3 We landed in Cairo, stayed in a hotel overnight, and then took a train to Alexandria. This is the train station.
4 The station, again.
5 Waiting for the train, we relax over some coffee or tea.
6 ... and now we are on the train.
7 We had lunch here - in Alexandria.
8 After lunch, we bought sweets from the man in the center.
9 St. Mark's Coptic Church. What is Coptic? The Greeks referred to Egypt as Ecoptos. Hence, the natives were Coptics.
10 Interior of the church. There are 17 million Coptics in Egypt. Prayer services first took place in 62AD. This church has been rebuilt many times.
11 St. Mark's Coptic Church.
12 Alexandria store front.
13 Entrance gate to our hotel grounds.
14 El Salamlek Palace Hotel. The bar.
15 El Salamlek Palace Hotel. The restaurant.
16 El Salamlek Palace Hotel.
17 Another view from our room. The Mediterranean Sea.
18 Bridge to private island.
19 Ocean waves crashing into the breakwater.
21 Hotel has WiFi!
22 The lobby.
24 Alexandria's Roman Amphitheatre.
25 This piller was recovered from Alexandria's harbor.
26 Ruins of Roman baths.
27 Tourists acting like, well, tourists.
28 Two friends sharing a moment.
29 Six friends texting each other.
30 Busy Alexandria streets.
31 St. Catherine's Cathedral.
32 St. Catherine.
35 Final resting place of Victor Emanuel, the last king of Italy. He left Italy for Egypt in 1943 and never returned. He died in exile.
36 Local street car in Alexandria.
37 Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue
38 Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue
39 Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue
40 Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue - this man is the president of the Synagogue. There are no longer enough Jewish men to form a minyan, so, on holidays such as Yom Kippur a group of men from Israel will come to this Synagogue for prayer services.
41 The Synagogue is well guarded by Egyptian police. THe president of the Synagogue was telling me that when there are "issues" between Egypt and Israel, some of the Alexandria population will try to vandalize the Synagogue to show their displeasure. However, this gentleman has told me that he has never felt any danger.
43 This building is on the property of the Synagogue. It is rented out as a Muslim Girl's School. Note the Hebrew and Arabic writing on the building.
44 Former Rabbis of the high court.
45 The omnipresent Hosni Mubarak.
46 Apartment buildings along the corniche - the Alexandria waterfront.
47 mosaic fence with fountain.
48 Along the corniche.
49 Scenes along the corniche.
50 Scenes along the corniche.
51 Scenes along the corniche.
52 Scenes along the corniche.
53 Scenes along the corniche.
54 Scenes along the corniche.
55 OK, I will remember them for any Great Projects that I might have.
56 Scenes along the corniche.
57 Getting a suntan.
58 Meeting the locals.
59 Finally, back at the hotel.
60 Now, a visit to the Alexandria National Museum.
61 Alexandria National Museum
62 Alexandria National Museum
63 Alexandria National Museum
64 Alexandria National Museum
65 Alexandria National Museum
66 Alexandria National Museum
67 Alexandria National Museum
68 Alexandria National Museum
69 Alexandria National Museum
70 Alexandria National Museum
71 Alexandria National Museum
72 Steve and Lynne
73 Floral Clock
74 School groups waiting to tour the Library of Alexandria.
75 School groups waiting to tour the Library of Alexandria.
76 School groups waiting to tour the Library of Alexandria.
77 National Library of Alexandria. This shows the five floors which contain a total of 4000 workstations!
78 The top floor has displays of early printing presses.
79 This computer will make a book in 20 minutes - fully bound.
80 Students studying
81 Some of the books.
82 Exerior of the library.
83 Exterior of library.
84 Exterior of library.
85 Alexander the Great.
86 Visit to a Mosque
87 Visit to a Mosque
88 Visit to a Mosque
89 Fort Qaitbey - built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey.
90 Fort Qaitbey - built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey.
91 Fort Qaitbey up close.
92 Sharing a secret.
95 Lets see, it's OK to name a boat "Mohamed" but not a Teddy Bear. OK, got it!
96 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
97 Alexandria harbor.
98 Alexandria harbor.
99 King Farouk and wife (Well, one of them).
100 Royal Palace.
101 Leaving Alexandria on our way to Cairo. Here we are stopping at a small town (Wadi An-Natrun) to visit a Coptic Monastery.
