"Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, kiosks, pylons, and obelisks, dedicated to the Theban gods and the greater glory of Egypt's pharaohs."
Places I Missed the First Time
4 October 2009
When I visited Egypt two years ago, I missed Aswan and Abu Simbel.
When I visited Turkey seven years ago, I missed the Aegean Coast, the Mediterranean Coast, and Southeastern Anatolia.
When I visited Israel last year I missed The Negev and Masada.
So for my next adventure, I decided to see some of the places I missed.
10 October 2009
The recollections of the engineer Medhat Ibrahim are both informative and powerful. He describes the enormous project to save the ancient Nubian monuments from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. I have reprinted his article below.
My best moment at Abu Simbel came when, after strolling past several wall carvings and decoration, I turned the corner of the mountain, looked to my left, and was startled; "There it is!" "There they are!"
December 22, 2011
Dear Family and Friends,
Despite the heavy traffic and the early morning smoke and fog, my group’s day of sightseeing in Cairo included several memorable stops. The Saladin Citadel. The Muhammad Ali Mosque. Virgin Mary Coptic Church. The Ben Ezra Synagogue. The Egyptian Museum. Can you guess which one is my favorite?
The Citadel of Salah al-Din (Saladin) is imposing and dramatic as it overlooks the skyline of the city. It was built by the Ayyubid ruler and conqueror in the Twelfth Century. The Mosque of Muhammad Ali dominates the grounds of the citadel. Built by Pasha Muhammad Ali in the Nineteenth Century, the enormous Ottoman-Turkish style mosque is reminiscent those in Istanbul and Edirne.
Happy New Year!
In 1952, Sue Thompson recorded the hit song "You Belong to Me." Later it was covered by Patti Page, Jo Stafford, Dean Martin, Patsy Cline and Bing Crosby. My favorite rendition is in the Doo-wop style by The Duprees in 1962.*
The opening lyric of the song is "See the Pyramids along the Nile...."
I suppose it is the dream of many people around the world to "See the Pyramids."