In 2015, I went on an adventure to the “Land of the Pharaohs”. I went for the Great Pyramids, but I never wanted to leave thanks to the captivating chaos juxtaposed against gentle days floating down the Nile. Sailing on a traditional Felucca from start to finish, this was the only way to truly step into the ancient world of Egypt.
Egypt is home to some of the world’s most iconic sights, and they don’t get much more iconic than these puppies. Located on the Giza plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza are true Egypt travel essentials – I was privileged to see why they’ve been leaving generations of travellers tongue-tied in sheer awe.
A few days cruising the Nile is the quintessential Egyptian experience. I chilled out and watched the world drift gently by me, as I meandered gently down the palm-lined river, stopping to rummage in the markets of Aswan.
Situated on the banks of Lake Nasser near the Sudanese border, I was awe-inspired witnessing the twin temples of Abu Simbel, which were carved directly out of the rock in the 13th century BC by Pharaoh Ramesses II.
Located on the banks of the river Nile near Luxor, the Valley of the Kings is an ancient burial ground where elaborate tombs were constructed for Pharaohs and prominent nobles. Here, I found magnificent tombs dating from as far back as the 16th century BC, including the most famous of the lot, the tomb of Tutankhamun. Essential!
The Egyptian Museum, here I found one of the finest collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts in existence. Highlights included several mummies dating to Pharaonic times as well as The Gold Mask of Tutankhamun!
Wholesome, simple and flavoursome summarizes Egyptian food. Egyptian cuisine includes heavy use of beans, and vegetables, as well as the ubiquitous Eish baladi, a pita-like flat bread. YUM! Spices are used relatively sparingly in Egypt, while common meats include rabbit, chicken and pigeon, the latter specially reared for consumption and considered a delicacy!
Until next time! Mikey out!