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Travel Pictures - EGYPT - 1991

All images Ron Miller

          Egypt was my first in-depth experience with a Third World country, and
     my explorations of this fascinating region, along with my time spent with
     other visitors, taught me the difference between a tourist and a traveler. I
     entered the country at Eilat, Israel and explored the Biblical lands of the
     Sinai Peninsula where the "height" of the trip was the climb to the summit of
     Mt. Sinai (Moses Mountain). From the Sinai, I crossed the Red Sea in a ferry
     that was bounced around by large swells before reaching safe harbor on the
     continent of Africa. I then crossed the desert to reach the fertile Nile Valley
     at Luxor and traveled down to southern Egypt and the exotic riverine
     environment at Aswan before traveling north to the capital city of Cairo.

A travelers' paradise on the shores of the Red Sea -
Dahab, Egypt

The indigenous people of the region, the Bedouin, provide a relaxing, outdoor dining experience for the pampered
travelers. The dining options might include a thatched hut with candlelight or a carpet spread out on the sand.
However, be careful of the kitchen's hygiene, because you might "savor" your dinner long after leaving the restaurant -
Dahab, Egypt
Marisa and a young Israeli traveler bargain for clothes with three young Bedouin girls -
Dahab, Egypt

After driving for nearly two hours into the desert, we came upon these Bedouins with their goats. It was startling to come upon
the shepherds in this harsh desert so far from any shelter or water. Perhaps even more surprising, especially when considering
the relentless heat and sun, was the sight of Bedouin women (one woman at left) dressed in black from head to toe! -
near Mt. Sinai, Egypt

This camel is for rent at the foot of Mt. Sinai (St. Catherine's Monastery in background) -
Mt. Sinai, Egypt

Me posing with a Kiwi traveler below the summit of Mt. Sinai -
Mt. Sinai, Egypt
This rock chapel, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is perched on the summit of Mt. Sinai where Bedouin vendors rent blankets
in addition to selling cookies and hot chocolate (it gets quite chilly at night on the 7,495 foot peak). In the background
is the summit of Mt. St. Catherine, which at 8,652 feet, is the highest point on the Sinai Peninsula -
Mt. Sinai, Egypt
Sunrise view of the nook in the rocks where several travelers huddled for the night -
Mt. Sinai, Egypt

Sunrise from the summit of Mt. Sinai where Moses is thought to have received the Ten Commandments. Although there is no archaeological evidence to verify that this granite peak is the Biblical Mt. Sinai, it certainly is a spectacular candidate -
Mt. Sinai, Egypt
The colorful water and reefs at Na'ama Bay. The mountains that include
Mt. Sinai and Mt. St. Catherine can be seen in the background -
near Sharm El Sheikh; Sinai, Egypt
Many of these seasick passengers were seen "parting" with their lunch during this rough crossing of the Red Sea -
near Hurghada, Egypt

Me standing precariously above the Nile Valley's narrow "ribbon of life" -
Luxor, Egypt

Salesmen greeting me at a high pass near the Valley of the Kings. Even during a trek across the remote wasteland
between the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, one can't escape Egypt's "crafty" peddlers -
Luxor, Egypt

The Karnak Temple is one of several temples contained within the world's largest ancient religious site.
Construction began in 1500 B.C. and continued for 1,600 years with contributions from 30 different pharaohs -
Luxor, Egypt

The 82-foot-tall pink granite Obelisk of Ramses II is constructed from a single piece of stone and guards
a side entrance to the Luxor Temple. Egyptian obelisks were symbolically placed at temple entrances
in pairs. However, one must travel to the Place de la Concorde in Paris to find the second obelisk! -
Luxor Temple; Luxor, Egypt

This Egyptian man, possibly an employee at the temple, "volunteered" his guide services and led me to some unusual
hieroglyphics hidden from the main tourist path. However, before we parted ways, he predictably asked for "backsheesh" -
Luxor Temple, Egypt

The Great Hypostyle Hall once had a roof that was supported by 134 columns in 16 rows. Architecturally speaking,
a hypostyle hall is merely a flat ceiling supported by columns ( the Obelisk of Hatshetsup is beyond the columns) -
 Karnak Temple; Luxor, Egypt
Curbside view of the typical Arab street. The peculiar-looking devices are hookah water pipes used for smoking tobacco -
 Luxor, Egypt
A typical scene in the Egyptian countryside with mud bricks, camels, and cattle -
near Luxor, Egypt
These overgrown houseboats escort tourists on Nile River cruises. Pyramid Peak
and the Valley of the Kings can be seen in the background -
Luxor, Egypt
Fellow travelers Andrew and Joanne posing on the west bank of the Nile -
Aswan, Egypt

An exotic vista of the Nile River from a hotel rooftop -
Aswan, Egypt

Not all of Aswan is photogenic -
Aswan, Egypt

Fellow travelers enjoying the slow pace of life on the Arab street -
Aswan, Egypt

Colorful sand dunes on the west bank of the Nile -
Aswan, Egypt

A timeless felucca sailing a narrow channel of the Nile River -
Aswan, Egypt

These ancient felucca's are catching a gentle breeze on the Nile River -
Aswan, Egypt

Relaxing on board the felucca with Captain Jimmy -
near Edfu, Egypt

A tourist or a traveler? -
near Aswan, Egypt

The entire "mountain" in the background was cut into sections and relocated to avoid drowning! -
Abu Simbel, Egypt

The temple was cut into large blocks and moved 65 meters uphill to avoid being flooded beneath Lake Nasser -
Abu Simbel, Egypt
Close-up of the Temple of Ramses -
Abu Simbel, Egypt
The Nile River and Egypt's capital as viewed from the Cairo Tower. The 614-foot-tall observation tower
is the tallest all-concrete structure in the world (i.e. no steel frames or columns) -
Cairo, Egypt
The Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the largest in the world, was completed in 1363 (photo from a terrace of The Citadel) -
Cairo, Egypt
Find your seat for the evening laser show at the paws of the Great Sphinx -
Giza, Egypt

Khafre, the second largest of the Giza Pyramids -
Giza, Egypt

Entrance at the front of Khufu Pyramid -
Giza, Egypt

Photo showing the "building blocks" that make up the Pyramids of Giza -
Giza, Egypt

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