Sailing on a Felucca at Sunrise through Cairo, Egypt

Felucca on the Nile

What is startling is the silence in the middle of a city that normally assaults the senses. In mid-day Cairo, cars honk through the main roads, businessmen stride to work, vendors vend, ladies covered in the mystery of head-to-toe robes shuffle past … [Read more...]

Paying Respects at Egypt’s El-Alamein Battlefield and Museum

Egypt's El Alamein Miliatary Museum

To one side of me is the deep, oversaturated blue of the Mediterranean. To the other, the beige sands of the Sahara glare in a sun suitable for neither mad dogs nor Englishmen. Every once in a while there is barbed wire fence, less often, a sign … [Read more...]

Visiting Egypt’s Ruins from a Nile River Cruise

sunset over Nile

Look at a physical map of north Africa -- a map with brown mountains and green forests and beige deserts -- and you will see thousands of miles of sandy beige, and, then, a thin green line. The Nile. Life giver. In ancient times, the rising and … [Read more...]