102 Wadi An-Natrun
103 Entering St. Bishoy Monastery.
104 The garden.
105 The tower.
106 One of the oldest areas in the moastery.
108 Coptic monk
109 Showing the wine of the sacrement.
110 The mill house.
111 Talking to god?
113 Shoes are removed because of all the dust that would be tracked in.
114 These wall paintings date to the 2nd half of the 12th century.
116 The newest part of the monastery.
117 The trip to Cairo continues.
118 Entrance to limestone wall around step pyramid of Djoser
119 On grounds of Step Pyramid of Djoser
120 On grounds of Step Pyramid of Djoser
121 Step Pyramid of Djoser 27th Century BC
122 Rug factory and store.
125 Saqqara Egypt Carpet Factory
126 Roast Chicken & bread for lunch - Yum
127 Outdoor ovens
128 Glenda tries her hand at getting the bread dough into the oven
129 Ron in Apple shirt at Great Pyramid of Khufu 26th Century BC
130 Entrance to the Great Pyramid
131 Close-up of the Great Pyramid
132 Over 2 million blocks of stone weighing an average of 2.5 tons each
133 Please fellas, I didn't mean anything when I said. "Camels are ugly!"
134 Solar Boat Museum at base of Great Pyramid
135 Space where boat was buried with stone that covered the area
136 Reconstructed Boat
137 Reconstructed Boat
138 Reconstructed Boat
139 Showing how boards are joined with rope. When the rope gets wet, it shrinks - pulling the boards together. When the boards get wet, they expand.
140 The Giza Plateau with pyramids
141 The Giza Plateau with Sphinx
142 Side view of sphinx
143 Sunset behind the pyramids
144 Preparing for Sound & Light Show
146 Sound & Light Show
147 View from Hilton hotel in Giza
149 Salahadin Citadel in Cairo - Alabaster Mosque
150 Salahadin Citadel in Cairo - Alabaster Mosque, grill work
151 Salahadin Citadel in Cairo - Alabaster Mosque
152 Salahadin Citadel in Cairo - Alabaster Mosque
153 View of Cairo & Pyramids from Salahadin Citadel
154 Salahadin Citadel in Cairo
155 Obama Supporter in Old Cairo
156 Center of Old Cairo with Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues
158 Building on Ben Ezra Synagogue grounds
159 School children eager to talk with Americans
160 Signs outside the Hanging Church, so called because it was built on top of the water Gate of the old Roman fortress of Babylon. Signs show the Prophet Mohammed's birthday and Mother's Day
161 Inside the Hanging Church which is still used for services
162 Courtyard to the Hanging Church
163 Entrance to the Hanging Church
164 Old mural in Hanging Church believed from 4th Century
165 Khan al-Khalili market area
166 Khan al-Khalili market area
167 Khan al-Khalili market area
168 Khan al-Khalili market area
169 Khan al-Khalili market area - School girls interviewing Roger & Mary
170 Home visit.
171 Cairo - Unknown Soldier Monument
172 Viewing Stand where Sadat was assassinated
173 Flowers in park near Unknown Soldier Monument
174 Next on our itinerary was a trip to Aswan. The city is famous because of the Aswan Dam build by the Russians in the 1950s.
175 Elephantine Island near Aswan.
176 Aswan - our hotel.
177 Well, Wlecome to you, too.
178 Part of the Aswan High Dam.
179 Local flowers.
180 Lake Nasser. The dam created Lake Nasser - 310 miles long!
182 Monument built by the Russians to commemorate Russian - Egyptian friendship.
183 Hoda, our guide.
184 Temple of Philae. This monument was relocated after the construction of the Aswan Dam. It took 8 years.
185 Temple of Philae.
186 Temple of Philae.
187 Temple of Philae.
188 Temple of Philae. Inside the temple there is an alter with a cross - showing that early Coplic Christians also used it.
