Egypt’s Disneyland Castle


When visiting Alexandria a look at the Al-Haramlik Palace should not be missed. It is at the end of the Cornish, next to the Helnan Palestine Hotel which overlooks the Palace and the Montazan Gardens.

It was built in 1932 as a summer residence for King Fuad. In modern times it was a summer home for King Farouk who died 1965.


Since then it has been used for official functions like visits of foreign dignitaries. But since I am not a dignitary and was ignorant of that fact the answer of the receptionist at the Helnan Palestine Hotel, where I stayed, made sense. I asked her, “What are the hours to visit the Palace?” Looking at me with  surprise and indignation, she answered, “It is only for people like Mr. Obama, your President who can stay there or visit.”


Feeling the sting I went walking in the Montazan Gardens instead. They are very beautiful and surround the Palace.









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Photo of the Week – REALLY?

What do you think? Do those little red stones really keep up the granite blocks?

Photo by Brigitte Nioche






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New Discovery of 3,500 Year-Old-Tombe

Please click on the picture to read the article – very interesting and the photos are amazing

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Photo of Week – The Key of Life

In a Wall painting at Hatshepsut’s Temple


…….called ANKH by the Egyptians.


It is one of the most recognized symbols from Ancient Egypt dating c.3150 – 2613 BC -the Early Dynastic Period, symbolizing both mortal existence and the afterlife.













On temples walls, in tomb paintings, on columns in the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak, painted or chiseled into stone, the ANKH plays an important part.
















Today it is still a sign of a long life and a lucky charm, sold everywhere in Egypt. And I think most of us who have been to Egypt did not pass up a chance for a long life and came home with an ANKH

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Egypt- Photos Of The Week – McDonalds and Mercedes Benz

Famous Name  Brands have a way of creeping  into the most unexpected corners of the world

The Sign Reads – McDonald behind the Luxor Temple






A Red Mercedes-Benz in Cairo’s Garbage City (Manshiyat Naser)

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Egypt’s Daily Life – Grandmothers


“Thanks Heaven –  not only for little girls – but for Grandmothers too. And Grandmother – I know because I am one myself – are mothers who have turned into a lumps of love. With unconditional devotion they cuddle, hold, kiss, and adore their grandchildren who give them their last love affair in life.

And this is true for every Grandmother anywhere in the world, including Egypt.











































How do I know these women are Grandmothers? Most women in Egypt who wear black are older qualifying them to be Grandmothers – because the young mothers in Egypt today look more like this.

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Egypt – New Discoveries

Archaeologists discover three ancient tombs in Egypt

15 August 2017
From the section
Middle East

Image caption
A sarcophagus from one of the three tombs found at burial grounds south of Cairo

Archaeologists have discovered three tombs that date back around 2,000 years in southern Egypt.
They were found in burial grounds in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province, south of Cairo.
The tombs contained a collection of different sarcophagi, or stone coffins, as well as clay fragments.
Egypt’s antiquities ministry said the discovery “suggests that the area was a great cemetery for a long span of time”.
One of the tombs, which was reached through a shaft carved in rock, contained four sarcophagi that had been sculpted to depict a human face.

Image caption in another, excavators found six burial holes, including one for the burial of a small child.

Sarcophagi which were discovered in a cemetery dating back about 2,000 years
Clay fragments found at the site date the tombs between the 27th Dynasty, founded in 525BC, and the Greco-Roman era, which lasted between 332BC and the 4th Century.
Ali al-Bakry, head of the mission, said one of the tombs contained bones believed to be the remains of “men, women and children of different ages”.
“These tombs were part of a large cemetery for a large city and not a military garrison as some suggest,” he said.
In a statement, the antiquities ministry said that “works are under way in order to reveal more secrets”.

This work follows previous excavation at the site, which began in 2015.


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Jeans and Headscarves

In many Muslim countries the dress code, especially for women, is dictated by religious believes. Wearing a HIJAB – (headscarf) is followed by many women. I was surprised, visiting Egypt, to see so many young girls and women still following this custom.

In stark contrast – these young girls and women wore mostly jeans.  Jeans being a modern-day garment must be the reason they avoided being censured by religion or the Quran – but they often make up for the modesty a Hijab imposes.

































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Egypt – Celebrating Eid Al Fitr

Eid Al Fitr is an important religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Quiet by coincidence I was in Luxor at that time. I had learned how important this celebration is for Egyptians and was looking forward to it. My friends, an Egyptian family invited me to share the feast with them, and being an outsider I felt honored.

It is customary to kill a lamb for this occasion – part of it is for the family and a part of it has to be given to the poor . My host showed me the flock from which they would choose the one for this years feast.




When the poor creature was about to lose its life I excused myself and went back to my hotel.

A few hours later I returned to see how the meal was prepared. Here are some of the images of going from the stable to the table.


It is the job of the women of the house to cut up the animal











This is what it looks like when being served, after several hours of cooking










The preparation did not make the meat tender. and I refused a second helping by telling my host that I was not a big eater.

The practice of killing a lamb for this occasion is still alive in the country side. However, in the city like Cairo butchers do the job and sell it by the pound.

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Valley of the Kings and it’s Countryside

Despite the millions of tourists who have visited the Valley of the Kings for hundreds of years, the countryside around it has not changed much. It is not very populated, well toiled and planted. The peacefulness that surrounds these fields, mountains and valleys is a befitting respect for  Egypt’s Pharaohs who have started their afterlife here.

































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