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Photo Of The Week – A Smile Changes Everything

Do you like Kiwis? You don’t? Well, this smile will make you change your mind.

Cairo – A happy fruit seller

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Egypt – A Place Of Contrasts

The rooftop of the Hotel Fairmont in Cairo looked reassuring, architecturally beautiful and  well-kept –

in contrast the roof tops of the houses surrounding the hotel was another story………..

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KING TUT Is Coming Your Way

………..that is if you live anywhere near Los Angeles

2017-11-29 16:55:51
Las Vegas Review

Artifacts from King Tut’s tomb are going on tour next year to mark the upcoming 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Egyptian pharaoh’s resting place.
The California Science Center says the exhibit, “KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” will be on view at the Los Angeles museum for 10 months before heading to Europe in January 2019 as part of a 10-city international tour.
The museum says the exhibition represents the largest collection of artifacts and gold from Tutankhamun’s tomb ever to go on public display outside of Egypt. It says 40 percent of the items are leaving Egypt for the first and last time before going on permanent display at a new museum being built near the Giza Pyramids in Egypt.
King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922, more than 3,000 years after his death.
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Wall Painting in the Tomb of Pharaoh Tutenkhamun


KING TUT visited the United States for the first time in 1978. But this time he is bringing with him many treasures found in his tomb never seen before – lucky YOU if you live anywhere near Los Angeles!

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Egypt Sees 55% Rise in Tourists in Third Quarter

Egypt News
Al Ahram

The number of tourists coming to Egypt increased in the third quarter of 2017 by 55 percent compared to the same period last year, in keeping with an upward trend, according to state statistics body CAPMAS.

In its report, CAPMAS stated that the number of tourists during the third quarter in 2017 exceeded 2.3 million, compared to just over 1.5 million tourists in the previous year’s third quarter.

Egypt’s tourism revenues jumped 211.8 percent year-on-year to $5.3 billion in the first nine months of 2017, a government official said in October, according to Reuters.

The tourism and hospitality industry in Egypt took a blow when Russia, once responsible for a large portion of visitors to Egypt’s popular Red Sea resorts, banned flights to the country following a plane crash over Sinai in 2015 that killed over 200 people.

Tourism revenues in 2016 reached $3.4 billion in comparison.


Maybe it is time to put Egypt back on your bucket list?????




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Photo Of The Week – With Or Without A Head

Even when you have lost your head others still admire and point to  you ……

This is part of the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu –  an important New Kingdom structure on the West Bank of Luxor during the New Kingdom  (16th century BC to 11th Century BC)

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New Discovery – First Hellenistic gymnasium in Egypt

First Hellenistic gymnasium in Egypt discovered at Watfa village in Fayoum
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A German-Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered the first Hellenistic gymnasium ever found in Egypt, located at Medinat Watfa, in the northwest of Fayoum Oasis. The mission from the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), headed by Professor Cornelia Römer, made the discovery as part of its ongoing excavations at the Watfa site.

Watfa is the location of the ancient village Philoteris, founded by king Ptolemy II in the 3rd century BCE and named after his second sister Philotera. Aymen Ashmawi, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, said that the gymnasium included a large meeting hall, once adorned with statues, a dining hall and a courtyard in the main building.

There is also a racetrack of nearly 200 metres in length, long enough for the typical stadium-length races of 180 metres. Generous gardens surrounded the building, completing the ideal layout for a centre of Greek learning. Römer explains that gymnasia were privately founded by rich people who wanted their villages to become even more Greek in aspect. There, she continued, the young men of the Greek speaking upper-class were trained in sports, learned to read and write, and to enjoy philosophical discussions.

All big cities of the Hellenistic world, like Athens in Greece, Pergamon and Miletus in Asia Minor, and Pompei in Italy, had such gymnasia. “The gymnasia in the Egyptian countryside were built after their pattern. Although much smaller, the gymnasium of Watfa clearly shows the impact of Greek life in Egypt, not only in Alexandria, but also in the countryside,” Römer said.

Alexander the Great, she pointed out, had made Egypt part of the Hellenistic world, and thousands of Greek-speaking settlers flocked to the land by the Nile, attracted by the new Ptolemaic empire, which promised prosperity and peace. In the Delta and Fayoum in particular, new villages were founded, in which the indigenous population lived together with the Greek newcomers. Such villages were equipped not only with Egyptian temples, but also with Greek sanctuaries.

There were also public baths, an institution very popular in the Greek world. The baths soon became places of social encounter in the villages and meeting points for the Egyptian and Greek-speaking inhabitants. Gymnasia as places of Greek culture and lifestyle were part of this Hellenistic cultural setting. Inscriptions and papyri had already witnessed the existence of gymnasia in the countryside of the Ptolemaic period. They tell of of payments for parts of the main buildings being made by rich inhabitants of the villages, and of the men who governed the institutions.

At Watfa, the first building of this kind in Egypt has now been discovered. Watfa, ancient Philoteris, was one of the many villages founded under the first Ptolemies in the middle of the 3rd century BC. In the beginning, it had around 1,200 inhabitants, two thirds of them Egyptians, and one third Greek-speaking settlers. The German Archaeological Institute has been conducting surveys and excavations at Watfa since 2010.

One important aspect of the project‘s work is teaching Egyptian students, in cooperation with a teaching program at Ain Shams University, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).



Now we know the Egyptians were taking care of their health – just like we do today!

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Photo Of The Week – Can Feet Tell

… tall and big a person is? If the answer is yes this was a really colossal statue. A pity the rest of it got lost.

Karnak Temple in Luxor
















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Egypt – Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Ancient Egypt


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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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