189 Temple of Hathor. This is "Bes" the god of singing.
190 Kiosk of Trajan.
191 Kiosk of Trajan.
192 Kiosk of Trajan.
194 Temple of Philae.
195 Leaving Philae. Looks like we are all on the same team.
196 This lady is showing us how to make papyrus.
197 Views of the Nile.
198 Views of the Nile. Still in Aswan.
199 Lunch at a Nubian restaurant.
200 Hewn out of a solid cliff in the 13th century BC, the great temple of Abu Simbel. This was built to honor Ramses II. The temple was relocated in the 1960s - 213 feet above the original position.
201 Abu Simbel.
202 Abu Simbel.
203 Abu Simbel.
204 Abu Simbel.
205 Abu Simbel - Temple of Hathor.
206 Abu Simbel - Temple of Hathor.
207 Aswan river scene.
208 Rushes on the Nile.
210 Nile scene.
212 Picnic on Basma Island.
213 Our picnic meal
214 View from Basma Island.
215 Merchandise on felucca.
216 The great explorer ("You mean people have been on the Nile before??)
218 Aswan with far too many river boats.
220 Aswan market scenes
221 Aswan market scenes
222 Aswan market scenes
223 Aswan market scenes
224 Aswan market scenes
225 Scenes in and around Basma Hotel in Aswan.
226 Scenes in and around Basma Hotel in Aswan.
227 Aswan hotel.Scenes in and around Basma Hotel in Aswan.
228 Scenes in and around Basma Hotel in Aswan.
229 Scenes in and around Basma Hotel in Aswan.
230 Nubian Museum scenes.
231 Nubian Museum scenes.
232 Nubian Museum scenes.
233 Nubian Museum scenes.
234 Nubian Museum scenes.
235 These young ladies are waiting to take a tour of the museum.
240 Going to the botanical gardens on a Felucca.
241 Going to the botanical gardens on a felucca.
243 At the gardens. The kids would throw a ball on top of the trellis. Then they would ask passers-by to help them get it. They were doing this as a ruse to interact with the foreigners. It was fun.
