Recently two lost cities of Ancient Egypt, which had vanished under the water of the Mediterranean were discovered and the British Museum in London is telling the story.

I am on my way to London tomorrow and so looking forward to visit this exhibition and to tell you all about it when I come back.

Signing off for a few weeks, but please check in at the end of the  month. Wishing everyone a Happy July

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Any Muslim whose circumstances permit it, is asked to make the HAJJ at lest once in his lifetime.

Successfully completing the HAJJ,  a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia  is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. In 2015 fourteen million Muslims from all over the world made the journey.Egypt3389

It is the tradition to commemorate this journey by decorating the outside walls of the returning pilgrim’s house. These  images  are of airplanes, cruisers, animals and scenes from Mecca. A practice which today is followed more  in the country side of Upper Egypt than in big cities like Cairo or Alexandria.

These innocent, colorful  images adorning the houses tell the world that the man living in the house has, thru his journey to Mecca, respected and fulfilled the will of Allah.



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I have just listened to Yanni’s CD that was recorded while he was in concert in front of the Pyramids. It was a huge success, but among all the excitement and focus on the event, one touching human story emerged. It was told by the Egyptologist Walid El Batouty who was Yanni’s guide during his time in Egypt,

My Mother, God bless her soul, gave me the video of Yanni playing at the Acropolis –  that was 22 years ago. In this video he dedicated a song to his Mother, and my Mother, God bless her soul, said to me – one day you will be the guide of this man when he is in Egypt and it has  been my dream ever since. – About a month ago I asked on my Facebook page – why don’t we ask Yanni to perform at the Pyramids?  – and  2 minutes later I got a phone call from my friend Ashraf  Haridy saying “Walid I’m not joking. Your Dream is coming true Yanni is composing at the pyramids and you are going to be his guide.”


It’s 3:48 am I just got home from the pyramids after the rehearsal of Yanni and the minute he started playing I couldn’t stop my tears – – Mother, God bless your soul, thank you and Yanni and my friend Ashraf.


It just goes to show mothers know best – and Yanni always tells us dreams do come true!

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Early Morning in Alexandria


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NEFERTARI                                       Brigitte

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Admiring the slim silhouettes of the men and women depicted in the wall paintings in tombs and temples, I was surprised not to see any overweight or ugly people. The Egyptologist who was with us explained why,

“These are not true representations of the person, but images of how they want to be seen in the afterlife – remember the afterlife is for eternity!”



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Without the beautiful wall paintings in the Tombs of the Pharaohs and Nobles as well as  in many Temples we would not know as much about Ancient Egypt as we do. The images tell us about their life and death, who they worshipped, what they ate, who they married and about the hierarchy in their world.


Temple of Karnak



Medina Habu

I had visited many tombs while in Egypt and had learned a lot about the meaning of these scenes  before I became curious about of how they were painted. Who better to ask but our guide?

“Mohamed do you know how they painted these images.” It must have been the first time he was asked because after thinking for a moment he muttered something I didn’t understand.

On another occasion when I visited the Tombs of the Nobles I found my answer in the Tomb of Ramose. He was vizier and mayor during the time of Amenhotep III and Akhenaten in 1353 B.C and 1335 B.C. The Nobles were related to the pharaohs and served as priests, scribes, doctors, lawyers, important military personnel, or as overseers of the land worked by peasants.

Somebody had told me about his tomb as a must see and it was indeed splendid. Admiring the images on the wall my camera was itching  in my pocket. Yet under the watchful eye of the guard I didn’t dare (it is not allowed to take photos in the tombs). But when suddenly the color on the wall disappeared and I stood in front of two black and white drawings, I called Tarik, who was my guide for the day and asked, “What happened here?”

“Oh that – looks like they didn’t have time to finish it. These are the first sketches so that corrections can be made before the paint is applied.”

Now my camera could not restrain itself any longer and pointing to the guard I looked at Tarik. He whispered that 100 Egyptian Pounds ($10)would make him look the other way. So thanks to the 100 EGP I can share with you how these eternal images start.

Tomb of Ramose

Tomb of Ramose

Tomb of Ramose near the Valley of the Kings

Tomb of Ramose near the Valley of the Kings

Tarik’s parting words were, “We are very happy when we find something unfinished because it shows us how it was made.”

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If you don’t have a bathroom the village fountain is all you need to clean your teeth!



On the main street in a the village on the West Bank of Luxor

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