm so happy for you to be able to explore the world on such an incredible journey and can't wait to see more pictures from you travels!

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  16. Your travel photography is the absolute best, these photos belong in a magazine! I went to Egypt many years ago as a child and really loved it, then last year when we went overseas I really wanted to go there again but of course with the political unrest that was going on at the time we didn't want to risk it. I really want to go again, seeing your photos has got me longing for adventure. The cruise you went on sounds so amazing, so glad you've had a wonderful holiday, I've enjoyed looking at all of your photos!

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