244 Here we are - interacting.
245 Yet another Felucca with OAT travelers.
249 Nile scene.
251 Leaving the gardens.
254 Wait! I'm not ready!
255 On a camel ride to the monastery of St. Simeon.
256 Ron's got this one under control.
257 Up at the monastery as we dismount.
258 This was abandoned in the 12th century.
259 Paint is still visible
260 Why is it that I have to repaint my house every 3 years?
261 Corridor to the monk's quarters.
262 Monk's chamber.
264 for water
265 camel stalls
266 surrounding scenery
267 Our guide, Hoda.
268 Nubian village home
269 Nubian village - interior of one of the homes
270 Nubian village - having mint tea
271 Nubian village
272 Nubian village - Hoda serving snacks
273 Nubian village - black henna tattoo. This wears off after about 3-4 weeks.
274 Nubian village - painting on exterior of home.
275 Nubian village - painting of Mecca shows that someone in this house has made a haj to Mecca.
276 Nubian village
277 Nubian village - red colored hand prints to ward off evil spirits.
278 Nubian village - posing for the photographer.
279 Nubian village - along the shore
280 Making Okra dish on the cruise.
281 Double temple at Kom Ombo. Left side dedicated to the falcon god and right side to the crocodile god.
282 Built in about the 1st century BC
283 Kom Ombo
284 A cartouche - the name of one of the pharaohs.
285 Ceiling detail. Shows how the temples were painted.
286 Early calendar.
287 Closer up.
288 Medical tools.
289 Glenda in a traditional Egyptian dress - showing off her tattoo.
291 Glenda and Ron participating in a contest to see how quickly Ron can be made to look like a mummy.
292 Ron gets wrapped in toilet paper.
293 Ron and opponent have a balloon attached to feet. The object is to break the other person's balloon.
294 Sunrise over the Nile.
295 Scenes along the Nile.
296 Scenes along the Nile.
297 Scenes along the Nile.
298 Scenes along the Nile.
299 Scenes along the Nile.
300 Scenes along the Nile.
301 Scenes along the Nile.
302 Scenes along the Nile.
303 Lynne and Steve aboard the Royal Orchid.
304 Scenes along the Nile.
305 Scenes along the Nile.
306 Scenes along the Nile.
307 Scenes along the Nile.
308 Scenes along the Nile.
309 Scenes along the Nile.
310 Scenes along the Nile.
311 Scenes along the Nile.
312 City of Edfu.
313 City of Edfu. Temple of Horace - the falcon god.
314 City of Edfu. Horace.
315 City of Edfu. Carving of a humting scene.
316 City of Edfu. Temple of Horace - the falcon god.
317 City of Edfu. Interior of temple.
318 City of Edfu.
319 City of Edfu.
320 Entering a lock on the Nile.
321 Entering a lock on the Nile.
322 Boat behind us.
323 City of Luxor. Luxor temple.
324 Luxor Temple.
325 Luxor Temple.
326 Luxor Temple.
327 Luxor Temple.
328 Luxor Temple. These murals indicate that thie temple was also used as an early church.
329 Luxor Temple. Avenue of sphinxes used to lead to Karnak temple (1.2 miles away).
330 Luxor Temple.
331 Dancing demonstration on our boat.
332 Dancing demonstration on our boat.
334 Dancing demonstration on our boat.
335 Early morning balloon rides in Luxor.
336 Early morning balloon rides in Luxor.
337 Karnak rams head sphinxes led to the Nile.
338 Close-up of rams head sphinxes
339 Temple of Amun in Karnak.
340 Inside hypostyle hall.
341 Inside hypostyle hall. Windows to let light in.
342 Inside hypostyle hall.
343 Inside hypostyle hall.
344 The god Ptah.
345 Sacred lake.
346 One of Cleopatra's obelisks.
347 Monument to Scarab Beetle.
349 Visit to an elementary school.
350 The children were very friendly. The English word that they all knew was "welcome".
353 Music classes are held in the hallway.
354 The girl on the left was 11 years old and a very accomplished musician.
355 Here she is playing the "March from Aida".
356 Computer classroom
357 Learning computer graphics.
358 Entertaining the kids with "Itsy bitsy spider".
359 Steve mingles.
363 Luxor. Winter Palace hotel and gardens.
364 Luxor. Winter Palace hotel and gardens.
365 Luxor. Winter Palace hotel and gardens.
366 Luxor. Winter Palace hotel and gardens.
367 Sunrise over Luxor.
368 Early morning outdoor breakfast.
369 Baking fresh bread for breakfast.
370 Breakfast continues.
371 Still more breakfast.
372 Farmhouse door.
373 Interior. This farmer has two wives and built a house for each of them.
374 Map of the Valley of the Kings.
375 Current excavations going on.
376 Entrance to one of the tombs.
377 Riding an electric train.
378 Queen Hatshepsut's Temple
379 Alabaster factory
380 Colossi of Memnon. There is a temple behind them that is currently being excavated.
381 Horse carriage ride at night through Luxor.
382 Scenes along the ride.
383 Scenes along the ride.
384 Scenes along the ride.
385 Scenes along the ride.
386 Sandstorm coming up.
387 Sandstorm. This was very unpleasant. Before long we had sand in our clothes and hair.
388 Relaxing with tea after the ride.
389 Now we are back in Cairo. Mahmoud Khalil museum included impressionist paintings.
396 El Salamlek Palace Hotel - where we stayed. This was a hunting lodge for King Farouk - the last king of Egypt. It was originally built in 1892 by King Abbas Helmi as a hunting lodge for his mistress (later his wife).
397 I wouldn't want this chair in my house. Notice the elephant tusks on the legs as well as the back of the chair. El Salamlek Palace Hotel.
398 Yet another view from our balcony. These are some of the gardens and are referred to as the Montazah Palace Gardens. Notice the tall palm to the right. It is really a cell phone tower.
399 Amphitheatre heavily guarded by attack cats.
400 Our group listens to a talk from the president of the congregation. He tells us that he is the "baby" of the group - the youngest member of the synagogue.
401 We now leave the Synagogue and return to our hotel. This store front display caught my attention because the dolls certainly did not resemble the average Egyptian.
402 Some of us decided to get out of the bus and walk. We felt we could make better time.
403 Traffic along the corniche. Picture taken through the front window of our bus.
404 Bet Din high court. This is not used anymore. At one time it served as a court to resolve disputes between Jews in Egypt.
405 Another view from our balcony.
406 Still taking in the sights from our balcony. Our guide tells us not to get used to this hotel. Too late, I am already used to it and expect the rest of our accommodations to be as nice as this.