Sunday, January 15, 2012

Photos: The Wonders of Egypt

The Sphinx is one of the most recognizable landmarks on earth. In addition to exploring it during the day, we returned at night for the laser light and sound show, which illuminates both the Sphinx and the nearby Great Pyramids of Giza, a suburb of Cairo.
I love to take photos of people in foreign lands, especially children. We were in Egypt about 5 years ago. I wonder how this child is doing today, after the civil unrest in Egypt this year.
We walked around the old Coptic Christian are of Cairo. While walking down one of the pedestrian streets, we saw this monk walking in a church courtyard. I was able to et this photo of him as he approached the church door, decorated with the Coptic cross.
This is the entrance to St. Sergius and Bacchus Church, which is believed to be the site where Mary, Joseph and the Christ child stayed when they fled into Egypt. The church was built in the 4th century.
A camel ride near the pyramids, and this classic pose, is perhaps an obligatory tourist activity for any visit to Egypt. Dave and I could not resist. Riding a camel is much more comfortable than a horse, and they squat down to make it easy to climb on and off.
This is part of the dining room at the Mena House Hotel, where we stayed. We had a view of the Great Pyramid from our room. At this hotel, we had dinner in the same room where Roosevelt and Churchill met during World War II and where Presidents Carter and Anwar Sadat commemorated peace between Egypt and Israel. I love staying in hotels with a spectacular view, as I feel like I am on vacation even if I have to spend most of the day in the room on the computer and telephone doing work.

8 comments:

brattcat said...

great shot of you and julie in front of the pyramid. what a gorgeous and historic hotel. how amazing to wake with the sight of the pyramid right out your window.

glenda said...

Wondered about the unrest in Egypt also as I was looking at your great photos. Love your people pictures.

Filip Demuinck said...

What a nice country, it is on my wish list but for the moment it is too unstable.

Greetings,
Filip

VP said...

Some antique wonders and a bit of elegant and more recent history!

JM said...

Wonderful! Beautiful shot of the Sphinx.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Couldn't resist looking at your Egypt photos Julie, my daughter Aimee and I went last year and loved every minute of it. The ancient history of it is fascinating, I don't know about you, but i would totally recommend everyone to see it at lease once if it's possible.

villa said...

Espectacular reportaje fotográfico. Me gustan todas las tomas, las cuales parecen difíciles de conseguir. Enhorabuena.

Saludos desde Salamanca.

Kate said...

To visit a land with ancient and historic monuments must have been a terrific thrill!

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