The Nile – Ancient or Modern?

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller,”  Ibn Battuta.

Will you ever forget grade school geography books with glossy vivid color photos of the pyramids? Stimulating dreams of exotic societies, pondering feats of impressive engineering and the mysteries surrounding the ancient people who built them for the Egyptian pharaohs who expected to become gods in the afterlife.

I sat transfixed one chilly morning on the bow of our boat motoring from Aswan to Luxor – the photos appear to be from Biblical times. At this point in my travel life, I am besotted by raw culture, ancient civilizations which haven’t seemed to have changed in hundreds of years.  And of course, the entrée – the history, the pyramids and the sphinx, and the ancient burial tombs in the midst of twenty first century life. 

Elderly man with a sheet full of alfalfa climbed down to the edge of the Nile with breakfast for his donkeys. Assume it is a daily ritual.
Along the banks of the Nile.
Morning gathering on the Nile.
A home owner who appears to have seen Roman columns of a temple and using same technology on river home on the Nile.

Egypt is safe for Americans, I was welcomed by everyone and invited to pose in photos with locals – tall blondes are infrequent! The food is delectable and very healthy; I will never again eat pita bread in the U.S., equivalent to cardboard after snacking on hot from an oven pita bread used to scoop up an abundant assortment of garden-fresh mezzes.

Charter boat on the Nile- it comes with a tugboat in the event the wind doesn’t provide enough energy.
Morning fishermen on the Nile.
Men on the Nile building a dock from palm or date trees.
Morning sail along the Nile- Very low boat, assume they stay close to shore to avoid the wake of larger boats.

Farmers piloting donkey carts overloaded with the most beautiful enormous vegetables and fruit come to the cities at dawn, in the mix of traffic, it’s a stunning fusion of moving vehicles, flowing and weaving.

A charter boat leisurely sailing on the Nile.
Morning rituals along the banks of the Nile.
Boat filled with split logs along the banks of the Nile.
Fisherman along the banks of the Nile.
Pole boating in the reeds of the Nile.
Builders along the banks of the Nile.
This boat was so low in the water, the sailor’s foot steering the rudder, he is practically in the water, in the Nile.
Rowing along the Nile.
Morning fishing on the Nile.

The Journey of Egypt will never be forgotten!