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egypt

We went on a tour to Egypt October 21-31, 2008. The well-known tourist attractions exceed expectations. For a real treat, get beyond the tourist track and explore the back streets of Islamic Cairo.

I wrote a travelogue of this trip and will email it to anyone who asks for it.
Pyramid of Khafre
Pyramid of Khafre
Karnak
Karnak
Karnak/obelisk
Karnak/obelisk
Karnak/sphinxes
Karnak/sphinxes
Karnak Temple
Karnak Temple
drawing strength from stone
drawing strength from stone
Karnak
Karnak
column detail
column detail
Karnak
Karnak
ceiling detail
ceiling detail
Karnak
Karnak
Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple
Hatshepsut Temple
Hatshepsut Temple
temple guard
temple guard
Hatshepsut Temple
Hatshepsut Temple
Medinat Habu
Medinat Habu
Temple of Ramses III
Temple of Ramses III
Medinat Habu
Medinat Habu
Medinat Habu/Temple of Ramses III
Medinat Habu/Temple of Ramses III
Medinat Habu/Temple of Ramses III
Medinat Habu/Temple of Ramses III
Mubarak
Mubarak
Pylons of Temple of Horus/Edfu
Pylons of Temple of Horus/Edfu
wall detail
wall detail
statue of Horus
statue of Horus
column detail
column detail
bas relief showing intentional damage
bas relief showing intentional damage
Temple of Horus/Edfu
Temple of Horus/Edfu
Kom Ombo
Kom Ombo
Kom Ombo
Kom Ombo
nilometer (measures river height)
nilometer (measures river height)
wall detail
wall detail
Kom Ombo
Kom Ombo
ceiling detail
ceiling detail
temple guard
temple guard
Kom Ombo
Kom Ombo
Temple of Philae
Temple of Philae
Temple of Philae
Temple of Philae
a closer look
a closer look
selling
selling
unfinished obelisk
unfinished obelisk
loomer
loomer
Sohel roofs
Sohel roofs
Nubian home interior
Nubian home interior
Nubian house
Nubian house
looming
looming
spicey
spicey
Nubian
Nubian
resigned
resigned
ceiba tree flower
ceiba tree flower
welcoming
welcoming
feluccas on the Nile
feluccas on the Nile
fishing
fishing
alabaster carver
alabaster carver
alabaster light
alabaster light
Nile sunset
Nile sunset
eager
eager
alabaster carving
alabaster carving
friendly
friendly
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
Temple of Hathor
Temple of Hathor
Temple of Hathor
Temple of Hathor
Coptic Cairo
Coptic Cairo
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Mosque of Muhammad Ali courtyard
Mosque of Muhammad Ali courtyard
view from Mosque of Muhammad Ali
view from Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Mosque of Muhammad Ali ceiling
Mosque of Muhammad Ali ceiling
Mosque of Muhammad Ali interior
Mosque of Muhammad Ali interior
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
kids of Cairo
kids of Cairo
kids of Cairo
kids of Cairo
dry-o-mat
dry-o-mat
View from Ramses Hilton
View from Ramses Hilton
Egyptian Museum
Egyptian Museum
The Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza
Pyramid of Khafre
Pyramid of Khafre
souvenir?
souvenir?
The Great Pyramid
The Great Pyramid
Khafre and The Great Pyramid
Khafre and The Great Pyramid
Pyramid of Menkaure
Pyramid of Menkaure
alternative transportation
alternative transportation
Sphinx
Sphinx
Sphinx
Sphinx
Step Pyramid of Djoser/Saqqara
Step Pyramid of Djoser/Saqqara
souvenir seller
souvenir seller
transport
transport
goat herder
goat herder
Ramses II
Ramses II
Ramses II
Ramses II
weaving factory
weaving factory
no sale
no sale
shopping/Old Islamic Cairo
shopping/Old Islamic Cairo
morning smoke
morning smoke
upward
upward
on guard
on guard
time's up
time's up
NafNaf
NafNaf
morning light
morning light
shadow
shadow
reconstruction
reconstruction
essentials
essentials
metalworker
metalworker
gentleman
gentleman
Fishawi's: 200 years of coffee
Fishawi's: 200 years of coffee
zuchini
zuchini
elbow grease
elbow grease
industrial zone
industrial zone
our daily bread
our daily bread
shade
shade
local politics
local politics
tin men
tin men
back street
back street
wiser
wiser
onion merchant
onion merchant
the stranger
the stranger
handling it
handling it
Khan al-Khalili market
Khan al-Khalili market
got sole?
got sole?
grinding
grinding
solitude
solitude
vegged out
vegged out
cafe society
cafe society
enter laughing
enter laughing
shoes
shoes
Spirit
Spirit
Mohamad
Mohamad
morning hookah (water pipe)
morning hookah (water pipe)
tin shop
tin shop
compatriots
compatriots
school days
school days
a place in the sun
a place in the sun
got my goat
got my goat
cat congress
cat congress
coffee pots
coffee pots
rear window
rear window
old ways
old ways
hands
hands
nobody's home
nobody's home
mint
mint
school's out
school's out
friends
friends
entrance
entrance
Egyptologist Ayman: Horus tour guide
Egyptologist Ayman: "Horus" tour guide
our tour group (Horus)
our tour group (Horus)
Gene and Vera at the Pyramids
Gene and Vera at the Pyramids