Sunday, February 26, 2012
Photos: Fabulous Egypt During Ramadaan
This photo of Abu Simbel shows the massive scale of these monuments. They are in the south of Egypt's stretch of the Nile, but it is well worth the effort to get there.
Tourist police keep a watch on the grounds of many of the monuments visited by tourists in Egypt. This camel-mounted guard surveyed the perimeter of the grounds of the Great Pyramids at Giza, with the urban sprawl of Cairo in the background. We had tourist guards who accompanied our tour group throughout our stay several years ago, before the recent regime change in Egypt.
The hotel where we stayed outside Cairo, the Mena House, is next to the Pyramids. What a setting for a poolside meal. They also had a golf course that sought to attract golfers with views of the pyramids.
Horse drawn carriages were a delightful way to travel from the river front where our boat docked in Luxor to the temple.During Ramadaan, many Egyptians do not eat until sundown, and they many times would offer for us to sit down with them to share their meal. This woman was baking bread in an outdoor kitchen area behind the restaurant where we had lunch. It must be tough to prepare food during a time that one cannot eat until the evening.